Stacey Dash and conservatives’ celebrity recruitment problem

May 28, 2014 8:43 PM

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The news that Stacey Dash has signed on as a contributor to Fox News seems relatively predictable, given the “Clueless” star’s recent string of public pronouncements. It would not be particularly significant, either, except that it is an interesting illustration of a persistent structural problem for conservatives: the celebrity gap between conservatives and liberals, and between the Republican and Democratic parties.

Celebrities are not the be all and end all of politics, but they at least have the power to make headlines. Conservatives get less pop in part because they often recruit or rely on famous people on the down-swing of their cultural influence. When Dash wrote a long explanation of her reasons for voti...

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