‘Are you HIGH??’ JuiceVoxer’s thread on ‘rural and suburban whites’ must be SEEN to be believed

You know conservatives really need right now? A long, incoherent thread on why they’re just not worth it. How fortunate, then, that David Roberts, aka @drvox, has put together exactly that:

1. Yessssss finally @paulwaldman1 has said the thing that needs saying. You can thank him for this tweet thread being about 75% shorter than it woulda been. Read this: https://t.co/LSvG9Pk6bG

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

2. So much talk about Democrats’ “message” to rural & suburban whites, and the way they treat rural & suburban whites — 99% of which proceeds in total, willful ignorance of the current media environment.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

3. To put it bluntly: Democrats have virtually no control whatsoever over what rural & suburban whites (R&SW) hear. None. It doesn’t *matter* what they say, what attitude they take, the tone they use, the message they craft. They have no way of reaching those R&SW directly.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

4. Everything R&SW know or hear about Democrats or liberals, they get through a media filter. That mostly means Fox News (et al). And Fox is in the business of crafting a ludicrous, bug-eyed, cartoon-evil caricature of liberals. THAT is what R&SW hear from/about Dems.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

5. And it’s not just right-wing media. “Mainstream” media like CNN etc. have adopted pretty much the same caricature. They know that “arrogant liberal mocks salt-of-the-earth diner guy” stories are catchy. They sell. They pop. Everybody knows the caricature already.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

6. There’s a reason Obama spent 8 years reaching out to the other side, begging for cooperation, being scrupulously respectful toward Republican voters … and one, single, off-the-record, wildly-distorted comment is all most R&SW people know about him.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

(Don’t worry … we’ll get back to that tweet in a moment.)

7. That didn’t just happen. It’s the result of RWM & MSM alike peddling the same hackneyed morality tale that country mice have been telling about city mice since there were cities. That impression of Obama, so at odds with the reality, was deliberately & vigorously cultivated.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

8. Trump & his kids have a long history of expressing contempt toward workers generally & coal miners specifically. GOP has let coal miners get sick & die & done nothing but use them as props. H. Clinton cared about them & crafted a $30 billion aid package to help them. But…

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

9. … S&RW don’t know that. All they know about Clinton is that one stray, poorly worded comment she made about coal miners. Their distorted view didn’t just happen. RWM & MSM alike seized on the remark, willfully misinterpreted it, played it on repeat. It fit their narrative.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

10. My point: if the media wants to reinforce a narrative of snooty coastal libs looking down their noses at heartland rubes — and it *very, very much wants to* — there’s no stopping it. There’s no way for every single lib to speak so carefully that nothing can be distorted.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

11. And, conversely, it hardly matters at all what Dems decide they want to communicate to S&RW. They can craft empathetic messages until they’re blue in the face — THEY DON’T CONTROL WHAT THOSE PEOPLE HEAR. (Sorry for yelling.)

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

12. So, on one hand, you can relax about your jokes & tweets & aesthetic judgments. They are not “why Trump won.” His voters don’t see jokey liberal tweets or read leftie media. They don’t ever see you or your kind directly.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

13. They only know you as the caricature Fox presents. And Fox is heavily invested in that caricature, financially & ideologically, so it’s not like any amount of respectful respecting on your part is going to persuade it to *change* that caricature.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

14. But don’t let gaslighting conservatives and onanistic “centrists” fool you into thinking the caricature is the reality — fool you into another oh-so-liberal spasm of self-loathing. It’s not what liberals do or say, but what Fox SAYS they do or say, that pisses off S&RW.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

15. Actual liberals exist on cable news almost entirely as phantasms, discussed in absentia by panels consisting of nonpartisan mainstream journos and right-wingers (“balance” in cable news). They — esp the non-white, non-male kind — are rarely allowed to speak for themselves.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

16. Anyway. The whole “liberals are smug” thing is dumb, dumb, dumb. It’s been around for centuries & it’s always been dumb. It’s a narrative that requires no actual liberal smugness to perpetuate itself. Some libs are smug; some cons are smug; people are annoying; whatever.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

17. As always, the best way to stay sane & succeed in politics is to ignore this media circle jerk (as Obama famously did & Trump famously doesn’t) & focus on power & policy. Only power & policy matter. Your taste in f’ing salad greens really doesn’t.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

Wow. That was … something.

You realize your spent your entire thread pushing a caricature of Conservatives, right? Also of rural and suburban folks … your own hypocrisy makes this thread golden, and not in the way you’d like. https://t.co/xyq0tiSiHV

— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) May 16, 2018

True story.

Now, obviously, there’s a lot of stupidity to dissect in that 17-tweet-thread, but we have day jobs and don’t have nearly enough time to dedicate to that task. So let’s just focus on this gem:

If you ever needed proof that liberals live in a universe completely detached from reality, read the tweet below. https://t.co/WJJWaTlHl7

— RBe (@RBPundit) May 16, 2018

6. There’s a reason Obama spent 8 years reaching out to the other side, begging for cooperation, being scrupulously respectful toward Republican voters … and one, single, off-the-record, wildly-distorted comment is all most R&SW people know about him.

— David Roberts (@drvox) May 15, 2018

We’ll have what he’s having.

Say what now https://t.co/6f7WB33i11

— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) May 16, 2018

What, are you high??

— OregonMuse (@OregonMuse) May 16, 2018

This is just nonsense. https://t.co/q2EmHth6JZ

— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) May 16, 2018

haha https://t.co/EpbbpZPFHW

— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) May 16, 2018

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH https://t.co/5OCkvSfaLv

— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) May 16, 2018

You’ve really gotta laugh. It’s just so damn stupid.

“No seriously, Obama saying he had a phone and a pen, and that Republicans will have to sit in the back and just come along for the ride… was his ingenious way to reach out and compromise with the other side” – A Very Voxplained rewrite of history https://t.co/5OCkvSfaLv

— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) May 16, 2018

Baloney. He and his surrogates blamed any difference of opinion on his policies on racism. That shuts down any discussion. Eight years of that kind of sowing that kind of discord is how we ended up with the divisive nature we have now.

— Lori Knight (@Yodaville60Lori) May 16, 2018

You didn’t build that…

— Congressional Medal of Respondix (@respondix) May 16, 2018

Which one, “bitter clingers” or “I won?” https://t.co/ZT2AVZTWXy

— Travesham (@Travesham) May 16, 2018

“Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.”
“they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them”

— MB (@ElBuehn) May 16, 2018

“I won”. What color is the sky in your world?

— High Capacity Mark 🥓🥓 (@mcasil2016) May 16, 2018

The guy that told christians to get off their high horse at a prayer breakfast?? The one who said they cling bitterly to their gods and guns??
To name a few…

How’s the weather there on Earth 2?

h/t @Taxpayers1234 https://t.co/MEIni3a5et

— LaurieAnn 💫 (@mooshakins) May 16, 2018

Amazing. Just amazing.

My God. This entire thread is a look inside another dimension. It’s based on no known reality. https://t.co/23pOGp5itJ

— Heather (@hboulware) May 16, 2018

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