The Oberlin Review

GOP Cannot Rely on Celebrity Buzz to Gain Gen Z Vote

Duncan Reid

May 4, 2018

After Kanye West started tweeting last week that he and the president share “dragon energy,” and that “the thought police want to suppress freedom of thought,” some conservative pundits were quick to welcome West to the right. Ben Shapiro and Alex Jones, for example, tweeted back their praises, with Jones going so far as to extend Yeezy an invitation onto his infamous radio show. Other conservatives remarked that West was making conservatism hip again, and that his endorsement of “Make America Great Again” politics would somehow attract young voters familiar with the artist to the GOP. But is the Chicagoland rapper even on the right, or does he merely agree with the President that some on the left sometimes...

GOP Support of Cruz Signals End of Party

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer

April 15, 2016

The Republican convention is on the horizon, occurring in our nearest city, Cleveland. In two months, the GOP will try to salvage their lot amid a razed political field. The situation that the party leaders face is one in which they can’t truly win. Currently, the three options for a Republican presidential nominee are extremely weak and arguably unelectable — or, if electable, devastating for the future of the U.S. Ohio Governor John Kasich hasn’t been able to rally votes to win the nomination outright, while businessman Donald Trump would undoubtedly be a stain on the country’s history with his racist, xenophobic and sexist policies and lack of overall political proficiency. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a mor...

GOP’s Failure in 2016 Would Create Seismic Shift in American Politics

Sean Para, Columnist

March 4, 2016

The 2016 election is increasingly revealing the seismic shifts that have taken place in American politics over the past decades, as well as the possibility of a new political order. Donald Trump’s surge to the front of the race for the Republican nomination may fracture the GOP for generations to come. An unexpected groundswell of support for Trump’s campaign also displays the strong undercurrents of racism and other forms of prejudice found in the contemporary U.S. A year ago, I never would have believed that a man who openly and regularly makes racist and sexist remarks, has no government experience, speaks only in vague generalities with no concrete policy details and was hesitant to reject the support of former...

Conservatives Employ Dated Image of America

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 27, 2015

On July 16, 1984, then-Governor of New York Mario Cuomo gave a stirring keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Though Walter Mondale — the Democratic nominee for President — faced long odds against formidable incumbent President Ronald Reagan, Cuomo brought the crowd to its feet by directly taking on Reagan’s vision of America at the time as a “shining city on a hill.” Cuomo challenged Reagan’s sunny optimism about America’s trajectory by highlighting the experiences of the marginalized poor all across the country. Citing the crippling effects of rampantly growing social and economic inequality, he likened the American narrative to more of a Tale of Two Cities than a “shining city o...

Jeb Bush Nomination Will Foster GOP Inclusivity

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 6, 2015

In 2012, the year that I turned 18, I proudly cast my first official vote for President Obama. Last summer, I supported and worked for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. And as I consider all of the potential candidates for next year’s presidential election, I can’t imagine voting for anybody but a Democrat. That being said, I truly believe that there are few things more important to ensuring the future vibrancy of America’s social and political institutions than Jeb Bush ending up the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Of course, I don’t hope that Bush — who had a very conservative tenure during his two terms as the governor of Florida — actually ends up as the...

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