Democratic failures often come from this: an overestimation of their own prowess. Too regularly they just assume they've got everyone on board, and proceed accordingly. This is a weakness that conservatives can take advantage of. As they push forward confidently, but wholly oblivious to true public opinion, elitists alienate the masses. They piss people off with their obsession with audience-less films and ignorance to overwhelmingly popular ones. When legislation is passed over the heads of the voters in contradiction to their demands, Democrats shoot themselves in the foot. That is the essence of the Brokeback debacle — crowds aren't flocking to fill theatres or relating to its message but the media acts like it's revolutionizing the consensus on homosexuality. Reality is starkly different, the movie isn't changing minds; it's masturbation to the left's own moral superiority and self-righteousness.
Just as the left's recent initiatives have failed due to their own delusional confidence and ignorance, this will too. The same political gravity that took down Bush — the lack of public support and political capital — will shock the optimism that this movie spurned. It's not striking the nerve that the critics think it is, mainly because the target audience is far different than the average American. The resentment builds and conservatives thrive on it. For all Bush's mistakes, the Republican Party will flourish due to Democratic arrogance. There is no need to fear our culture's corruption because it's a sham. This movie isn't a smashing success; it's a niche flick. So keep it up liberals, it will be your demise.