Michael Ignatieff: stuck-up, snooty elitist:
One line of attack in particular, which derides Mr. Ignatieff for describing himself as “cosmopolitan,” both misses the mark and epitomizes the problematic character of the Conservatives' argument. The Canadian Oxford Dictionary defines that which is cosmopolitan as “sophisticated, worldly” and “consisting of people from any or all parts.” Far from insulting Mr. Ignatieff, this seems to position him as emblematic of the Canadian ideal: tolerant, multicultural and part of a diverse but coherent international mosaic...
[The current attack on Ignatieff] ridicules him for singing opera, belonging to a private club, owning a luxury condominium and, oddly, for drinking coffee. (It seems to take special offence at his choice of espresso, alongside a chocolate wafer, when conducting an interview.)
Jesus Christ, what a pompous, pretentious, self-absorbed blowhard, that Iggy.
In unrelated news, Her Majesty's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is an aspiring author, a curling fan, can (sort of) sing, plays piano, has "wide ranging" (almost, dare we say it, cosmopolitan?) taste in movies, and is currently learning to speak Spanish, which only proves what kind of talented and worldly intellectual he is. No, really.
In Mr. Harper's case, though, all of that is apparently a good thing. At least that's what I've heard.