Rightbloggers' Solution to Obama's Reelection: Bring Back Culture War and White People!

They certainly saw that the American culture with which they were forced to engage wasn't going their way -- "American culture war has been markedly intensified," diagnosed George Weigel at National Review, "as those who booed God, celebrated an unfettered abortion license, canonized Sandra Fluke, and sacramentalized sodomy at the Democratic National Convention will have been emboldened to advance the cause of lifestyle libertinism through coercive state power, thus deepening the danger of what a noted Bavarian theologian calls the 'dictatorship of relativism.'" But to the extent that they had ideas about how to turn the tide, they were confused.

"Elections are won and lost in the politics of the moment, but it's the culture that makes the nation," said Andrew Klavan at City Journal. "How can we reach out to struggling workers without sacrificing our commitment to free enterprise and individual liberty? How can we speak to single women without losing voters committed to family values and the lives of the unborn?"

How indeed? Klavan had three ideas: First, you need an alternative to the Lame Stream Media. No, another alternative: "How is it possible," he asked, "that the mind-boggling success of Fox News has failed to spawn half a dozen imitators at least -- especially venues for the libertarian young with their antic sense of political incorrectness?... It's time for others to step up." His suggested next wave of future Foxies: "Breitbart disciples like John Nolte, Ben Shapiro, and Joel Pollak." [blink]

Klavan also wanted conservatives to move big into "the entertainment industry," but not by actually creating art that normal people want to see: "We don't need more conservative artists," he insisted. "We need an infrastructure to support them: more funding, more distribution, sympathetic review venues, grants and awards for arts that speak the truth out loud." Maybe the same people paying for Fox II can step up. Also, said Klavan, "the triumph of science, the comfort of Western life, and a sophisticated elite virulently hostile to religion have all contributed to an intellectual atmosphere of unbelief," and this must be reversed by "sound argument made publicly, unabashedly, and without fear." We're not sure, but we think he means street-corner preachers. Conservatives, pitch in your spare soapboxes!

Sonny Bunch A commenter at Sonny Bunch's site compared America to wartime Iraq, where "it took a critical mass of verifiable observations, insurgent excesses, and the develop of credible relationships with key communicators in the real power structures to actually change perceptions in parts of the country... For the GOP, we can't continue to allow every institution (with the exception of the sub-G.O. level armed forces) to be controlled by the left." The solution is clear: Carpet-bomb Hollywood!

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At the Washington Free Beacon, Matthew Continetti advised conservatives "find appealing and attractive spokesmen and women for a conservative economic message that champions the working and middle class" -- we understand Lindsay Lohan is available -- "a cultural message that speaks to the anxieties of the white working class" -- see the Confederates, above -- "and a rhetoric that avoids fodder for the comedy 'news' shows and blogs that shape the mindset of young people..." OK, now he's just fucking with us.

"For too long we have ceded Pop Culture to Liberalism," groused The Last Tradition. "That has to change and the message of conservatism needs to permeate Pop Culture and make it a 'cool' thing again to be a conservative." How, though, to permeate pop when you alienate homosexuals and single women? "We must engage in Pop Culture: books, movies, TV show, social media and everything else," deadpanned TLT. "There needs to be a counter insurgency of ideas because every subject is political in one way or another. We have to tilt opinion in an engaging way that gets the results we want." All right, troops, engage! I mean: Be engaging! Soldier, I don't like your elevator pitch!

Some had tools to offer: Lee Stranahan, for example, had a newsletter. "Are you conservative, right of center or libertarian leaning?" he asked. "Are you an artist, writer, filmmaker, musician, blogger, podcaster, craftsperson or other creative type?... We'll give you the fuel, the resources and the know-how to keep up the fight for the values you believe in."

Others had schtick. "We all recoil at the phrase 'legitimate rape,'" said Sherif Girgis, referring to Todd Akin's career-ending gibberish at the New York Times. "[Akin] -- like Whoopi Goldberg, who notoriously wondered whether Roman Polanski's alleged sex with a 13-year-old girl he'd reportedly served alcohol was 'rape' or 'rape rape' -- was glib about distinctions in an area where glib distinctions have been used to shift blame (and shame) from predator to victim." Goldberg was running for the Senate, too, we guess, so zing! But seriously, folks, "what all pro-lifers seek," said Girgis ("a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Princeton"), "and what Akin's comments make harder to realize, is a world in which there is finally no zero-sum game between mothers' needs and those of their unborn children." Heads they live, tails you whores go to jail. Thanx and try the human veal!

In the end, it was clear what they meant by culture war: The same thing they've meant since the days of Pat Buchanan. At PJ Media, Ron Radosh told us that Oliver Stone was turning our children into communists, but fortunately he had a solution:

For your left-leaning friends and associates, I highly recommend a new e-book written by my friend, the eminent historian Martin J. Sklar. It is called Letters on Obama (from the Left):The Global Revolution and the Obama Counter-Revolution...

In Sklar's view, the Republican have advocated policies that are pro-growth, pro-democratic, and within the American tradition, while the policies of the Democrats have been regressive, reactionary, and, in Marxist terms, counter-revolutionary. I urge readers to purchase his book - which costs only $4.95 - and engage his argument...

Yeah, that oughta do it. So in general, here's how it will go: Rightbloggers will bitch about the culture, but because actually contributing to culture -- that is, devoting oneself to the arts or workaday journalism -- is both politcally unrewarding and really, really hard, they'll continue to just talk about how badly culture needs reforming (sometimes in $4.95 books) and in their off-hours stuff their hands in their pockets and wait for some neo-Murdoch to pay them to play anchorman.

And why shouldn't they? They've seen Democrats -- even two-term Democrats -- come and go, but the great gravy train that is modern conservatism never ends. At some point Obama will make some weak gesture toward taxing the rich or something, and they'll all rush the fence and bark like junkyard dogs. But as soon as the outrage has passed, they'll trot back to their bowls and chow down.

Or so the big-time bloggers will do. The rest do it without kibble. It's one of the things we find charming about them. Good job, fellas; now, on to the next catastrophe.


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EdKollin
EdKollin

While all these bloggers are writing others have acted on the belief the Obama's reelection means we are Soviet Union 1955 by engaging in mass layoffs and crashing the stock market.  

StringOnAStick
StringOnAStick topcommenter

"eschewing politics in polite company"?  Yeah, right; every overbearing bore proclaiming their politics to me has been a wingnut, period, and it has always been them deciding they need to gift me with their Fox-fed alternate reality.  And now some blog writer is telling her minions to do this even more?  Oh, excellent.  This should go over just as well the right to lifers announcing post-election day that they're going with an even more aggressive approach, because once the rest of us see just how sincere they are, we'll all suddenly agree with them. 

piniella14
piniella14

“Millions of American evangelicals are absolutely shocked by not just the presidential election, but by the entire avalanche of results that came in,” R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., said in an interview. “It’s not that our message — we think abortion is wrong, we think same-sex marriage is wrong — didn’t get out. It did get out. “It’s that the entire moral landscape has changed,” he said. “An increasingly secularized America understands our positions, and has rejected them.”

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

 "We must engage in Pop Culture: books, movies, TV show, social media and everything else," deadpanned TLT. "There needs to be a counter insurgency of ideas because every subject is political in one way or another. We have to tilt opinion in an engaging way that gets the results we want."

 

The problem is not that you're presenting your message in an insufficiently hip way: the problem is that your message is horrifying and barbarous.  Can you tell me exactly what you're <i>looking</i> for by way of "conservative" "books, movies, and TV shows?"  'Cause maybe I'm just naive, but I can't help feeling that while your hilarious sitcom about how poor people should die because they can't afford medical care is definitely going to have an electoral impact, it may not be the one you were hoping for.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

How did the idiot learn that she was an 'abortion survivor'? Did her mother hate her enough to tell her that she'd tried to abort her?

substancemcgravitas
substancemcgravitas

"Are you an artist, writer, filmmaker, musician, blogger, podcaster, craftsperson or other creative type?... We'll give you the fuel, the resources and the know-how to keep up the fight for the values you believe in."

 

Rock for obedience!

draa100
draa100

I could read shit like this all day long. It never gets old. The whining from the righties is soooo sweet that it makes my fruitloops that much better.

MaryRC
MaryRC

Kevin DuJan is such a little con man and grifter that I'm still not entirely convinced that he ever believed Romney could win. His followers are the real suckers.  Kevin not only fed them the party line -- Nate Silver is scamming you, look at 2010! -- he claimed to have insider knowledge from the black community in Chicago.  Black Americans were sick of Obama, Obama himself was sick (AIDS and Parkinsons), the Obamas were tired of Washington and rich bankster friends had bought them a mansion in Hawaii, so Obama wanted to lose -- Kevin had the goods.  None of his followers (that made it through moderation anyway) have asked him what happened to all that inside gossip and information, they're all "Thank you, Kevin, for helping them through this terrible time."  And now they're whipping themselves into a froth over voter fraud because what other explanation could there be?  He's groomed them well.

Jack
Jack

His suggested next wave of future Foxies: "Breitbart disciples like John Nolte, Ben Shapiro, and Joel Pollak."

 

And that pretty much sums it up. I think it's really about time that liberals just ignore anything that conservatives have to say about anything because that statement alone proves just how completely fucking ignorant they are. Those have to be three of the biggest, crack pot, whining douchebags in the entire right wing blogosphere. 

Anony
Anony

"If only married people voted, Romney would have won in a landslide. If only married religious people voted, you'd need a word that means something much bigger than landslide."

 

And if only Romney voters had voted, why, then we'd be in business!

gopnot4me
gopnot4me

Now I see the ole perfessor, in a baggy shift, preparing to throw a bowling ball overhand. Thank you. And Thurber.

MaryRC
MaryRC

 @ifthethunderdontgety Or they never quite get it right.  Like this commenter:  "Going John Galt for the sake of the country. Please get rid of TV and cable. Everything can be viewed online.".

 

Or the now-infamous Freeper who's going off the grid by getting rid of cell phones,  landlines, credit cards and computer accounts and is going to get in touch with the local Tea Party.  By carrier pigeon, one assumes.

rmk948
rmk948

 @ifthethunderdontgety The loathsome "self-made" millionaire Mr. Bounderby in Dickens's "Hard Times" sputtered  that he might as well throw his money in the ocean if he were taxed to provide some meager poor relief. Dickens noted that rich men often made these threats, but that none were ever observed to follow through.

CptnSpldng
CptnSpldng

 @Jack "Brietbart's body lies a-moldering in the grave,

Brietbart's body lies a-moldering in the grave.

Brietbart's body lies a-moldering in the grave.

His herp keeps derping on."

 

atgnewheaven
atgnewheaven

 @CptnSpldng  @Jack Longtime-Reader-1st-Time-Poster.  God how I love you!  I've been laughing all night long .....

 

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