Nikki Haley and Yellowstone Conservatism

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Nikki Haleyโ€™s campaign for president can be best understood by comparing it to the current television drama Yellowstone. The show is wildly successful and will spawn several spinoffs, and has an impressive cast. The New York Times calls it a โ€œconservative fantasy.โ€ It features rough-and-tumble white people with cowboy hats and guns triumphing over city-slickers. Thatโ€™s enough for the Times to consider whether or not itโ€™s a โ€œred-state drama.โ€

Conservatives are now so used to the mediaโ€™s attacks that they may be desperate for any representation in pop culture at all, even when it is purely superficial as in Yellowstone. The showโ€™s producer in fact mocked the mediaโ€™s naรฏvetรฉ, saying: โ€œThe showโ€™s talking about the displacement...

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Feb 17th 2023
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