Kristol Insults Young, Pro-Equality Voters

Bill Kristol, who really should give a portion of his income to Dick Morris for keeping him from being the least accurate pundit in the country, did a Daily Caller podcast and dismissed young voters who favor marriage equality as people who don’t know anything and shouldn’t influence the Republican party:

I mean, there’s something pathetic about it. I’ve found it really distasteful. I mean I myself am socially conservative on the marriage issue but even if you’re not, just say what you believe and let the country decide…. This kind of pathetic attempt of ‘Oh my god, young people especially are liberal so let’s just rush to cater to them.’ As if they’re going to respect you if you just embrace the views of some 26-year-old who doesn’t know anything honestly. Can’t adults say young people are sometimes wrong? [...]

Gee, this TV show is popular so let’s just throw over thousands of years of history and what the great religions teach and let’s just embrace it because, hey, you don’t want to be on the other side from a TV show that has 20 million viewers. I mean, really, that’s what a serious political party does?

Of course not. A “serious political party” sticks to its bigoted guns and keeps beating the drum for discrimination and inequality until they look like a bunch of bitter old assholes. That’s what I recommend.

41 comments on this post.
  1. weaver:

    If only these young Republicans realized that they were in the Party of Old White Men, and acted like it, there wouldn’t be these problems.

  2. Lyle:

    As a young, pro-equality voter: fuck this guy.

  3. raven:

    The GOP did well among old, white men.

    Old, white men are well on the way to being dead white men.

    Nothing personal about it. It’s just biology. Old people inevitably die.

  4. matty1:

    Since when is 26 not adult?

  5. matty1:

    T answer myself since Mr Kristol’s 27th birthday

  6. oranje:

    Which religions are great?

  7. Randomfactor:

    Party of White Nearly Extinct Diehards. If they’re looking for an acronym to replace “GOP,” they might try that one.

  8. d.c.wilson:

    The GOP has ceased to be a serious political party with any philosophy for governing. It’s now just a marketing firm for the conservative entertainment industry.

  9. Ben P:

    Shorter Bill Kristol: “get off my lawn you damn kids.”

  10. Gregory in Seattle:

    And the Republican Party wonders why they are becoming less and less relevant.

  11. fifthdentist:

    I just thought of a great way to revive Jeff Foxworthy’s career.
    He can do a new bit called: “You might be the stupid party, if”.
    “If your party just got a thumpin’ in the last national election because of your hatred of women, gay people and the blacks, and your solution is to double down on hatred of women, gay people and blacks … you just might be the stupid party.”

    I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

  12. parkjames:

    His party is far beyond the point of looking lime bitter assholes, yet the drum is still being beat.

  13. parkjames:

    *like bitter assholes, fucking auto correct.

  14. Chiroptera:

    I mean I myself am socially conservative on the marriage issue but even if you’re not, just say what you believe and let the country decide….

    Huh. We did exactly that. We let the country decide, and the country decided to not allow same sex marriage and in some states even made it explicitly illegal.

    Now the country is changing its mind, and it is now, slowly but surely, deciding that equality for gays is important, and the country may even be on the verge of deciding that it’s a Constitutional right.

    Sucks to be on the losing side, doesn’t it?

  15. holytape:

    That’s the problem with this whole republic thing, those damn voters want to vote the way they want to vote, instead of the way we tell them to vote.

  16. holytape:

    “just say what you believe and let the country decide” they did. You lost. Now, go away.

  17. anubisprime:

    “Winning the vote of a significant voter base”..

    ‘yor’ doin’ it rong’ sherlock!’

  18. kylawyer:

    To right wing assholes like Kristol, the majority only gets its way when they agree with his narrow minded and bigoted point of view.

  19. lorn:

    What is it about the conservatives that makes them react as they do? Faced with the possibility that they are wrong they dig in their heels, staunchly resist any consideration of change, double-down on their wrongness, and declare that the wrongness is a central part of their catechism. Clear of all possible internal contradiction they turn in a coordinated motion toward the outside, declare themselves all true believers, and quite proud to wear the badge of their collective wrongness.

  20. Synfandel:

    fifthdentist, unfortunately, Jeff Foxworthy is an active Republican. Makes me wonder whether he’s smarter than a fifth grader.

  21. timgueguen:

    Kristol: Don’t trust anyone under 30.

    Kristol is old enough to remember when “Don’t trust anyone over 30″ was a popular phrase. I wonder if he ever used it himself in reference to moldy figs who were harming conservatism by being too conservative.

  22. d.c.wilson:

    timgueguen:

    I think Kristol was mentally over 30 even when he was chronologically under 30.

  23. Jacob Schmidt:

    Since when is 26 not adult?

    Since 26 year olds started being somewhat progressive, as a whole. Gotta dismiss them somehow.

  24. Ichthyic:

    I agree that young people should not influence the Republican party.

    They should just vote democratic.

  25. martinc:

    parkjames @ 12 and 13: I love that your autocorrect apparently thinks “lime bitter assholes” is some kind of trendy new entree.

  26. Ichthyic:

    this TV show is popular so let’s just throw over thousands of years of history and what the great religions teach and let’s just embrace it

    you mean like this TV show Bill?

    ’cause they certainly threw over thousands of years of history for that dreck.

  27. dickspringer:

    I am an old white guy (83) who is old enough to remember when Bill Kristol’s father, Irving Kristol, was a follower of Leon Trotzky, Stalin’s Communist opponent from the left. It seems to be very easy to go from extreme left to extreme right.

  28. Ichthyic:

    authoritarians will be authoritarians.

  29. dingojack:

    fifthdentist – forget the veal, talk up the lime bitter assholes, they’re not selling, for some reason.
    :) Dingo

  30. mikeyb:

    Bill Kristol and his buddy David Brooks. Extreme reactionaries who like to pretend that they are the adults and we are the reactionaries.

  31. Jake Hamby:

    @dickspringer

    David Horowitz is another neocon who famously swung from extreme left to extreme right. It seems to be that authoritarian impulse in some people that causes them to crave a strong ideology to provide some sort of external meaning to their lives and assuage their many fears about the world and of other people.

    In contrast, Noam Chomsky was politically active from a young age, started out as a left-wing anarcho-syndicalist, and remains so today. Even his critics must admit that he’s had the courage of the same convictions for his entire life.

  32. greg1466:

    ‘Oh my god, young people especially are liberal so let’s just rush to cater to them.’ As if they’re going to respect you if you just embrace the views of some 26-year-old who doesn’t know anything honestly.

    That’s right. We’ve been catering to the religious right for decades and look how much they respect us.

  33. democommie:

    When people like Kristol, Horowitz and their like found out that they couldn’t run the world as commies, so they decided that they’d try doing it as fascists.

  34. Raging Bee:

    Why pander to those silly young people when we have gerrymandering, voter purges, hackable voting machines made by businessmen who support us, and relentless button-pushing divide-and-destroy tactics to keep everyone constantly in fear of everyone else?

    Oh, and we can legalize weed so more of those silly young people will be too stoned to follow the news.

  35. fifthdentist:

    Oh, Bee, they would probably just get stoned and watch Jon Stewart and Colbert, the best news team on the teevee, harming the conservative cause even more. If the stoners can manage to find their polling station on election day, that is. The weed is much stronger these days that it was 20 years ago.

  36. erichoug:

    What I find most interesting about the whole marriage equality debate is the way it makes the respective sides look.

    If you are on the pro side, you basically come across as wanting to provide other citizens with equal protection under the law, respecting their rights as well as their privacy.

    If you are on the anti side, you come across as either incredibly naive at best and most of the anti side come across as absolutely obsessed with gay sex.

    Just look at that lackwit neurosurgeon fumbling though his homosexual/bestiality comment and then his no-pology. It is painfully obvious that he would much rather be talking about anything else on National television than sex.

  37. abb3w:

    It sounds like they’re trying to only pay attention to their conception of “people who count”, rather than to “people whose votes get counted”. With occasional attempts to reduce the latter to something more like the former.

  38. digitalcanary:

    @dingo jack #29
    “fifthdentist – forget the veal, talk up the lime bitter assholes, they’re not selling, for some reason.”

    I think the verb you’re looking for is “plug” :-)

  39. democommie:

    Bill KKKristol insults ANYONE with average intelligence, sez I.

  40. BrianX:

    There’s no shortage of wingnuts who want the voting age bumped back up to 21 or higher. I wonder if this isn’t a coded shout-out to them.

  41. Pieter B, FCD:

    @lyle:

    As a young, pro-equality voter: fuck this guy.

    Speaking as an Old White Male pro-equality voter, FUCK THIS GUY.

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