Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller and more recently of The Week keeps his readers guessing “WTF?” and that’s why we like him. One day he’s dissecting the history of angels and comparing them to journalists. The next he’s praising the Redskins’ RG3. The next he’s suggest Republicans adopt “fresh” ideas like returning back to ideology espoused by former President George W. Bush.
Today Lewis does a few things under a column headlined “The working class epidemic of demoralization.” First, Lewis bemoans the “disconnect” between coastal elites and everyone else in “flyover” country.
That’s a real problem worthy of looking into. While reading, we looked forward to what thoughts or insight Lewis might have to share on the matter. But before we knew it, Lewis had shifted into commentary about the destructive behavior poor people engage in while imitating the rich.
An excerpt, which uses MTV programming as a guide…
“Aside from the money in their bank accounts, the spoiled kids featured on My Super Sweet Sixteen aren’t terribly different from those featured in the trailer for MTV’s upcoming reality series Buckwild. The difference, of course, is that the West Virginia kids being glamorized in Buckwild will grow old before their time — if they live long enough to grow old, that is. Most will likely spend the rest of their lives paying for the sins of their youth. The rich kids, on the other hand — well, they will likely land on their feet. “
It doesn’t get any clearer from there. Next Lewis is recalling Rick Santorum‘s social-conservative platform in the Republican presidential primaries. Next, the outsourcing of American jobs. Next, the reluctance of many Americans in the rust belt to vote in the last election.
Lewis concludes: “There is an opening for a political party to address these populist concerns. Will anyone answer the call?”
This left us feeling similar to when someone asks “Paper or plastic?” and the answer is: “Yes.”