Putting the Ass in Aspirational

The Hyacinth Girl doesn’t “get excited about politicians anymore”:

Every single one of them will disappoint, especially Republicans. The problem with most people who want to get into politics is that they either want to be liked or believe they should be liked. Republicans consistently buy into the false narrative written by the media and gleefully embraced and recited by the Left. We lost the culture war in the 1960’s, and we’ve been playing catch up ever since. Republicans don’t want to be the nerds, the unpopular kids, the squares, and they suck up to the media because they view the media as kingmakers. They claim to be outsiders and sometimes they really are, like Sarah Palin, but to believe the lame false narrative, you’ve got to be in the bubble. The rest of us mouthbreathers know that the narrative is bullshit, but when you’re in the political machine — like, say, Newt — you can’t see the forest for the particularly obnoxious tree interviewing you at the moment.

Sarah Palin, I suspect, works the machine just a trifle too well to be completely persuasive as an outsider.

On the other hand, she’s got Gingrich dead to rights: you can be absolutely certain that Newt’s primary concern was, and is, Newt.


  1. McGehee »

    25 May 2011 · 9:33 am

    The problem with most people who want to get into politics is that they either want to be liked or believe they should be liked.

    I’m imagining someone telling me this circa late 1996 and following it up in Yoda’s voice, “That is why you fail.”

    I need to go post this on GetOutaMyFaceBook.

  2. Nicole »

    25 May 2011 · 7:40 pm

    I completely agree with her. (except for the Palin bit)

    I’m so ready for a world without politics at all. Never happen, I know. But not a damn one of ’em is worth the oxygen they breathe. Ultimately they are all only after their own satisfaction – whether it be popularity, power, money, whatever. Common sense never has and never will enter into politics and we are all held hostage by the people who are willing to play the game.

  3. McGehee »

    25 May 2011 · 10:38 pm

    Lately I’ve been almost daily amazed at the average human being’s ability to believe things despite lifetimes of contrary evidence — and their resulting astonishment when, say, the brand they’ve embraced turns out to be just as crappy as the other one they’ve spent their lives reviling at every opportunity, just in a slightly different way.

    I must have been disillusioned at an extremely early age, and I heartily recommend that every child go through it. It will do wonders for their ability to cope with unpleasant reality.

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