Will Dobbs Splinter The GOP’s ‘Barstool Conservative’ Coalition?

Will Dobbs Splinter The GOP’s ‘Barstool Conservative’ Coalition?

The “Barstool Conservatives” theory is real, and Dave Portnoy just illustrated why. Reacting to the leaked Dobbs opinion on his show this week, Portnoy, an early Trump supporter, was emphatic. “If that’s an issue, I vote Democrat,” he said.

In 2021, Matthew Walther coined the phrase “Barstool Conservatives,” defining the group “as a coalition who share [Portnoy’s] disdain for the language of liberal improvement, the hectoring, schoolmarmish attitude of Democratic politicians and their allies in the media, and, above all, the elevation of risk-aversion to the level of a first-order principle by our professional classes.”

Indeed, when Portnoy endorsed Trump in 2015, he wrote, “I am voting for Donald Trump. I don’t care if he’s a joke. I don’t care if he’s racist.

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