Last week news broke that Jonathan Krohn gave up conservatism at the ripe old age of 17. If you don't know Krohn, he took the political world by storm in 2008, when at the age of 13 he addressed the CPAC conference talking about conservatism. The right jumped all over him and made him their new poster child. Even countless big name conservatives decided to treat him as a star, posing in countless pictures with the 13 year old boy. TPM actually has assembled a slide show of Krohn posing with Romney, Gingrich, Breitbart, O'Reilly and countless others.
But when Krohn denounced conservatism last week the tides turned. Once their "child star", the right has now turned into a bunch of rabid dogs, attacking yet another child. Today Krohn has written about it in Salon. In it he hits at the big problem coming from today's right:
But then, earlier this week, Politico released an interview in which I announced I wasn’t a conservative anymore — and the proverbial crap hit the fan. Since then, I have been treated by the political right with all the maturity of schoolyard bullies. The Daily Caller, for instance, wrote three articles about my shift, topping it off with an opinion piece in which they stated that I deserved criticism because I wear “thick-rimmed glasses” and I like Ludwig Wittgenstein. Why don’t they just call me “four-eyes”? These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13.
Welcome to the maturity of today's Republicans. They don't care your reason; if you have the nerve to disagree with them they will attack you personally.