The Cycle | February 18, 2013
>> probably more insightful in my opinion, with you will a apologies to the biggie fans.
>> it's amazing how tupac has moved from political pariah to political friend used by vice president dan quayle when he said tupac 's music has no place in society to someone used by presidential hopeful marco rubio to prove he's down. i suspect this says something about tipthip-hop and the gop . hip-hop once was symbolic of the destruction of america. once upon a time finding hip hohop on a politician's walkman was as bad as finding prostitutes. it makes me wonder if noz was right when he said hop hip-hop is dead. tupac was a revolutionary. now his music is so mainstream it's acceptable for the crown prince of the tea party movement to say he loves pac even though he would surely vomit in his grave being used by a man who favors regressive taxes that would only add to our income inequality problems. rube know may be aware of that but he's also aware that the gop has a significant brand problem with voters under 40. many of whom are open to the party's economic ideas but repelled by the party's cultural chance on choice, women's right, gay rights . a fascinating story published yesterday takes us to ohio where a conservative advocacy outfit conducts focus groups with 20-somethings who voted for obama but were deemed within reach of the republicans until they play the word association game . for republican the focus groupers say corporate greed, old, hypocritical, narrow minded, rigid, racist, out of touch, hateful, 1950s . the article says young americans don't want to join a party that's on the wrong side of history. what's a young republican 2016 hopeful to do about the boulder between the gop and the white house ? for rubio tupac is one small way to differentiate himself. to say i'm not out of the '50s. i'm modern and cool. what tupac is to rubio, rubio is to the gop . he's a human band-aid on a gaping bullet hole. most of his message is not that much different from romney's failed assault on big government , but he's not an older white man so maybe this time it will work. but the gop doesn't understand that voters see through the window dressing. they see through the new face pushing old policies. they see through the tupac loving senator whose anti- gay marriage and pro-life and anti-science and pro gun rights and who voted against the violence again women rights . if pac were alive, he would be battling