It’s not the cowboys they object to, but the poetry. Poetry is never anything but a joke in American culture, especially (but not exclusively) on the right.
Afterthought: One thing about poetry being despised & abject in the US — it confers freedom.
Republicans have a very traditional view of democracy. Apparently, they would like to return to a time when only white, male, property-owners could vote. But what I find particularly appalling is this idea that “feelings” are unreal. What the NH pol really means, of course, is “feelings” of generosity are unreal while “feelings” of selfishness are real. Makes the baby Jesus weep, really.
Update: And lest anyone think, with Lou in comments, that this is an isolated incident, or that it is not about disenfranchising (supposedly liberal) young voters, see this report from IHE. This is part of the Right’s playbook. Has been since at least Nixon.
I’ve been bitching about Juan Williams to my local NPR station’s manager for years. Josh Marshall’s pithy analysis of the situation this morning gets it exactly right.