I spend a lot of time trying to understand what goes on in the minds of people I don’t agree with. I mostly understand the serious center/left-center — they’re about punching hippies while still mostly voting for Democrats. I understand libertarians, though I’m not sure I can put it into words.
I still can’t wrap my head around conservatives who are obsessed with culture, hating “Avatar” for promoting a librul agenda, hating Avril Lavigne and Pink for being “romantic lone wolves”, and so on. Here’s a good example:
If you only read one op-ed today, or this year for that matter, it should be this: usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
— Charles Lane (@ChuckLane1) May 6, 2013
This links to a fairly innocuous opinion piece criticizing “hook-up culture”, written by a 20 year-old woman who’s a sophomore in college. That’s the most important op-ed of the year? And the tweet was then favorited and/or retweeted by 13 middle-aged conservative men (along with one middle-aged conservative woman).
Atrios has written several times that many conservatives oppose access to contraception for young people because they find the whole topic icky. That’s true only in the sense of it being so icky they can’t stop thinking about it. It’s so awful what these kids are doing with each other, so awful…let’s talk more about it!