As pop culture has grown ever more vulgar, politicians have tended to plant themselves either in opposition to it (think Romney’s iPod) or in support. Bill Clinton played the sax on the Arsenio Hall show and talked about his choice of underwear. George W. Bush was dismissive of TV, telling The Los Angeles Times in 2005 that he had never seen the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Desperate Housewives or Saturday Night Live’s parody of his daughters.
‘‘They put an off button on the TV for a reason,” he said.
However biased and low, pop culture affects politics. Accordingly, it’s not safe for any politician to turn it off completely.
Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist.