The sneering, condescending Democrat is an archetype — a staple of Fox News, of GOP fundraising and somehow, even of the conservative intelligentsia.

It began with the Goldwater campaign, reached its full height about the time Spiro Agnew took on the East Coast’s “effete corps of impudent snobs,” and works today not only because the stereotype has been so well-tended, but because there’s a soupçon of truth to it. …

And yet, the hauteur of the left can’t hold a $495 Cedar Wood-scented Burberry candle to some of the recent comments from the same Senate Republicans whose tax plan so transparently robs from college students to give to the top 0.02 percent.

While debating the tax plan last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah let drop this doozy on the Children’s Health Insurance Program for poor children: “The reason CHIP’s having trouble,’’ he said of the program, which expired in September and has yet to be renewed, “is because we don’t have money anymore.”

You refer, perhaps, to the money we’d be laying out to further advantage the wealthiest families in the country? …

Whereas, back to those children from low-income families, Hatch said, “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves — won’t lift a finger — and expect the federal government to do everything.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the same basic point about the moral superiority of the ultra-rich and the less admirable priorities among those not even well enough off to have a portfolio: “I think not having the estate tax,” which already exempts a couple’s first $11 million from any taxation, “recognizes the people that are investing” and rewards that. “As opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”

… The takeaway from both of these lawmakers’ remarks, however, is that lower-income Americans, even children, aren’t rich because they aren’t good.

… They also reflect the priorities that New York Rep. Chris Collins candidly acknowledged when he said of the tax plan, “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’”

— The Kansas City Star