Sometimes I wonder about the serious, principled conservatives at Outside The Beltway (here attacking the joke that if Sarah Palin should run for president, then so should Jon Hamm):
Palin’s show is a bizarre infomercial being packaged as a “reality show” on TLC. “Mad Men” is one of the most critically acclaimed shows of its era.
Elites consider the former to be a curiosity, watched either by brain dead rednecks or people like themselves waiting for a train wreck. They view “Mad Men” as must see TV that everyone they know is watching and talking about. That they have essentially the same audience is a testament to the reality of the elite world-view.[….]
Literally every show on CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX has more viewers than “Mad Men.”
Uh, isn’t that exactly why the comparison is accurate, that Jon Hamm and Sarah Palin are both stars of shows with cult followings that are not on network tv? Does Joyner not get that the comparison between Palin and Hamm was not meant to be flattering to Palin? And what’s the point of an Joyner’s extended analysis of tv ratings unless it’s to convince us that Charlie Sheen and the Doogie Howser guy would make stronger candidates than Palin or Hamm?
I used to believe there were lots of reasonable conservatives on the internets and that I would enjoy reading their points of view. I’m afraid there aren’t (other than Daniel Larison). Even when they write in complete sentences, they sputter incoherently about elites every time someone mentions Sarah Palin, even when they claim not to like Palin.
Update. I’m probably being more of an asshole here than necessary and in fact, I find OTB interesting and will continue to read it. But I just can’t take the conservative reflex to turn everything into a “cultural issue”. Palin is, at this point, primarily a celebrity. And so is Jon Hamm. Why turn this into Chapter One Million of elites versus Real Murkins?
Update update. Per the comments, James Joyner says that he considers himself an elite too (the last sentence of his post does go in that direction) so this is not elite-bashing. So I misread it. Not to get all McMegan “sure I am wrong but I am still right” about this, but I’ve been reading a lot of “culture war” stuff the last week, so I think my misreading is understandable. But I’m wrong to accuse James Joyner of elite-bashing, since that was not his intent. So sorry about that.