The return of the Angry White Man

Posted by lex, on February 15, 2008

When Newt Gingrich led the Republican Party to leadership of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in 42 years, many pundits credited the revolution to the rise of “angry white men.” I can’t recollect what it was that they were angry about – I was stationed overseas and blooming at the time personally – but I do remember that was the handle sympathetic elites fashioned to what must have been an unsettling moment.

Maybe it’s the reverse side of the James Taranto’s observation that the Legions of teh Homeless!!1! tend to disappear during Democratic administrations, only to return to the steam grates once a Republican is read in, but the Aspen Times today evokes the specter of Angry White Men once again:

The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.

His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.

The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.

He believes the Constitution is to be interpreted literally, not as a “living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges who have never worked an honest day in their lives.

So what accounts for the AWM’s untimely exhumation from the graveyard of history? After all, the twin phenomena of homelessness and Angry White Men appear tied to conservative ascendancy, and the conventional wisdom says that this year will result in another electoral rout for the GOP.

Could this be an early example of buyer’s remorse?

“Are Democrats coming surprisingly close to nominating a phenomena rather than a fully vetted candidate?” asked Steve Jarding, a long-time Democratic activist. “The answer to that appears to be a frightening, ‘Yes.’

“Once again, we seem to be falling in love in February only to be headed to a bitter breakup in November when our true love turns out to be much less than expected.”

Guess we’ll see.

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