Meet the New Right

Same as the old Right, says the Hyacinth Girl:

Having ceded the culture war decades ago, the right has continued to lose touch with popular culture, even while believing that because they watch Dancing with the Stars they are somehow still “hip.” Each generation brings its new “sexy” “young” conservatives who are generally younger versions of their elders. Maybe they’re thinner, or female, or have fake breasts and expensive highlights, but they’ve got the same degrees from the same schools and have had the same career trajectory as their predecessors. They’ve got law degrees or poli-sci degrees or whatever, and they sound the same as the old guys.

Now I happen to think that popular culture’s influence on contemporary politics suggests, um, a state of urinal poverty; but there are people who live, breathe and excrete this stuff. You’ve heard of “low-information voters”? Today we’re seeing the rise of no-information voters, and various campaign committees on both sides of the aisle have figured out that their votes count exactly the same as everyone else’s. (Truly we have enshrined the principle of One Douche, One Vote.) I await their discovery that the School of Hard Knox is the one and only institution guaranteed to have an open-admissions policy.


  1. McGehee »

    15 November 2012 · 9:15 pm

    Anyone on the Right who wants to be thought of as hip, isn’t on the Right.

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    16 November 2012 · 3:49 am

    Is it possible, do you think, that Miss Hyacinth yearns for “young, hip” conservatives who are liberals?

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    16 November 2012 · 12:58 pm

    We got riots in Poland. They are rioting over what sound like exactly the same issues that are dividing this country, though the Poles have the added excuse that they are a Catholic country. We should be happy that we are content to just holler about things rather than doing anything about it. Mostly.

  4. FeFe »

    18 November 2012 · 6:07 pm

    I think conservatives haven’t paused long enough on the “freeze it” part of popular culture: Hollywood with everything as a product tie-in pushing earned media as charity celebrities to the connected generation.

    Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals -Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

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