Think-tanker and other Oxymorons
I actually had prepped a link to this Politco item Mark Levin noted just now on Facebook. I pulled it down because of how dumb Ben Domenech sounded and wasn’t really of a mind to stir any thing up in that regard. Then, there it is, suddenly in my Twitter timeline.
Moderates run the GOP, moderates run the House and Senate, moderates are nominated to run for president, but the problem, you see, is not only conservatism, but talk radio, Matt Drudge, and Fox News in particular.
I think this below pretty much explains it, leaving aside some previous significant issues regarding Ben. So much for helping the cause back then, guy.
What the GOP needs fewer of is 30-year-old think tankers musing away inside a DC-based echo chamber even smaller than any national conservative one, attempting to convince someone that they actually know something. This is especially ironic coming from a co-founder of RedState. What exactly is he suggesting? That it now be shut down? Or is that okay, because he is, or was involved, somehow?
“The right is suffering from an era of on-demand reality,” is how 30-year-old old think tanker and writer Ben Domenech put it.
Conversely, for nearly six years, since President Bush’s second term went south, Republicans have been effectively without a leader. And into that vacuum has stepped a series of conservative figures whose incentives in most cases are not to win votes but to make money and score ratings by being provocative and even outlandish.
“Their bottom line is their main goal, but that doesn’t mean they’re serving the population that buys their books,” said Domenech.
Let me see, Mark Levin vs. Ben Domenech … thinker, not-thinker? Limbaugh vs. a 30 year-old Domenech any one?
Just how easy do these people think it is to do and have done what the right’s more successful talk radio hosts have done over so many years? Good grief, our so called intelligentsia really can be so embarrassing.
I’m guessing I could rest my case right there. But to be fair, Ben may have had no idea how badly Politico would use him. Still, that in and of itself suggests he’s no where near enough of a ‘thinker,’ or seasoned enough to be opening up his mouth to them.
The tension between the profit- and ratings-driven right — call them entertainment-based conservatives — and conservatives focused on ideas (the thinkers) and winning (the operatives) has never been more evident.
Stop the presses for this gem. Benghazi has the potential to be a tremendous scandal with national security implications. Alas, a think-tanker thinks we really shouldn’t be talking about it? What the hell kind of thinking is that?
Or, as Domenech put it: “Conservatives may be content to stay in a bubble and yell about Benghazi, but it doesn’t help the cause in the long term.”
As far as I’m concerned, the best thing the conservative movement could do would be to throw out our Beltway-based pundit class aka welfare queens. There’s nothing stopping them from formulating messaging, or media offerings for media of all sorts and going out into the marketplace of media and ideas to score large audiences, big bucks – all the while recruiting new people to the cause – just as Limbaugh and Levin and so many others have done over the years. In fact, a number of these now Beltway types have tried and failed at that.
Unfortunately, presumably not up to the task, they finagle their way into what amounts to little more than a stipend of sorts and proceed to write, if not eventually cry – within the relatively smaller echo chamber of DC-Beltway media – that they suddenly know something, if not everything.
Oh well, that’s what it looks like when a twig drops in the forest and there’s no one around to hear it fwiw.
The battle for the direction of this country will not be won or lost with, or within our Beltway media. And unless one has the stones to step out and try to make a go of it in the real world, where it will be won, or lost, the least some might manage to do is shut up about it. But then there is that stipend to justify, somehow, I suppose.
Talk about an echo chamber. Good grief.