The result of a coolness gap? Obama beat McCain in the 18-to-29 demographic in the exit polls by 66-32 in 2008, and then thumped Romney 60-37 in 2012. This explains why, as Obamacare sinks, Obama's back on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and phoning in to Ryan Seacrest's radio program and exchanging quips on "Between Two Ferns" with comic actor Zach Galifianakis. It underlines the limited power of coolness: Young voters picked Obama and now reject signing up for Obamacare, when he really needs them.
The dignity of the office is in shambles. But man, the dude is cool.
Who is this "hipster elite" that manufactures cool? Gutfeld says it's a media-academic-government complex. They all come from college campuses and teach "what is cool is the subversion of the normal, the subversion of tradition. The great thing about their life is that they can tell you everything sucks that came before, without ever having to replace it. So they make fun of your parents, they make fun of religion, they make fun of actual work." They only like jobs where they just talk or "community organize."
One can imagine that young voters with rising health-care premiums and insane levels of college-loan debt might turn on Obama as time goes on. But that hipster elite packs a wallop of media power. They can't make socialism work, but they can make it sound awfully hip for a while.