Not too long ago conservatives sat silently in the face of a media complex that relentlessly mocked them. From music to movies, television to nightly news, conservatives were almost always on the butt-end of political jokes. The narratives that sprang up to slime the right were tough, if not nearly impossible, to stamp out. One could only watch with frustration as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, David Letterman or any number of late-night “funnymen” ripped our worldview and our heroes to shreds. Media could circle the wagons around their ideological allies and shield them from the slings and arrows of quick-witted conservatives.
Needless to say, those days are over. Recently, conservatives have come out with guns blazing, shooting down the early efforts of the Obama campaign and the mainstream media to create narratives and frame the debate. Comedy Central has taken notice, which means that many, many other liberals have as well.
Comedy Central’s Gonzalo Cordova put it this way:
Today Former White House Press Secretary Bill Burton attempted to start a hashtag game called #RomneyYachtNames. It’s so unfunny and forced, it’s exactly the kind of thing that would trend on Twitter. And it did, but not the way Bill Burton intended.
Conservatives hijacked the hashtag and soon started their own called #ObamaYachtNames. …
But that’s not the only conservative hashtag game that’s caught in this week. Just in the past few days, the ones I’ve seen: #MorePopularThanObamaBudget, #ObamaInHistory, #ObamaFirsts, #LowerUnderObama,
#ObamaBedtimeStories, #HomophonesforObama. If you feel like punishing yourself, just scroll down @MichelleMalkin Twitter feed. Re-tweeting the unfunniest garbage tweets she can find is apparently a hobby of hers.
Everyone in power deserves to be ridiculed. If that wasn’t true, we’d be wasting our time with this blog (instead of just wasting your time with this blog). I don’t have a problem with these hashtag games politically. I have a problem with these hashtag games comedically.
As Christian Toto points out, Cordova doesn’t really believe that. What Comedy Central means is that conservatives in power deserve to be ridiculed. And that’s why Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and Reddit and a whole host of other platforms will drive liberals batty as we go forward. There is a new crop of conservatives out there like nothing they’ve ever seen:
- We read Hayek during the day, and at night we make jokes about Sylvester Stallone throwbacks like Cobra.
- We read Russel Kirk, but we’ll put it down in a heartbeat on opening night for the next Christopher Nolan flick.
- We buy books by Arthur C. Brooks, but we also purchased The Walking Dead in our local comic shop long before anyone thought it would make compelling television.
- We love Thomas Sowell, but we also love … Apollo Creed.
Note to Comedy Central: There is no tomorrow. We’ve been waiting for this moment for quite some time, and now you’re going to have deal with us. And Cordova — we’re not talking our eyes off of you … even when we bow.