The New York City Hall Bureau Chief for Politico, in Iowa to cover New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign for president, issued a tweet mocking the state which triggered one well-known Twitter Iowa conservative to fire off a blizzard of hilarious responses.
Sally Goldenberg, obviously disturbed to find herself in so-called “fly-over country,” tweeted: “Observations from Iowa – it is very flat, driving is monotonous, there is more unbuilt land in one block than NYC has in an entire borough, dirt roads are terrifying, no one carries almond milk and caucus-goers are extremely well-informed.”
She added, “And @ndhapple and I will never be so happy to step onto a subway again.”
That did it. As Twitchy reported, David Burge, aka “Iowahawk,” then decimated the New York reporter on Twitter with this series of responses:
“Legit this is the funniest thing I’ve ever read.”
“Iowa should change its state motto to “Monotonously Terrifying.”
“dirt roads”? “blocks?” Next time I go to New York I’m going to try to describe some of them thar cee-ment people barns.”
“OMG I feel like Neil Armstrong #OneSmallStepForMan.”
“I guess being called “extremely well-informed” is a compliment, but it’s sorta like being told you’re very handsome by the Elephant Man.”
He noted, “A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sally now lives in Brooklyn. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Rutgers University.”
“Sorry your stay was unsatisfactory ma’am, next time we’ll be sure to spray everything down with 100 million gallons of hobo piss.”
“Politico editor: we’re not going to be caught by surprise again like in 2016, let’s send our top Brooklyn cat lady to find out what’s going on out there.”
“Roll up your windows when you drive through our hood, yo.”
Goldenberg’s view from her perch in New York is reminiscent of the infamous Saul Steinberg illustration on the cover of the March 29, 1976 issue of The New Yorker which was supposed to represent the view from Manhattan of the rest of the world.
Steinberg’s illustration featured the entire bottom half of the image as Manhattan’s 9th Avenue, 10th Avenue and the Hudson River. The upper half contained the rest of the world; the rest of the United States is equivalent to three New York City blocks and has four boundaries: New Jersey, Canada, Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. Only five American cities are listed: Washington D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Three states are named: Nebraska, Texas, and Utah; beyond the Pacific Ocean China, Japan, and Russia are labeled. Europe does not exist.
In 2017, a writer for New York Magazine, defending against the charge that liberal elitists look down their noses at Middle America, wrote that the liberal elitists really had middle America’s best interests at heart:
It’s always a good idea to make some effort to understand people with different backgrounds, different views, different life circumstances, and yes, even different prejudices than our own. But to the extent that liberals genuinely believe their policies are best for the whole country — you know, the country they are suspected of loving too little — then arguing that the Heartland is worse for their absence is an act not of “elite” disdain but of communal affection.
That may not be a perspective shared by folks in so-called “fly-over country.”