“For somebody who has been called ‘elitist,’ going to Hawaii is not exactly going against type,” Schoen said. “I would rather have him going to national parks.”
First, I’d note that Hawaii has 8 national parks, so these are not necessarily mutually exclusive propositions.
Second, I was struck by Kevin Drum’s reaction:
A NOTE FROM THE REAL WORLD.…Hawaii is an elitist vacation spot? Seriously? Just for the record, folks, Hawaii is about the least elitist vacation spot on the planet. It ranks right in between Disneyland and the Grand Canyon on the elitism meter, and probably a couple of notches below a visit to Yosemite.
Growing up on the East Coast, Hawaii seemed like a pretty elite vacation spot. The Caribbean and even Europe occupied roughly the position Drum is giving to Hawaii. Since moving to California, I’ve been struck by the different patterns in vacation spots. Californians seem to take fairly frequent vacations in Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, islands in Oceania, or various points in Asia, but not so much in Europe or the Caribbean. It isn’t surprising given the geography, but it is a mental adjustment. Therefore, Kevin’s is a note from California, a state with an at-times-tenuous connection to the real world.
Kansans, FWIW, tended to vacation within the continental US. These regional differences matter, since California isn’t a swing state, and swing state voters will react differently than I would.
I hope and pray that they won’t make their minds up based on silliness like this, or at least that they’ll recognize that this is about family, not about campaigning.