A group of prominent elitists has called on presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary Clinton to apologize for what the group characterized as egalitarian remarks they made this week.

A group of prominent elitists has called on presidential hopefuls John McCain and Hillary Clinton to apologize for what the group characterized as egalitarian remarks they made this week.

Percy Kensington Ambrose Pierce VI, speaking for the group of elitists, said, "I think anybody who doesn’t disparage anyone who is hardworking — the dedicated people who cherish the right to hunt and observe their values and the culture —  I think that's a fundamental contradiction to what I think America is."

Ambrose Pierce VI called on Clinton and McCain to immediately cease using the term "elitist" and apologize to the lower class the world over for trying to put them into unfair competition with the elite.

He said the recent claims made by Clinton and McCain, that  remarks by Barack Obama at a private fundraiser in San Francisco last week were "elitist," are giving undue praise to the senator’s remarks "that is unjustified and unworthy."

"We’re better than that and we will let the world know," said Ambrose Pierce VI, Royal Highness of the group known as the Blessed Line Of Oblige Descendents Living In Nattily Elitist Splendor or BLOODLINES. "Frankly, those remarks of Obama’s don’t even begin to pass the sniff test of elitism."

The elitist group’s remarks were the latest reaction to Obama's description last week of residents of small towns that have been economically distressed for a generation or more, in which he said that, "It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Ambrose Pierce VI said his group usually doesn’t stoop to even acknowledging the tiresome and tedious quarrels of the common man "unless it could affect a good bottle of wine or a great game of squash," but the remarks of Clinton and McCain, trying to portray the senator from Illinois as an elitist, "though far removed from the squash court and the sommelier, had hit a little too close to the castle."

It was bad enough in 2004, he said, when they began calling Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry an elitist. But Ambrose Pierce said he and his fellow bluebloods managed to keep their distress in check, taking out their elitist frustration, when necessary, on doormen, chauffeurs, and private chefs.

This latest incident, however, proved to be the last diamond-encrusted straw. Ambrose Pierce said he immediately hopped into his Bentley and had his chauffeur speed him over to the club. After a sauna and escargot, he and his fellow elitists decided to go public with their demands.

"We need to settle this," said Ambrose Pierce. "If that means dueling Clinton and McCain at 20 paces, that’s what my private chef is prepared to do."

When apprized of the demand, a spokesman for McCain said the Senator from Arizona "doesn’t negotiate with elitists."

Later, while speaking to reporters traveling with him to Pennsylvania, McCain said Obama should apologize for his remarks against "small-town America because they seem to be putting my life in danger from some elitist I’ve never heard of."

"I think my own remarks may be defining," McCain said, adding that his unwillingness to apologize indicates "a certain out-of-touch elitism that I hope the elitists are paying attention to."

"It’s him — Obama — they should be gunning for. Not me," McCain said.

The Arizona Senator said he would prefer to use his "Straight Talk Express to settle the dispute, taking on the elitist of choice in a game of "chicken."

A spokesman for Clinton acknowledged the Senator from New York may have misspoke if she had given the impression that she was an elite, or even elitist, shot with a dueling pistol. But if it did come down to a duel, the spokesman said Clinton would be ready, at 3 a.m., on day one of her presidency to defend her honor.

Obama's focus turned to the duel when he began fielding questions, reflecting what aides say is a rising anger after facing days of criticism for his comments.

"I have tried to figure out how to show restraint and make sure that, during this primary contest, we're not damaging each other so badly that it's hard for us to run in November. But maybe a duel is the only way to settle this.

"Obviously, it's a little easier for me to say that, since, you know, I lead in delegates and states and popular vote, and it’s not me the elitists are after."

Philip Maddocks can be reached at pmaddock@cnc.com