The success of Milo and Ben Shapiro. Also, the inexplicable Twitter popularity of "Comfortably Smug."Ellie wrote: ↑11 Apr 2018, 09:48I do think, from where I'm standing, that a conservative can build "cred" by deliberately triggering liberals, and do that more successfully than a liberal triggering conservatives. And I think it boils down to the essential way both sides see each other. Conservatives think liberals are too sensitive and they want policies based on feeeeeeelings instead of cold hard facts. Liberals think conservatives are unfeeling monsters and they want policies based on greed rather than compassion. So a conservative can vindicate his team's view by deliberately triggering liberals and then saying, "See, look how oversensitive they are, they'll get upset about anything!" Whereas it doesn't reinforce anything on the liberal side to make conservatives feel hurt.
I do think there are plenty of examples where both liberals and conservatives use equally inflammatory language about each other or try to poke each other with sticks in equal amounts. But the sort of "make a name for yourself within your own team by pissing off the other side" fuels more conservative careers than liberal ones. Liberal careers built on pissing conservatives off are more about the whole "she bravely speaks truth to power and the machine doesn't like her honesty!" rather than anything "triggering."
I have absolutely no links to back this up and this is all just my gut feeling.
Also, there's something to be said about the continued support for Ben Domenech, despite multiple plagiarism scandals and the Malaysian government payment stuff, which would have taken down pretty much any respectable left of center writer of similar stature.