Nikki Haley and Yellowstone Conservatism

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Nikki Haley’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 “conservative fantasy.” It features rough-and-tumble white people with cowboy hats and guns triumphing over city-slickers. That’s enough for the Times to consider whether or not it’s a “red-state drama.”

Conservatives are now so used to the media’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 show’s producer in fact mocked the media’s naïveté, saying: “The show’s talking about the displacement...

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Feb 17th 2023
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