From a reader:
The thing is, it’s not just rock music that’s been pre-empted by the left. There’s an automatic assumption in classical music circles that everyone’s a liberal. What I find particularly frustrating about that is that much of the funding for local symphonies, opera companies, etc. comes from very successful conservatives (at least, in my part of the world, where conservatives rule). I was performing as a chorus member with the local symphony when I saw a bumper sticker on a string bass case that said “Vote Republican—it beats thinking.” The irony there is that this particular organization had gone belly up last year, and was reforming with the very generous support of several Republican Party stalwarts.
It makes me crazy.