Conservatives’ pop culture moment, the courts keep supporting religious liberty, and Republican big spenders.
Conservatives’ Pop Culture Moment
“Conservative pop culture is having a moment.” So says, or rather, complains Cate Martel in her article with that title for The Hill.
She cites the phenomenon of “Rich Men North of Richmond,” a song by a rural Virginian named Oliver Anthony posted on YouTube. It’s a cry of the heart from the American working class that has racked up over 37 million views in just two weeks. And it shot to #1 on the Billboard charts, the first time a singer-songwriter ever managed that with a first song. I suspect it’s also the first time a singer-songwriter pulled that off without even having a recording contract! Anthony has reportedly been offered one for $8 million, but he says he isn’t interested. Conservatives have seized on the song as expressing the frustrations of America’s heartland that they hope to address, and a snippet of the video was played at the first Republican debate.