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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 21, 2008 / 20 Menachem-Av 5768

Fishing with the Angry Everyman

By Michael Smerconish


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | My family went fishing recently with an Angry White Man in Colorado. Funny thing: Gary Hubbell didn't have horns or a tail. What he mainly possessed were opinions - that, and a skill for fly-fishing.


When it was time for lunch on the Crystal River near Redstone, my wife told one of my sons to get out of the water and wash his hands before he could have a sandwich. Wilson, who is 10, had just found a mysterious bone covered with green algae on the riverbank. Hubbell identified it as an elk jawbone, but said that hand-washing while fishing was the sort of unnecessary activity that begets in kids peanut allergies and asthma.


That's a view I would have expected to come from a man I first heard about when somebody sent me one of those e-mails that begins, "You MUST read this." Attached was something Hubbell had written that became an overnight Internet sensation, fodder for a cyberspace version of Whisper Down the Lane, and the subject of many chats on nationally syndicated talk shows such as those of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.


Not bad play for a guy who writes a monthly column for the tiny Aspen Times, which Feb. 9 published an op-ed titled "In election 2008, don't forget Angry White Man." Hubbell's blunt description of what he considered the country's most underserved, unpandered-to constituency - the iconic Angry White Man - created quite a fuss.


"Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians," Hubbell wrote.


"There is one group no one has recognized, and it is the group that will decide the election: the Angry White Man. The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, Deep South to mountain West, Left Coast to Eastern Seaboard."


Hubbell went on to describe that constituency: a gun-owning he-man with no problem reconciling twin loves of football and family on Sunday afternoons. A deer hunter and an avid golfer. A do-it-yourselfer who hates handouts and the culture that coddles them.


The Angry White Man can't stand the Rev. Al Sharpton or anyone who embodies the "liberal victim groups" the Angry White Man has come to despise. But most of all, Hubbell wrote, the Angry White Man loathes Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose "voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock."


I interviewed Hubbell on the radio about three weeks after he wrote his piece. By then, he was as popular online as the storied man with a hook in place of one arm who terrorizes lovers' lanes. In Philadelphia, many of my callers - not all of them white or men - responded with "Heck, yeah."


"We've had comments from angry brown men, a Filipino American, Chippewa Indians, black men, and lots of 'angry white women,'" Hubbell told me that day. "So I really did strike a chord, and I guess it is that people feel like they're not being listened to by our government. People want some fiscal sanity. They don't want people to just stand there with their hands out and be given something for doing nothing. There are a lot of people who feel like they're pulling the freight for the rest of the country, and they're sick of it."


That was when I asked Hubbell what he did when he was not so angry. He told me he was an expert fishing-and-hunting guide, which is how I came to book him for a day of family fly-fishing. Colorado is a swing state, and I wanted to meet the leader of a key constituency.


In person, Hubbell said he didn't intend the Angry White Man to be a self-portrait. He's a 45-year-old married father of two, a man most in his element when standing in three or four feet of sparkling river water with a fly rod in his hand, giving instructions on the delicate manner with which to cast.


Maybe Hubbell is more accurately described as the Angry Everyman. The business card he handed me offers his services including: "ranch real estate broker," "photo, film and video scout," purveyor of "trail horses, hay for sale," and "professional writer and photographer."


A former Democrat now registered as an Independent, Hubbell said the Republican Party comes up short on the environmental issues. He said he has no problem with drilling and blowing stuff up, but the GOP never seems to want to put things back together.


Don't look for Gary Hubbell's demographic group to show up in any of the candidates' polling internals the way they analyze Catholics, or Hispanics, or older white women. No 30-second commercial will target this constituency. It's doubtful that Chris Matthews will be featuring the Gary Hubbells on "Hardball." The presidential campaign is much too P.C. to discuss a voting bloc with a name like the Angry White Man.


But that doesn't mean this is an unimportant voter group. And so, how are they leaning?


According to at least one likely voter - Hubbell - it's Sen. John McCain. "Do I support McCain?" he writes in an e-mail. "I suppose so ... tepidly. He was all wrong on immigration, but he's right on national defense. Environmentally, he's got to be more proactive than Bush was. No one could be worse than Bush."


Hubbell said he could not see himself voting for Sen. Barack Obama in November - a notion he says has nothing to do with race, but much to do with perceived liberal ideology. "I think people are supporting him out of emotion rather than a rational analysis of his policies," he writes. "If you want more taxes on people who really make this country run - working Americans - to support yet another generation of sit-on-your-(butt)-and-collect-a-check slackers, then Obama's your man!"


In the end, he sees the November election as "a contest between rational thought and hope for change." This outdoorsman, whose thoughts entered many an inbox several months ago, sees Obama as too much of an unknown, a risk, and so he intends to hike on the path most-traveled.

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Previously:

07/31/08 The perils of e-mail: Ponder, then click
05/22/08 Two very different sides of the Internet
02/12/08 Sublimely ridiculous suits
11/28/08 Cell phones cut out secondary circle of kinship
09/26/07 What do we owe those who have died in Iraq?
08/30/07 A Navy SEAL's gut-wrenching tale of survival
07/30/07 First it was a faux pas, now it's a new word


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