NYT: “Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think”

… and even “Comedians are beginning to catch on”

Yesterday, we posted results of a study that calibrated the lean-to-left at U.S. colleges.

The summary conclusion: 90% of faculty that self-declare a political affiliation are Democrat and almost 40% of liberal arts colleges are, for all practical purposes, Republican-free.

See Shocker: Vast majority of faculty at elite colleges are Democrats…

And, it’s commonly accepted that (I think) that Trump hating dominates the media and entertainment.

Nonetheless, Trump’s base of supporters remains loyal … and recently, the Democrats lead on the so-called “generic ballot” has shrunk by almost two-third to low single digits on average … and equal within the margin of error on some surveys.


How can that be?


A couple of recent articles provide a plausible explanation …

In “The comedians are beginning to catch on”, Jimmy Kimmel puts it succinctly: “I think people have had an ass-full of Donald Trump.”

The implication: comedians strong liberal slant may end up helping conservatives:

As Hollywood and the media have come to be dominated in extraordinary fashion by the Left, the counterculture has risen: cynical about the entertainment industry, annoyed by their constant pandering, irritated by their snide self-assurance. 

Conservatives don’t respond to Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert by creating a conservative version of Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

They respond by electing Donald Trump, a Republican Congress, a Republican Senate, Republican governors, and Republican statehouses.


Building on that theme was a NYT op-ed by Gerard Alexander –  a professor of political science at the University of Virginia.

In the provocatively titled “Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think”, Prof. Alexander opined:

Liberals are trapped in a self-reinforcing cycle.

When liberals use their positions in American culture to lecture, judge and disdain, they push more people into an opposing coalition that liberals are increasingly prone to think of as deplorable.

Liberals dominate the entertainment industry, many of the most influential news sources and America’s universities. This means that people with progressive leanings are everywhere in the public eye — and are also on the college campuses attended by many people’s children or grandkids.

These platforms come with a lot of power to express values, confer credibility and celebrity and start national conversations that others really can’t ignore.

But this makes liberals feel more powerful than they are. Or, more accurately, this kind of power is double-edged.

Liberals often don’t realize how provocative or inflammatory they can be.

In fact, liberals may be more effective at causing resentment than in getting people to come their way.


Bottom line: It may easier to condemn than to convince …  but that doesn’t win folks over to your point of view.

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One Response to “NYT: “Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think””

  1. LosLobos Says:

    td;dr – Complaining about your abusive husband is the reason why he “schlongs” you

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