The most-common category in Washington, however, is the straight-up philistine, epitomized by Lieberman
and his chum William Bennett and much of the Washington press corps and affiliated academics.
Philistines really hate popular culture. The best among them have some idealized notion of "America" that is
constantly being undercut by actual Americans, the messy, coarse folk who laugh at Farrelly Brothers
movies, watch wrestling and listen to rap music. They really believe that the country would be a more
moral, compassionate place if people didn't curse so much. I don't believe that they're all bad people —
they just have no idea how most normal people experience art or entertainment.