Bud Light sales fell 26% by volume last month. Fox lost half its viewers in the 8 PM timeslot in one week. The protests against hiring Dylan Mulvaney and firing Tucker Carlson are working. As Dee Snider of Twisted Sister sang, “We’re not gonna take it.”
Don, I sure do enjoy your writing. I appreciate your work. Keep up the fight!
"Conservatives in Washington talked a good game but never delivered."
Another great piece, Mr. Surber! Thank you.
Supposedly, Tucker Carlson has a $100 million dollar offer on the table for five years from a station I have never even heard of. I believe that is too much and can be dangerous. I have always enjoyed listening to Tucker and I hope nothing but the best for this man, but an offer like that and as fast as it came in can only mean trouble for conservatives and Mr. Carlson. As far as that thing Dylan Mulvaney goes, all conservatives should ban and boycott any company who chooses to support what we all know is wrong.,
“We drink their tears. But not their beers.” Beauty.
Let’s see if the Budweiser owning conglomerate C suite likes the taste of their next earnings report. Heads already rolled. More may follow. Captain of the ship doctrine. If your marketing underling screws up bigly on your watch, and you “ didn’t know about it”, then WTF are you doing running a company? Billions in lost revenue and stock valuation. Alissa took Bud Light company for a little junket on trans world airlines, and the engines fell off and the landing gear is stuck in the fuselage. Buckle up.
As to the bigger point here on the March for Life: yes, have to be in it for the long haul. The truth doesn’t go away, even if it goes out of fashion. Murder is murder. And commitment to one’s ideals and doing the right thing can be a lifetime battle. Thanks for reminding us of that. The problem with conservative voters is not the voters. It’s the low quality people representing them and grifting off of their beliefs for their own enrichment.
The window of opportunity for Bud Light to save itself has closed. All that would have been required is:
1. The CEO to publicly and genuinely apologize to its customers for the brand's leadership's poor judgement.
2. Admit its mistake, own it and the consequences.
3. Promise to review the performance of all employees from elite universities and MBAs from elite business schools and fire most of them, immediately.
4. Promise to no longer recruit from universities (ivy-league schools, in particular) as a matter of policy and instead, recruit from their most successful distributors.
Okay - #3 and #4 are my own, and won't ever happen, but if they did, I might keep a case of Bud Light on hand should I ever run out of Shiner, unexpectedly.
Forty years ago, if you would have told me that a member of KISS would be among the more sensible and reasonable voices on ANY social crisis in the 21st century, I'd be bankrupt because I would've gone to Vegas and wagered heavily against that bet. Yet, here he is, proving himself to be genuine while his Twisted Sister contemporary revealed himself to be a sell-out when he joined with team Pfizer and the vax-mandate army. Dee Snider ought to be ashamed, but I doubt he is.
"Conservatives in Washington talked a good game but never delivered."
Here's the dirty not-so-little secret that isn't a secret anymore: They had no intention - no plan - to deliver.
"'Consider the conservative nonprofit establishment, which seems to employ most right-of-center adults in Washington.'"
Are they truly right-of-center, though? That is certainly how they SAY they identify, and it's how they market themselves, and their respective organizations. However, the status quo has allowed these think-tanks like The Heritage Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, The Cato Institute, Project for the New American Century, et al. to indulge in, "self-perpetuation: Salaries, bonuses, retirement funds, medical, dental, lunches, car services, leases on high-end office space, retreats in Mexico, more fundraising." without having to actually deliver on ANYTHING - and if conservatism is, in effect, preserving the status quo, how could they NOT see Trump as anything BUT an existential threat?
"'Let that sink in. Conservative voters are being scolded for supporting a candidate they consider conservative because it would be bad for conservatism?'"
With that observation, Carlson just distilled what passes for logic among the GOP establishment, particularly inside the D.C. beltway.
Well, as Billy Kristol put it, the conservative brand (whatever the hell THAT is) but it's the one where these soulless leeches like Ricky Wilson, Georgie-Porgie "Porky Pig" Conway, and their ilk can bray like jackasses on CNN in unity with their leftist brethren while personally attacking Trump like bullies on the playground. They can HAVE that conservatism, I stick with my republicanism (lower-case, 'r' on purpose).
It's why I identify as a republican, not a conservative.
Bring on the wrecking-ball Trump.
It only goes to show what’s possible when something or someone attacks our immediate self interest and as a cohort we stand up against it.
But, (and remember that line about everything that comes before the word ‘But’) if we want to make a real difference to our children’s and grand-children’s lives, we need to kick this kind of thing up a few levels.
I can’t believe I’m going to say this, the French are showing more brass than we are!
For many years, I’ve been thinking that the latest liberal outrage is finally the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The Bud Lite fiasco, the silencing of Carlson (he hasn’t been fired yet, just silenced), and the grooming mania could finally be the logs that break the back.
Maybe the camel’s back is broken beyond the reach of democrat voter fraud.
I'm not sure that the reverse of Roe v Wade was about being pro-life so much as being pro-states' rights and making Congress do its job rather than constantly expecting the Court to make decisions that politicians on both sides don't want to be tied to. But that's just my humble opinion.
As for the boycotts, we'll see if they continue. But you are right in that people are tired of being taken for granted, which is how I might frame it. BudLight thought that their base wasn't going anywhere, no matter how much they insulted them, as did Fox. But as the saying goes, they f--ked around and found out.
"Trump is in part a reaction to the intellectual corruption of the Republican Party." Exactly. Trump actually implemented or tried to implement - against the party's 'leadership' - what the republican party campaigned on for 35 years and didn't do and republicans kicked him out of orifice because he disrupted TRILLIONS of DC grift. Run-on sentence, anyone?
To hell with Fox 'News'; I mean Fox Narratives.
This is precisely why the democrats win over time: because unlike the GOP establishment, they're willing to take losses if it results in permanent institutional change. They knew passing obamacare was going to cost them congress and they did it anyway. They eventually got congress back and the GOP has quietly given up on repealing obamacare.
Nicolae Ceaușescu did not lose a poll or an election, he lost a preference cascade. (and now Romania has fast internet)
Man, just when you think it's prefect, Don uses melancholy. <sigh in joy> Sadly most modern journalists couldn't pronounce it.
I think you're right it's Trump but not the way they think. Trump is the indicator. If he's not the leading edge of change, well, what comes after will be ugly.
And on abortion, don't forget the Roe effect. The people marching didn't kill their babies and some of them had lots. (I know five-six families with more than 5 kids). Meanwhile the other side ain't reproducing. So they groom.
re today's poll: Bud Light is dead. Period. I wonder though, how are the other Budweiser products doing?
Perhaps Tucker is poised to become the next Rush? Being set loose from Fov could have been the best thing to happen to/for him.
Agree, our conservative (?) reps need to stand & deliver. But most of them aren’t conservative and are only looking for money, power, and perks. And as to the “lite” beer thing…. NEVER. Just an occasional stout.
Very well reasoned post Don that makes one think and remember.Trump evoked high hopes among Americans ignored by the beltway.and was elected only to discover what he described as a swamp to be a sewer putrid beyond measure.His court appointees are under attack as the are the wallets of working and retired Americans unending.D.J.T. may not be the nominee but he damn sure still loves the U.S.A. and aspires only to try and heal this bleeding nation.If the prolife movement got us here surely we can pray and work for more progress.Poll was a no brainer for me /your cat is sharp.Thank you sir and keep preaching..
Mass movements are nevertheless comprised of individuals. Individuals make their own choices. I believe that God saves us individually and we choose how we want to live.
I don’t make choices for my friends and family. I make them for my own peace of mind, consistent with who I am, and how I want to be.
I have had gay friends all my life. It never worried me. They lived their way, I lived mine.
Women are wonderful. My wife completes me. I love her unreservedly. My strength protects her, her beauty inspires me.
The pursuit of happiness is personal. That pursuit stops when my happiness deprives others of theirs.
I don’t care if someone finds pleasure in cross dressing and plays drag games. I’m mildly amused at Mulvaney’s antics whereas I’m outraged at the trans abuse of children.
I hate the abuse of women and children.
If someone hurts one of these innocents it were better that a millstone were tied around their necks and they were dropped into the deepest ocean.
We must never forget that the jealous God of the Old Testament is with us eternally, and that the wages of sin are death.