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Or so it seems. According to Andrew Breitbart:

What the Republican Party needs to do now is figure out how to make up for 40 years of ignoring the net effect of film, television and music, and the youth culture that goes along with it. When will the people who make the big decisions and write the big checks realize the AM radio band is not enough?

As I’ve written and stated many times, college Republicans and other young conservative activists need to go Hollywood – in mind, spirit and even in location.

If you’re not buying his argument, then, quick! Name ten conservative celebrities. Drawing a blank? Name five. Still nothing? Okay, name just one true-blue, dyed-in-the-wool, celebrity conservative. The only one that springs to my mind is Kirk Cameron, and I’m not even sure he counts anymore.

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Sarah Palin, when shown a photo recently of MSNBC’s resident douche bag Keith Olbermann, let out a shriek and said, “THAT guy is EVIL!”

I have to admit that my instinctive reactions about MSNBC’s resident hate-monger are similar to Palin’s. Whenever I flip to an NFL pre-game analysis on NBC and I see that Olbermann is on the panel, I immediately cringe and reach for the remote control so that I can change the channel as quickly as possible.

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Sarah Palin is counter-attacking some smear mongers (aka the mainstream media) who have been making apparently false claims that her daughter Bristol and her son-in-law Levi Johnston are high-school dropouts.

This prompted media expert Michael Levine to characterize her statements as “profoundly unusual”  and, “in some ways, demeaning of the position she has. It’s so clearly an effort to go on offense against a bad situation.”

Say what? Combating lies with the truth is demeaning? Since when? The fact that a media expert thinks truth telling (especially by politicians and the MSM) is profoundly unusual comes as no surprise to me, but demeaning? Levine’s reaction speaks volumes, both about Palin’s integrity and the Public Relations industry’s lack thereof.

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Near the end of what appears to be a routine and yawntastic scold piece

It was during the oughts that Americans started drinking more bottled water than beer. As Susan McWilliams of Pomona College observes, you can tell something about a society that chooses clever water over humble beer. Bottled water is personal, inward-driven. Beer is social, outward-driven. Beer gets the party started. Water is the thirst quencher of choice for the solitary fitness addict, marching to the beat of his or her own drummer, digitally remastered for the iPod.

…Jonah Goldberg makes a pretty reasonable case:

I don’t know that society is any less healthy because it lacks a theme, and I’m certain I don’t want Washington to invent one for us.

Still, I do think society craves a theme, which is one reason why Barack Obama’s airy rhetoric of unity appealed to so many people, particularly recent college grads, the wealthy, journalists and others most directly immersed in, and responsible for, the self-indulgence of recent years.

The interesting question is whether Mr. Obama can – with the aid of his accomplices – impose a meaning on our age, or whether the age of meaning itself is over.

Head to the comments section and leave your vote. Mine? In time the year 2000 will mark the beginning of a great shift leftward (you heard me right), in both ideology and practice. For this, I believe many will call it the beginning of the progressive age.

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Conservative talk radio seems to be trying to position itself as the vanguard of the resistance movement. Here’s an interesting read in the New York Times detailing all of the movers and shakers.

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This quote got under my skin today:

“[A]ny attacks have to conform to existing public narratives of Obama.”
—Patrick Ruffini

I happen to agree with the author’s excellent general premise (that “our hits against him have to be clean hits, or they will blow up in our face”) but where’s the creativity in conforming to “existing public narratives” which, as of today, have swept Democrats into power, have banished the GOP to the wilderness and have painted conservative Christians as sanctimonious, hypocritical liars?

Those same narratives have cast Obama in such a favorable light that using the word “savior” in describing the man has become all too common and has taken society’s focus off the real savior, Jesus Christ. The current narratives aren’t going to get us anywhere.

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After the 2006 and 2008 election fiascoes, the GOP needs to make up some ground and do it quick. That’s obvious. This article in Milwaukee’s Journal-Sentinel suggests that we till some Upper Midwest soil. In the article, a Democratic election analyst named Ruy Teixeira (no relation to the whiny, money-grubbing former Texas Rangers’ 1st baseman) offers some advice:

‘[Republicans] have to stop the bleeding among white college grads and Hispanics and go after the younger generation,’ said Teixeira, who has argued that social and population trends are now helping Democrats in the country’s ‘new growth regions.’

Can we trust a Democratic analyst? Probably not. Even so, he brings up some good points. Why are we losing the white college grads? Is the pervasive liberal machine in our higher-education system operating at such a high level of efficiency that we have no chance there? If so, then conservatives need to infiltrate the Universities, especially the Liberal Arts, Science and Psychology departments, learn their secrets of persuasion and begin doing the whole turnabout-is-fair-play thing. Of course, the fruits from those labors wouldn’t be ripe for at least a generation. For the time being, we need to appeal to their pocketbooks and their higher intellect. Conservatism just hasn’t sounded smart for about, oh, I don’t know, eight years now. Let’s ban the use of the word “nucular.” Let’s put that right in the platform.

Why are we losing Hispanics, who are one of the most socially conservative demographics out there? It’s our stand on immigration, combined with the Economy, stupid. We desperately need to concede the immigration-reform debate and lose the battle for the sake of the war.

As for the younger generation, I don’t have any answers. I did my part. My daughter is a College Republican. She voted a straight GOP ticket in her first time at the polls last month. The only other thin I can think of is maybe we put up a candidate next time who isn’t a septuagenarian and who knows how to use a computer? You know, someone with whom they can relate?

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