I now understand why Conservatism, Inc. failed.
It failed because it selected far too many people like “political strategist” Tim Miller here.
Conservatism, Inc. is drawn from people who are disproportionately White college-educated, upper middle class urbanites and suburbanites from Blue States who are professionals with modernist and cosmopolitan values. These people are also too vetted and groomed to represent the True Cons wing of the conservative movement and its rigid and unpopular libertarian based ideology.
Virtually every single person of any intelligence or ability on the Right over the past twenty years simply either didn’t fit into the antiquated world of Conservatism, Inc., kept their opinions to themselves, never bothered with them in the first place or were purged from professional conservatism. Who has had more influence on the Millennial Right? Is it all the boring and faceless hacks who write for Conservatism, Inc. or my friend Gregory Hood who coined the term? In whose direction are politics trending?
Bill Kristol and Charlie Sykes frequently appear on MSNBC, but they have no influence. George Will writes columns no one reads for The Washington Post, but has no influence. David French writes for Time, but has become a laughingstock and the butt of countless jokes. There are countless people like Jonah Goldberg who had prestige positions in Conservatism, Inc, but no following or influence. Charlie Cuck has a massive platform and the full backing of the Republican donor class, but his influence is marginal. Ben Shapiro is the face of official mainstream conservatism on social media and one of the most shared conservatives on Facebook, but public opinion is stampeding away from Ben Shapiro in our direction.
We crushed the last decade so hard that the word went around and that something had to be done about it. We were banned from most social media sites. Libs were for free speech until it dawned on them that they were losing so badly in the social media space. They were getting blown out on YouTube.
The GOP establishment or Never Trump wing of the party is now the disaffected rump of the old Republican Party. The “Dissident Right” is fully within the mainstream current of thought and the “Alt-Right” is the leftwing of the Republican Party or adjacent to it among Independent voters.
Note: The median “conservative” or Republican voter is far less cosmopolitan and antiracist than people like Tim Miller. If memory serves, Tim Miller lives with his husband somewhere in California.