oh beezy

miscellaneous cultural commentary from two urban twenty-somethings. on this here interweb, we go by "bee" and "zy."

strange little man child

And now, witness Jonathan Krohn, the weird infant geriatric who has captivated the hearts of the GOP and its ilk. Some call him an inspired speaker, others an amateur, but it seems clear that many want him to become a recognized phenomenon.  Watch the clip below.  What do you see?

I’ll tell you what I see: a misdirected prodigy.

The NYT is somewhat skeptical, but mostly fawning (see A Conservative Pundit Turns 14, featuring the would-be spokesteen in a sweater vest and scowl that would make Robert Novak proud).  The Republicans want him to be the next Obama, a firebrand who will give the movement a much-needed jolt of idealistic juice.  (Too bad he’s almost two decades too young to run…)

But Krohn is neither a fully formed pundit nor a viable spokesperson.  He is a talented mimic, speaking with the exasperation of a seasoned politician and gesturing with the zeal of a Bible Belt pastor.  He has written a book and been a radio personality, and these are impressive feats.  But they are the accomplishments of a brilliant child encouraged by awestruck parents. Imagine the kind of energy that is behind them and what it might accomplish in other arenas.  In the wrong hands, he could be a burnt-out child actor.  In the right hands, he could be a Mozart, an Einstein.

Instead, he is devoting his precocity to the strategic study and practice of conservatism.  It is a narrow field within which to pursue greatness. The opportunities for insight are limited, and the possibility for narrowmindedness is great.

If only Krohn would devote his talent to something better served, like science, history, or green energy concerns–an issue that concerns many teens, few of whom have the capacity or audience to sway public opinion.  But it’s not going to happen as long as he chooses to be the darling of the right.  Perhaps it’s best to assume his parents’ stance: permissiveness, annoyance, and ultimately, boredom.

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  1. I see a kid who picked up a school book on Politics, and copied the chapter on Conservatism.

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