While Alterman is certainly correct about Republican agitprop--it's easy to be correct about Republican agitprop--he certainly fails to notice one reality when complaining of accusations of a "liberal" (or really, for him, Democratic Party) elite. Has he noticed that the national party's nomination race is currently being torn apart by an ending contest between a relative outsider and newcomer, and the two most entrenched elite figures in the party?
It's undeniably true that the Democratic Party has an elite, or, as Alterman replied in e-mail to my question to him years ago, regarding his unending bashing of Ralph Nader--"Do you just want the country run by elite party insiders?" is what I wrote--"Of course the country is run by elites, and it should be. The question is which elites."