LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2013 — On tax day, 2013, the Boston Bombings washed everything out of the news cycle, inlcuding political event that in time could turn out to be very significant.
The Republican National Committee entered the belly of the beast, holding their meetings in Los Angeles. A select RNC committee created a 219 point blueprint for the road back to victory in the wake of the 2012 presidential election.
One of the major planks in the blueprint was a call to improve the performance of Republicans in the Hispanic and other minority communities. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the population and a key voting bloc in several large states including California.
One of the least important items in the RNC blueprint was the idea of appealing to more Hollywood celebrities. The specific area of Los Angeles where the meetings were held was the Hollywood Loews Hotel, in the heart of the entertainment industry.
Despite coalition building efforts with minority communities being far more important, Hollywood stayed true to itself by insisting that the success of the RNC meetings depended on Hollywood star power. No Hollywood stars attended these serious meetings, so the expected liberal media attacks began.
It is occasionally necessary to provide a reality check to the left coast and its idolaters.
Hollywood celebrities do not matter politically. They do not influence votes. Some of them are good people, but far too many of them really do fit the conservative caricatures of them as elitist snobs with zero connection to the real world. Living in a bubble is bad, but what makes Hollywood worse is its outright contempt for those not living in the bubble.
Hollywood detests Middle America, and loathes politicians championing traditional values.
Liberal media outlets claimed that there were no stars at the RNC meetings, dismissing a luncheon led by Vice President Dick Cheney. In the real world, Cheney is as big a star as it gets. Ask liberals who worship Barack Obama and Bill Clinton (and even like Joe Biden) why the same standard should not be applied to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in a room filled with Republicans.
Bush and Cheney saved the world.
Hollywood celebrities pretend to be men like Cheney, Bush, Clinton and Obama for a living. To judge the celebrities as the real stars is like confusing a puppet for a man, a kid playing Guitar Hero for Eric Clapton or B.B. King. Judging by the room, nobody reading a script for a living would have commanded as much star power as Cheney did.
People who cast votes based on anything Katy Perry or any Kardashian ever has to say are poster kids for the dumbing down of America. Thankfully there is not a single poll in a poll-obsessed nation reflecting this as a significant problem. The GOP is absolutely right not to obsess over catering to he lowest common denominator. While Hollywood celebrities are busy ridding the world of moral standards and decency, Cheney was busy helping to rid the world of Saddam Hussein. Conservatives remove despots. Hollywood liberals party with them.
All liberals could do was attack Republicans for visiting the “Rupert Murdoch controlled Fox Studios,” since anything short of GOP leaders bowing down at an MSNBC satellite office would be insufficient. Republicans may finally be learning to stop trying to earn the kindness of media outfits who, quite simply, hate their guts. The GOP needs to keep talking over liberal agitators and get their message to the people.
If Democrats want to be the party of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sean Penn, Jane Fonda and their like, that is their right. God gave them brains; he also gave them the unalienable right to treat them only as filler for their skulls. Or as Dorothy Parker said when asked to use the word “horticulture” in a sentence, “you can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” Hollywood-infatuated Democrats are stereotypical liberals worthy of the donkey label.
Republicans remain the party of every-day, mortgage-paying, Walmart-shopping Americans. While unique circumstances cost the GOP the White House, the Republican Party holds thirty governerships to only twenty for the Democrats.
The GOP is not perfect, but RNC Chairman Reince Priebus brought his top lieutenants around the nation to Los Angeles for serious business meetings that included important discussions about real issues. There was soul searching, and not one minute of it was spent on Tinseltown twits.
Hollywood elitists and power brokers are liberal, but they do not necessarily represent the rank and file. Hollywood conservatives coming out of the closet are often blackballed. So until an actor becomes untouchable (the late Charlton Heston, Clint Eastwood), they will not attend RNC events out of genuine fear of being ruined financially and reputation-wise. Hollywood liberals are not a popular majority; they are a bullying minority, and nobody decent wants to be associated with bullies.
Hollywood and media liberals know the game is rigged, celebrate the game being rigged, and then attack the victims for not succeeding in a rigged game they have little interest in playing. Hollywood’s ideological bigotry is the new acceptable bigotry, and Republicans are its targets.
If one judges the GOP by its commitment to improving its standing among every constituency, then the 2014 and 2016 elections will be the verdicts. Anyone honestly observing the seriousness of purpose of the 2013 RNC Spring meeting would see the gathering as successful. Since the key word is “honestly,” one can understand why the meeting would have been unpopular with Hollywood celebrities and a liberal media that aspires to celebrity and basks in its glow.
After two days of media Republican-bashing, the real world intervened. Islamists murdered and maimed scores of people in Boston. Hollywood had no answers and nothing intelligent to say, only vapid sops to diversity and multiculturalism. While conservatives were discussing adult issues, liberals were hoping that the bombers were white Christians, worried much less about the victims than about the ideological fallout if the bombers turned out to be, say, Buddhist nuns.
The right took a serious, introspective look inward at the Los Angeles meetings. The left may wish to do the same, since certitude in the face of repeatedly being wrong is nothing more than misplaced and unjustified arrogance.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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