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Friday, April 23, 2004  

SOME ELITES SECRETLY BACK BUSH

By HERM TUPPER
Affiliated Press International Writer

BOSTON (API)--Among the tony restaurants and night clubs of America's oldest liberal bastion are a secret group of Bush supporters--elites. The most visible Bush backers wear their jeans pressed and their Tony Lama's shined. They speak with a Texas twang. And most importantly, they eschew the world of education, arts, culture, and couture so long favored by the well-heeled. But here, where elitism never really went out of style, some of the highbrows are are tentatively starting to stand up for their rights. They're rich, they're educated, and they're not liberal.

"The tax cuts have been good--the looser business environment. Yes, the Bush administration has been good to us," said Quentin Throckmorton at a recent restaurant opening. Throckmorton, a former CEO for QualCorp--now in Chapter 11--saw his earnings skyrocket over the past 3 years. "I can't complain," he said, sampling a lobster brioche.

Boston, long known as a haven of elite liberalism, has lately been leaning further right in recent years--at least among the wealthiest citizens. But unlike their southern brethern, these aristocrats are elite and proud of it. "We've taken to calling our little group 'Skull and Herringbones," chimed in a Chanel-clad Alicia Fitzsimmons. "You know, skull in the antiquated sense--'school' or 'group.' You have to be educated to get it, right?" Fitzsimmons, a Wellesley graduate, rolled her eyes. "Conversation is so much more fun with the educated. Those Texas boors talk about three things: football, steak, and money."

"Don't forget God," Throckmorton said.

"Oh good Lord," she groaned, again rolling her eyes.

Privileged Bostonians, it seems, are tired of hiding their sophistication. While the President may hide his own blue blood behind the rhetoric of red meat, that doesn't mean these Bostonians have to. According to some (who politely requested not to be identified), a large advantage of being the ruling class is flaunting it. With both houses of Congress, the Presidency, and the courts, some feel there's really no reason to hide it anymore. "We won. We have it all. Why not live a little?"

But what about Boston's own candidate, John Kerry? Isn't he aristocratic enough?

"Oh come on. John Kerry? Sure, he went to Yale--big whoop." Martin Spangle, who worked on Governor Mitt Romney's election campaign, scoffed at the notion. "Who's his father? Where did he get his money--he married it! John Kerry's a bush league elitist at best (pardon the pun). If you want real prestige, you look to the house of Prescott Bush. John Kerry's grandfather was a Czech peasant and he came through Ellis Island."

The main course had arrived. Spangle held up his wine glass and offered a toast. "To George W. Bush, a true Bonesman--herringbone!"

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