Look. Newt Gingrich is 65 years old. He's going to be 66 in June. Those other favorites of the Sunday morning talk shows, Dick Cheney and John McCain, are 68 and 72, respectively. For variety's sake, the bobblehead shows will trot out Pat Buchanan, who is 71. These guys are not the future.
And none of them preaches a gospel of progress. They all have one fixed idea: How to return us all to the glorious days of the Reagan era.
It's become axiomatic here on the West Side of the Bandwidth that our Liberal Media isn't Liberal at all. But the Elite Media's infatuation with these grumpy old men only makes sense as a Liberal plot to make young voters see the Republican Party as the party of the garrulous borderline senescent.
I'm not so sure that Cheney and McCain want a return to Reagan. Reagan seems like a prop for the authoritarian Cheney and the addled McCain. I know, many consider Reagan an addled authoritarian, but I don't think he was an authoritarian character in the least. Cheney, on the other hand, is an arrogant, power-hungry bully who uses intimidation to mow down opposition. At heart, his approach is antithetical to Reagan's core beliefs, no matter what Cheney might publicly espouse.
And, although Reagan showed signs of cognitive deterioration while he was still in office, he had a coherent political philosophy, whether you loved, hated or were indifferent toward his beliefs. McCain is just muddled.
All of that said, I agree entirely that these old bobbleheads are not the future and that one could almost argue that their overrepresentation on Sunday talk is evidence of a liberal plot to discredit the Republican Party with young voters. But, I think there is a simpler explanation. Reporters have always exhibited a perverse admiration for the curmudgeonly. They think curmudgeonousness is cool. They romanticize the crusty old scribe who walks the line between practical cynicism and jadedness. The old men of Sunday talk shows are the political counterparts to the idealized, hard-bitten reporter. Trouble is that it's all about style rather than substance.