The End of the Conservative Media? Or Why Brandon Was Right (Sorta)

Conservatives should be familiar with its contours. For years, they’ve been arguing that liberal control of media and academia confers one advantage: Folks on the right can’t help but be familiar with the thinking of liberals, whereas leftists can operate entirely within a liberal cocoon. This analysis was offered to explain why liberal ideas were growing weaker and would be defeated [...]

Conservatives were at a disadvantage because Romney supporters like Jennifer Rubin and Hugh Hewitt saw it as their duty to spin constantly for their favored candidate rather than being frank about his strengths and weaknesses. What conservative Washington Post readers got, when they traded in Dave Weigel for Rubin, was a lot more hackery and a lot less informed about the presidential election.

Conservatives were at an information disadvantage because so many right-leaning outlets wasted time on stories the rest of America dismissed as nonsense. WorldNetDaily brought you birtherism.Forbes brought you Kenyan anti-colonialism. National Review obsessed about an imaginary rejection of American exceptionalism, misrepresenting an Obama quote in the process, and Andy McCarthy was interviewed widely about his theory that Obama, aka the Drone Warrior in Chief, allied himself with our Islamist enemies in a “Grand Jihad” against America. Seriously?

Conor Friedersdorf has more here. Do read the whole thing.

I was wrong in my prediction that Romney would win, but only because I hadn’t been paying attention to the most recent jobs reports. Unemployment rates are low enough for Obama to win re-election. So my overall point that the economy trumps everything else is still spot on. Can you imagine Obama winning re-election with unemployment at 8.5%? Me neither.

The GOP could have taken a lesson from Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, though, and realized that while Americans respect wealthy people more than most other societies, such respect hardly ever translates into political success (rich people already boss us around at work, why would we want them bossing us around in the political arena as well?).

And, in case you are wondering, I didn’t vote. If I had, I would have voted for Gary Johnson, “no” to tax increases and “yes” to abolishing the death penalty.

6 thoughts on “The End of the Conservative Media? Or Why Brandon Was Right (Sorta)”

  1. The Republicans need to re-brand and delete all social conservative positions from their platform. If the God freaks don’t like it, too bad. Let them stay home, vote Democrat or Republican as they wish. So called conservatives should be concentrating on small government, a strong military, a philosophically principled foreign policy, and a secular judiciary that ignores all religions and judges based on the facts and the rule of law.

    Their new platform needs to be more inclusive, particularly with Hispanic concerns, not out of a sense of pragmatics, but if America is to develop an expanded trade relationship with Hispanics, how willing will their governments be to participate with radical xenophobes who treat their southern neighbors with disdain in juxtaposition to the favorite status given to our neighbors to the north?

    It’s economics. They need jobs, we need workers and an expanded tax base as well as new trading partners. Let the Xenophobes vote with the KKK as a bloc. Their absence won’t be missed. The Constitution states that all men were created equal – not just U.S. citizens and Canadians.

    However, I won’t get my hopes up that the leadership will suddenly turn rational and see the possibility of gaining 2 or 3 new voters for every one bigot they ignore in constructing their philosophical/political planks.

    Great blog. I enjoy my daily visits here. Just wanted to pass that along.

  2. one of my sons voted for Gary Johnson. I contended he needed a much more exciting name like–well–when you’re up against guys named Mitt and Barak–it’s pretty hard to become a household name without a little imagination to your name. My other son has made the comment that the Repbublican part needs a split–as in liberal versus the more conservative tea-party group. He also says that John Bainer is no good as speaker of the house and this I didn’t know –anyone can become speaker of the house they don’t need to belong to either party–I always thought the biggest problem for an independant candidate was that they were not affliated with the two leading parites.

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