10 Feb '12, 7pm

The real reason Gingrich finds the subway so offensive : It breeds liberalism.

The real reason Gingrich finds the subway so offensive : It breeds liberalism.

Growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I used the subway to get around the city. Cabs — or car services, since in those days (the 1990s) taxis were often impossible to find in my part of town — were saved for special circumstances: It was very late, it was pouring rain, or your subway line wasn’t running. Only some Uptown kids, with more money than me, seemed to use cabs as their main mode of transportation, the same way suburbanites drive everywhere. They often seemed to have an only passing familiarity with the subway system. So it was with considerable amusement that I heard that Newt Gingrich inveighed again last Friday against “elites” in Manhattan who live in high rises and “ride the subway.” As every New Yorker knows, the measure of true privilege is being centrally located and flush enough that you never have to depend on the loud, dirty, unreliable mass transit syste...

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