John Oliver’s Hilarious Portrayal of the Cool, Young Republican

The late night comedian’s new show takes a shot at the RNC’s embarrassing new campaign ad.

National Journal
Lucia Graves
March 21, 2014, 9:25 a.m.

“I don’t like it when people tell me what to do, like, ‘Buy health care’ or, ‘Don’t carry a con­cealed weapon in the car!’ or, ‘Hey, that leath­er jack­et is way too small for you!’ ” act­or Josh Gondel­man tells his view­ers.

In case you’ve been asleep all week, Daily Show alum John Oliv­er, whose half-hour show will premiere on April 27, is mock­ing this new(ish) Re­pub­lic­an ad that lets young people know its OK to vote Re­pub­lic­an.

The GOP is try­ing to make in­roads with young people, who voted over­whelm­ingly for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Since they can’t win young people on is­sues like im­mig­ra­tion, gay mar­riage, and drug re­form, they’re try­ing to win them with hip­ster glasses and tiny leath­er jack­ets.

The ef­fort has already been pretty ef­fect­ively flamed by Salon‘s Alex Pareene, who sum­mar­ized Re­pub­lic­ans’ un­der­stand­ing of young people thusly: ” ‘Whatever,’ as the mil­len­ni­als say. ‘LOL,’ they sext one an­oth­er. ‘Let’s frack some shale gas, YOLO.’ “

Listen to Oliv­er’s A+ mock­ery here (ori­gin­al ads are be­low each par­ody):

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