Several months ago there was a hullaballoo across the Internet and in the tabloids over the fact that Justin Bieber had come out against abortion, or something. Well, many of the conservative outlets picked it up and ran with it, including The American Spectator and National Review Online. Wasn’t that just great? A role model for our kids and grandkids. Never mind that the Biebster is not only a Canadian but, what?, 9 years old?
The bloggers didn’t just mention the item in passing. They went on and on about it, built essays around it, even seemed to push hopes and dreams of a future moral society based on the joyous news. We thought at the time “Get a grip, bloggers. He’s just a kid.”
Rewind to 2009 and the CPAC convention. Do you remember the cameo appearance by the teeny Jonathan Krohn? He was just too cute, wasn’t he? Spouting out and shouting out all those conservative credos in his best Bill Buckley impersonation. Well, we suppose no harm, no foul, but imagine everyone’s surprise when, a scant three years later, the lovable little imp has pulled a David Brock on us.
Well, now 17, Krohn is admitting to Politico he’s become a liberal and dismissing his former views as childish parroting of views he grew up hearing.
“He likes gay marriage and Obamacare. He’s going to New York University in the fall,” The Atlantic reports. “He name drops German philosophers.”
We’re not here to beat up on a seventeen-year-old kid, though it is kind of amusing to read his assessment of where he was and how oh-so-grownup he is today:
He goes on to attribute his conversion to “maturity overall”: “People don’t realize I was 14 when I wrote that book. I’m 17 now. In terms of my life, three years is a long time in a 17-year-old’s life.”
“Come on, I was thirteen,” he concluded. “I was thirteen.”
………..on second thought, maybe we can learn something from a kid after all.