Liberals Are No Longer the Cool Kids

by Crocker on June 19, 2012, 8:33 am

in Culture,History,Politics

In my “other job” at MHPC, we’ve had more than a few discussions on the “coolness shift”. Being a lefty-liberal is just plain dull these days. They’re perpetually angry at a world they think hasn’t recognized their god-like charms and abilities. All they want to do is control other people and stifle any sense of fun or the ridiculous. And the one thing you must never do is question their divinity or their right to rule.

Now Roger Simon has put the “coolness issue” front and center.

Cool is dead and now liberalism is the squarest of the square.

I mean – do you think Deborah Wasserman-Schultz is hip? This is one of the meanest things I’ve ever put in print or online, but that’s the girl who was standing in the corner at the sixth grade cotillion and you said, “Oh, no. Do I have to dance with her?”

And how about the great Obama himself – he and his “choom” friends twenty years too late to the party, replaying Bob Dylan and company in Hawaii long after the Band burned old Dixie down. It’s all a bad chapter from David Brooks’ already-predictable-when-published Bobos in Paradise. The minute rebellion goes middle class, there’s nothing less rebellious. It’s all as boring as a Volvo.

So we are in an era of desperation. A certain class of people who staked their lives on being cool ever since high school — whenever that was, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, who knows — are beginning to be confronted with the truth – that their ultra-conventional received wisdom, that which they thought was cool, is a bunch of hooey. (I was one of them, so I know.)

Of course, most can’t countenance this. They continue to believe that government spending is cool, that it is a good thing (how square is that?), but out of the corner of their ears they are beginning to hear a different song:

Libertarians are the cool guys.


What does that mean?

Oh, yes, that’s a word for conservatives who wanted to get girls at parties.

In Simon’s estimation, even Evangelicals are now cooler than liberals. And he’s probably right.

After all, it’s tough being a square when you think you have divine rights.

And Debbie Wasserman-Schultz? Ugh.

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