This is a really fantastic article by Christopher Beam at Slate. A sort of nonpartisan take on right wing rising start nutjob Andrew Breitbart. If you like good journalism, read the whole thing.
I might regret having said this later when this guy ends up killing an abortion doctor or something, but right now, I find him fairly harmless and quite interesting. Some of the points he makes about the media are true. And you can’t argue that he isn’t seizing a great opportunity. He seems so much smarter than Glenn Beck and a lot less hateful. I mean, he’s hateful, but usually it’s funny, and his contempt seems to be on professional level against other media figures. With Beck, he’s literally spewing hatred about Obama, ethnic groups, progressives, women, etc etc.
This seems to be a trend that’s gaining some momentum: be a conservative pundit, and a wacky one at that, and you’ll gain fame and fortune a lot quicker. You can’t tell me what’s-her-face Ms. California is ACTUALLY conservative, or Ann Coulter for that matter. There are enough skinny blond women that are bleeding heart liberals (e.g. all of Hollywood), but being a skinny blond young CONSERVATIVE woman is a novelty and bound to get you a book deal. It’s also insincere as all fuck. Elisabeth Hasselback is another good example. She grew up in Rhode Island for fuck’s sakes. She was probably smoking doobies at Brown and fucking her communist poetry professor.
From what I know about Arianna Huffington, it seems to be a rare but opposite case of becoming a liberal when the getting was good and making millions. Still, she seems to be the exception. There’s money is to be made in being an insincere conservative. Just ask Sarah Palin.