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Jonathan Krohn, the former conservative boy wonder who provoked an angry reproach from the right last week when he announced his reinvention as a liberal, is out with a new op-ed shedding light on his political shift and countering the fallout from his decision.

In a column for Salon, Krohn describes his transition from a "naïve" and "nasal" conservative idealist to a maturing, compassionate teenager disenchanted with the current state of "ideological warfare." The one-time Conservative Political Action Conference fan-favorite writes that the right's response to his conversion underscored his belief that political discourse is increasingly becoming a battle between "drunken college boys fighting over which one of their fraternities is cooler":

I have been treated by the political right with all the maturity of schoolyard bullies. The Daily Caller, for instance, wrote three articles about my shift, topping it off with an opinion piece in which they stated that I deserved criticism because I wear “thick-rimmed glasses” and I like Ludwig Wittgenstein. Why don’t they just call me “four-eyes”? These are not adults leveling serious criticism; these are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13.
Krohn also says his transformation was motivated by life experience and a new frame of mind that his younger self couldn't comprehend.
Read that last quote again, and then watch this dead on-target New Rules segment by Bill Maher from just a few weeks ago:

Good for you, Jonathan Krohn. Welcome to adulthood; it sounds like you'll do just fine...if you aren't destroyed by your former fans, that is.

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKOMA.

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