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ESSENTIAL READING: Politico’s Jonathan Martin on how younger conservatives see the “Fox News-talk radio-Drudge Report axis” hurting the right:
“The egghead-hack coalition believes that the entertainment-based conservatives create an atmosphere which enables flawed down-ballot candidates, creates a cartoonish presidential primary, blocks needed policy reforms and generally leave an odor on the party which turns off swing voters.”
One important group somewhat surprisingly influenced by the axis: big money donors.
Martin is one of North America’s leading Freak Show scholars, and he nails an important story here.