The GOP is really struggling with getting the point of why a lot of people don’t like them.
“How do you make abortion funny?” That was a key question mulled at a major conservative gathering Friday on how to make social conservatism appealing to young people, after an election where Republicans got trounced in the battle for millennial voters (who are are moving even further and further away from the Christian-right on marriage and other issues).
Abortion has to be made funny, the thinking goes, because funny sells on social media, and that’s where one goes to court young people. “You can engage with sarcasm, it’s hard with the abortion issue, but you have to,” said Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins at a breakout panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington today on how to win millennial voters. “Unfortunately we have to, because this is the generation that we’ve been dealt.”
Far be it from me to tell them that how you deliver your message may be a big part of selling it, but if the voters don’t like the message itself — we’re trying to control women’s bodies — not even Mel Brooks can make it funny enough to win over the audience.
This also shows that the Republicans really don’t get the theory behind comedy anyway. Mocking the weak and the oppressed doesn’t work: you can’t get a laugh out of poking fun at someone who is in pain and under the heel. That’s just bullying with a laugh track.