In the NY Times recently, an article was found that brought a real chuckle. The story tells of a 14 year old boy who fancies himself the next Rush Limbaugh. In an impromptu interview on radio, the boy derides all that is progressive in politics, and sounds like an outtake from the ‘80s sitcom, ‘Family Ties’, that launched the career of Michael J. Fox.

For those who weren’t yet born, or that have not seen the re-runs on Nick at Nite, Alex P. Keaton was a constant thorn in the side of his liberal parents, fashioning himself as a big-time supporter of the then sitting president. He was also a stark contrast to the other children in the Keaton house, as his siblings all held views roughly identical to their parents. It was genuinely funny, and never mean spirited – this was the ‘80s – back before the era of Newt Gingrich and his instructions to use flaming rhetoric to describe those that did not agree with the Republican platform.

SITTING in the back seat of his mother’s van as she drives through Atlanta suburbs, Jonathan Krohn is about to sign off with a conservative radio talk show host in Florida. In the 40 minutes he’s been on the air, with the help of his mother’s cell phone, this hyper-articulate Georgia eighth grader has attacked the stimulus bill, identified leaders he thinks will salvage the Republican Party’s image, and assessed the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The show’s host chuckles and asks whether President Obama has called Jonathan “a little fascist.”

“The president hasn’t come after me yet,” Jonathan says chummily, “but we’ve had other people come after me!”

“Jonathan!” his mother hisses from the driver’s seat.

The interview concluded, Jonathan wistfully handed his mother her cell phone. His parents still won’t let him have one, even though he turned 14 last Sunday, right after he became an instant news media darling and the conservative movement’s underage graybeard at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

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The child is very articulate, as Alex P. Keaton was, and has a good knowledge of the government workings. In that respect, we should also applaud the fact that, by comparison to most of his peers, he is a giant, a thinker amongst ‘feelers’, and should grow to being a good citizen, taking his responsibilities as a citizen seriously.

I’m betting Gingrich loves him – more than possibly any of his own progeny.


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