Sarah Palein Would Be Proud

The website Red Alert Politics just released a list of “30 Under 30” — 30 young conservatives to watch out for.

Do you notice anything about the pictures, though…?

I can’t qwhite put my finger on it.

Ah well. Chalk it up to the future of the GOP!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Scott

    They’ve got Sam Bain (third row, far right). Maybe as their token black guy?

  • AnJuli Reid

    All things considered, statistically speaking, minorities are more likely to vote democratically. I’m a female black atheist republican and I was honestly surprised to see one obviously non-white face in the lot of 30. There are plenty of women (12/30 is pretty close to being half) and a few of those last names (esp. Zeidman and Khanna) don’t seem as whitewashed as the GOP normally is. Good God, with that group being the one to watch out for reproductive rights might advance a few more steps…

  • Wild Rumpus

    Heh – Elizabeth Santorum… poor girl…

  • Tainda

    Can’t exactly taste the rainbow in that bunch, can ya?

  • Brian C Posey

    There’s a higher than I would have expected number of hotties.

  • Nah

    Just at a glance, I see at least 5 people who have done things so low and craven they should be shunned from politics and from the public sphere in general. But yeah, up and comers.

  • OverlappingMagisteria

     Right.  Demographically, African-Americans make up about 12% of US population. That works out to 3.6 out of 30. So they are not too far off with just one, considering minorities tend to avoid the GOP anyway.

  • Thomas Lawson

    I threw up in my mouth a little.

  • Icaarus

    The poster has a lot of weirdness
        – The outside has the foreign sounding last names, and the ‘token black guy’, Mr. Bain
        – The inside is disproportionately female to the rest of the poster (7/12 =58%) vs (12/30 = 40 %), within error but still. 
        – No discernible sorting order (unless I am missing by age). It looks aesthetically sorted, which potentially means the first two points have implications about the people who made this.
        – Adam Piper and his headphones. 
        – And finally, Elizabeth Santorum

  • Earl G.

    Great post.  What can I say, I’m a sucker for puns!

  • ThomasPaine1786

    That’s what jumped out at me, besides the lack of diversity. The Republicans like their women to be sttractive

  • David Philip Norris

    LOL, Hemant!

  • David Philip Norris

     Oh, but I’m definitely sensing the rainbow amongst some of those guys…

  • David Philip Norris

    Exactly, because the real purpose of getting women into politics is so they can find a good Republican man to marry and push all the way to the White House.

  • Mara

    ::snerk:: But…but…but…there’s a black guy! See, it’s diverse! And there are white women, so that’s enough, right? And, uh, the guy on the lower left might not be a WASP.


  • Joe Mama

    I’d love this list.

  • Borax

    Not a single one of these people are pushing 40 and losing their hair.  Also, none of them are trying to deal with that tooth they chipped two weeks ago. They also look very white except for that one guy.

  • LesterBallard

    They know their place?

  • LesterBallard

    I only recognize two of them; Shapiro and that piece of shit  O’Keefe. Who are these five you speak of?

  • LesterBallard

    The Santorum girl went to college? I thought Ricky said college was bad?

  • Ray Mansell

    James O’Keefe?  JAMES O’KEEFE???!!!!

    Well, I suppose he *is* a typical role model for today’s Republican party.

  • Thegoodman

     A female black atheist republican huh? How can you in good conscience vote for individuals who believe in their heart of hearts they are better than you? The entire GOP platform is anti-Women’s rights, pro-Christian, pro-White Privilege. Women, atheists, and black people deserve better than what the GOP would allow them to have.

  • Chris Algoo

    The overwhelming whiteness is a feature, not a bug.

  • Ubi Dubium

    Since it’s a list of “under 30′s that’s not surprising.  Except there should be some guys losing their hair by 30, but I expect the republicans have a mandatory toupee rule.

    I see one token beard, zero men with long hair, zero women with short hair, zero obvious jewelry on the men.  They can’t even work up that much diversity.

  • rlrose328

    Nicely done.  Kudos to you.  :-)

  • Daniel Parker

    And… you beat me to it. Kudos.

  • Daniel Parker

    Because “Barbie” sells.

  • flyb


  • Kari Lynn

    One of them is Lila Rose. 

  • Scott Maddox

    Malhotra is an Indian name

  • Whataboutlibs

    A politically active group comprised almost exclusively of white people under 30? Oh so just like Obama’s campaign staff:

    I suppose they’re racist too right?

  • ReadsInTrees

    I also literally LOLed.

  • Joseph

    … I guess the Log Cabin Republicans are alive and well.

  • Felyx Leiter

    Ugh. Yes.

    *dry heave*

  • MegaZeusThor

    Palein or Palin?

  • Coyotenose

     Nice false equivalence while failing to grasp the point. Please go learn to read and rejoin us in a few years.

  • NewAtheist

    just looked up O’Keefe, Rose, and Shapiro, and I can say I am not fans…

    what surprises me about this list is not the overwhelming whiteness… what does surprise me is the jew, the indian, the Asian, and the number of women all part of the GOP…

  • Mike D

    Who is Sarah Palein?

  • Tainda


  • linford86

    > I’m a female black atheist republican

    I’m a rainbow-colored populist party leprechaun…

    …..Oh, wait, we’re not just making up insane stuff?

  • advancedatheist

    How can you in good conscience vote for individuals who believe in their heart of hearts they are better than you?

    You don’t get it, do you? Republican politicians offer to cut everyone’s taxes, deregulate everyone’s businesses and let every law-abiding citizen buy firearms and ammo. They extend this offer to all the groups you apparently think they despise, including women, minorities and atheists. They just use the exclusionary code language to get the Bubba votes.  

  • Keith Collyer

    is it just me, or does she look, shall we say, more tanned than her father?

  • Keith Collyer

     never heard of her this side of the pond, so googled. the third entry was for a Canadian singer of the same name. Hope it doesn’t cause her (the singer) too much grief

  • advancedatheist

    Well, duh. The Republican tribe wants to signal its reproductive fitness (which also serves as a proxy for its social strength and competitiveness in a harsh world – you know, Lakoff’s Strict Father Morality) by choosing attractive women of childbearing age to represent it. 

  • Keith Collyer

     Never heard of O’Keefe either, so looked him up and he really is a pompous self-aggrandizing shit

  • TheAmazingAgnostic

    No. Rick believes that college is bad for other people’s kids, not his kids.

    Isn’t it ironic? He said all of that garbage about how colleges indoctrinate their students for the sole purpose of gaining the support of the tinfoil-hat wearing homeschool crowd.

  • TheAmazingAgnostic

    (And, before some of you attack me, I am not saying that homeschool is bad. When I refer to the tinfoil-hat wearing homeschool crowd, I am talking about the ultra-conservative, good “Christian” folks who want to homeschool their kids to keep them away from multiculturalism and “Darwinism.”)

  • HughInAz

    Republican politicians offer to cut everyone’s taxes, deregulate everyone’s businesses and let every law-abiding citizen buy firearms and ammo.

    And that’s a good thing?

    They extend this offer to all the groups you apparently think they despise, including women, minorities and atheists.

    Reminds me of Orwell’s quote about millionaires and tramps having the same right to sleep under a bridge…

  • Nah

     James O’Keefe for his dishonest editing and sexist harassment of Abbie Boudreau

    Lila Rose for her blatant lying about Planned Parenthood
    Michelle Fields for her accosting of Matt Damon, who then proceeded to embarrass her.

    Amanda Henneberg for her shameless pushing of the edited Obama “You didn’t build that” lie.

    Katie Pavlich for pushing Fast & Furious lies.

    Honestly I don’t recognize all of them, but what’s the over/under on >80% of them hating gay people and non-Christians?

  • Mike D

     Sigh… that’s what I get for working double shifts all week.

  • 3lemenope

    The quote you’re thinking of is from Anatole France, not George Orwell. 

    “The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.””

  • HA2

     Don’t do that. Why bring up their looks in the first place? We don’t need more sexism in politics, there’s enough of it as it is. It’s good that there are women represented pretty fairly here (12/30, that’s only a few away from 50%) .

  • Craig Hansen

    A ”
    female black atheist republican”? The population of those who fall under that heading is probably smaller than the number of sociologists who would like to study you.

  • Tainda

    Hahaha I know how that feels

  • Lellipses

    Um, atheist groups aren’t exactly known for diversity either.
    Those pointing out so-called ‘tokens’ must not know how annoying and degrading it is to be called one, nor what it says about themselves.

  • RJ

    hemant, you of all people should know that ‘khanna’ and ‘malhotra’ are indian last names.

  • Gretchen
  • Baby_Raptor

    Wow. You don’t even try to hide that you have nothing to add and are just here to spew hate, do you? Couldn’t even make a name without your crap in it.

  • Gunstargreen

    What happens when they pass the laws pertaining to what Bubba wants about race, religion and gender? You can pretend they won’t and it’s all part of the game, but they certainly seem to be trying with several successes on the state level.

    I’m not saying you should vote Democrat either, but this is a perfect example of how flawed the two party system is. Because of your fiscal opinions you’re stuck between voting for a party that fundamentally hates everything you are or a party that disagrees with your economic viewpoint.

  • anon101

    This post is a typical example of diversity-naziism. It is kinda obvious
    that if you shortlist 30 people you are not going to be able the
    represent every minority. Furthermore if you would randomly draw 30
    people from the entire US population you would get a diversity very
    similar to that shown in the picture. It is kinda telling that you as
    a math teacher wasn’t able to come up with this comparison. Secondly
    there are far too many women in the picture. You should seriously
    reconsider your “war against women” trope because it is not
    catching on.

  • wmdkitty

    I see what you did there…

  • moother

    two words: ha ha

  • Dan Henry

    “Don’t do that. Why bring up their looks in the first place?”

    Because it says something about conservatives.  Your comment reminds me of something Ta-Nehisi Coates  said in the context of racism:  “We live in a country that may well be offended by racism, but it’s equally offended that anyone might actually charge as much.”

    Pointing out sexism in conservatives is not the same thing — nor is it nearly as bad as — actual sexism.

  • Patrick

    Whatever your intentions, she really doesn’t need an internet lecture. She also doesn’t need me to stand up for her, but your comment(s) was just too condescending to resist.

  • Thegoodman

     This list reeks of sexism. Essentially all of the people on it are attractive except for a handful of white nerds (to make it look legit).

    Sex sells. Especially to sex deprived homophobes.

  • Thegoodman

     Good point, I apologize to AnJuli for my tone.

    However, I really am interested in how a female black atheist could possibly vote along side Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum. Which GOP arguments are so strong that she can ignore the blatant hatred and bigotry of their social policies?

  • Larry Meredith

     Hemant once posted a video of her doing a speech calling for all abortions to be done in in the public square so everyone can watch.

  • Joseph

    Hmmm… Let’s see. One thing they all have in common.

    Oh! I see it. Their names are all spelled correctly.

  • kullervo

    They’ve got a ginger!

  • Nazani14

    Orit is generally a Jewish first name, and Khanna may be part Indian.

  • Nazani14

    ” Furthermore if you would randomly draw 30 people from the entire US population you would get a diversity very similar to that shown in the picture. ”
    Nope.  Not even close.  Whatever suburb you live in is not representative of the entire US population.  Google US demographics.

  • Mike Haubrich

    Give them a break.  There are women in that group.  It takes time to get dragged into the present and they aren’t so good at. 

  • amycas

    I almost missed him.

  • kaydenpat

    There’s one Black (or mixed) fellow.  LOL.  Not totally a whitewash.

  • Rupert McLanahan

    Hemant, nice to see that you are emulating PZ to such an extent.  

  • Sandy Kokch

    The shark like empty eyes?

    The totally insincere piano grins?

    The sliver spoons hanging from each and every mouth?

    The way light shines in through one ear and out of the other?

    aaaaahhhhhh ….. I see ….. the lack of “colorful” characters ;-)

    Reminds me of one of those “know your enemy” plane silhouette posters we used to stick up in ak-ak batteries during WW2.

  • scrange

    I think you’ll find the problem with the initial statement was that it contained actual sexism…

    There’s no need to bring up the level of attractiveness of the women included on this list. Both commenters should check their privilege.

  • Feline256

    The Democratic party is not free of hatred, bigotry, racism, classism, assholes, etc. (both blatant and implicit) Yet I can still often vote alongside them.

  • Feline256

    Nice silencing/shaming tactic there.

  • jemiller226

    Not to mention that Google Chrome warned me that I’d get malware if I went to that site. Classy.