Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This Wasn't Foreseeable At All (Hint: Yes It Was)

Who here remembers Jonathan Krohn?  He was the 13 year old who became a conservative sensation after giving a speech at CPAC 3 years ago:


Now, to be fair, there's a lot that's stupid with that.  I could focus on the fact that if your political ideology can be refined and articulated clearly by a 13 year old as well as your actual thought leaders, it points to a certain lack of intellectual heft.  I could point that an obsession with child leaders is a typical behavior of cults, and is, in a word, creepy.

But none of those things are what I want to focus on or why I set up a google alert for "Jonathan Krohn" 3 years ago.  Because there's one reason that hero worshipping a 13 year old is stupid that dwarfs all the others:  They. Will. Betray. You.

I set up that google alert (which I'll confess I then forgot about) because I knew that story was coming eventually.  I can't even feel very proud about it, it was so obvious.  OF COURSE the 13 year old on national TV is parroting back the Republican talking points his family and conservative community in Georgia hammered into his head.  Hell, Krohn even nails it:
I think it was naive.  It's a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time...I live in Georgia.  We're inundated with conservative talk in Georgia...The speech was something that a 13-year-old does.  You haven't formed all your opinions.  You're really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13.  It's impossible.  You haven't done enough.
13 year olds are just becoming teenagers, and teenagers rebel.  That's basically the definition of the word.    So it should surprise absolutely no one that at 17, Jonathan Krohn now supports Gay Marriage, Obamacare, loves The Daily Show, is headed to NYU in the Fall, and (if he was old enough to vote) would be voting to reelect Obama.  Because that was how this story was always going to end.  The only ones who didn't see it coming were the Republicans who tried to turn him into the second coming.

So, Republicans: That was stupid.

And Jonathan: You seem like a cool dude, good luck.  But don't expect the Left to turn you into some kind of idol.  Because, well, that would be stupid.

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