New York Magazine ran an extraordinarily long and glowing feature interview with David Hogg, the 18-year-old school shooting survivor-turned-activist who has found his calling in life: To rile up conservative gun rights supporters, pander to left-wing Democrats, and try his best to get people who disagree with him fired from their jobs. In the interview, Hogg said (threatened?) he would run for Congress as soon as he was old enough to do so. In Hogg’s case, that will mean waiting another seven years, as you have to be 25 to serve in the House of Representatives.
“I think I’ve come to that conclusion,” he said. “I want to be at least part of the change in Congress.”
Hogg has earned the dubious title of The Most Annoying Shooting Survivor in Modern History with his constant campaign to stay on television since the Parkland, Florida shooting in February that claimed the lives of 17 of his schoolmates. It’s not easy to turn half the country against you when you’re a kid who just survived a traumatic experience, but Hogg has a special knack for angering the blood. He comes off as the type of kid who has seldom been told “no” by his parents, and we’re sure he’s much more interested in being famous than he is in actually enacting political change. He’s found his avenue to fame and he’s going to ride it all the way to…well, a forgettable, low-level place in the House of Representatives?
“We really only remember a few hundred people, if that many, out of the billions that have ever lived,” Hogg said of his aspirations. “Is that what I was destined to become?”
Perhaps, but we’re going to go out on a limb and predict that very few people are going to remember David Hogg in five years, much less in fifty. He came along at just the right moment in social media/American cultural history to take advantage of his fifteen minutes. If we’re still talking about this kid at this time next year, much less find his name in the history books, we’ll be more than a little surprised.
Then again, to be honest, we’re a little surprised that we’re still talking about him today.