It’s easy for smart people to become convinced of political “truths” that are fantasy. What we’re talking about is the disconnect between conservative media and conservative electoral success.
Consider that in 2012 about 125 million people voted for president. What can be the political universe for a conservative cable TV host or magazine is minuscule when it comes to a winning electorate. The top radio talk show hosts may get 10 million or 15 million listeners. The idea that they are representative of the electorate, the GOP as a whole or all conservatives is silly. Their audience is intense but, in electoral terms, tiny.
It is, on the other hand, considerably larger than the audience for liberal cable TV hosts, talk radio, or magazines. Or your column. You know, those folks whom you think should be “moderating” the conservative universe, you stupid Fifth Columnist twit?
Taking all of it too seriously is a mistake, and it suggests to the base that if only you speak and write clearly and loudly enough, America will accept a very, very conservative agenda. It just isn’t so.
Uh huh. The loudest and most clearly articulated very conservatvie agenda of the past fifty years resulted in two of the biggest Presidential landslides in that period. Ronald Reagan. You may remember him?
Well, I do. Even if a (former) lefty Hollywood hack like Rubin would prefer to forget him.
I wonder how long she’s going to be able to maintain her phony “conservative” schtick before, like another Hollywood harridan before her, Arianna Huffington, she returns to her left-wing roots. Probably only until she decides she can make more money as a real lefty than as a faux conservative.