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January 05, 2009

Breitbart's "Big Hollywood" Launches Tomorrow

His Washington Times column previews it. It's a fusion of politics and Hollywood/cultural matters, featuring posters in both. Including Congressmen and some famous names. Though, um, many of those famous names will post under a pseudonym.

Hidden amid the "dissent is patriotic" glitterati are thousands of deeply concerned artists and industry players who have mostly privately and sadly watched Hollywood reflect ideals that are not their own.

Non-left-leaning writers, producers, directors and "below the line" members of the creative community will slowly begin to tell "flyover country" that their values are shared - even in glitzy Los Angeles. In fact, to foreshadow its big message, Big Hollywood will be an invitation to aspiring conservatives to drop their political dreams for the grueling Hollywood grind.

Returning veterans of the current war, please move to the head of the line.

Big Hollywood also will offer politicians, think tank brains, pundits and sundry wonks the opportunity to show another face to the conservative movement and the Republican Party. No longer will "South Park" and Dennis Miller carry the load alone in pointing out the absurdities of the modern left.

On Day One, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter invokes the Beatles' "Dear Prudence," inviting Hollywood's "closeted" conservatives to "come out and play." Actor and raconteur Orson Bean remembers that the hopeful movies of his childhood during the Great Depression gave him and many other Americans the will and drive to succeed.

We need to discover that spirit again.

If conservatives don't figure out popular culture soon, the movement will die a deserving death. If Hollywood liberals can't learn how to play well with those with whom they disagree, Big Hollywood will have a field day at their close-minded and intolerant expense. The days of open bullying in the marketplace of ideas are nearing their end.

Consider this a warning.

Dirty Harry of Dirty Harry's place will be the top editor. Over on his site, he has a clip of Breitbart talking the venture up.

Breitbart's been a Drudge hand and set up the Huffington Post, so he knows about big-traffic sites.

I've long felt his basic point -- that liberals forever win the image/hipness battle -- is a major reason why liberalism is the default political leaning of the young. Yes, there are committed young conservatives, but the key word there is "committed." Those who don't bother to think about it go with the easy, default choice, which is liberalism.

And as most people don't think about politics all that much, that's a big slice of the pie we give away year after year.

It's probably not possible to reverse that situation. But at least putting a dent into it is crucial. We can't have millions of politically-apathetic Americans voting Democrat/liberal each cycle just because they're perceived as the "nice" party, the "hip" party, the party you vote for to show you Care and are Enlightened.

Evil needs its say, too.

Have I told you about all the advantages of Evil?

It has to be noted that the when Republicans win -- Bush, Reagan -- the party has a bit of mojo and feels a lot more like the hip, cool party to be in. Some may say that's a chicken-and-egg thing; but I think it's more culture driving politics than the other way around. People like defining themselves as good, and smart, and socially aware, and all those virtues; those who don't think about matters much will naturally gravitate to the party that gives them more of a sense of being part of the Right Crowd.

It's a stupid, ineffably superficial impulse, but peope are stupid and ineffably superficial.

Speaking of stupid and ineffably superficial -- I guess I should note that I'll be posting there occasionally too. I have to figure out what the hell to write.

Don't worry; the time won't come at the expense of this blog. I'm finally getting over a two month depression over the election and coming to terms with being in the minority.

posted by Ace at 11:55 AM

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