(Continuing on a question posed by miguel cervantes in the “Exceptionally Exceptional” comment thread – open to thoughts and suggestions for further development of the idea.)
There is no popular culture that is not in the broad sense a leftwing popular culture. The Left represents the spirit of progress driven by further extension of democratic rights – the education of the human race. America, all of the nonsense about “center-right country” to the contrary, is fundamentally a leftwing project. We are the Left before there was a “Left.”
The creative imagination has little difficulty breaking through to the underlying symbolic connections that measure the distance between where we are and where we imagine we should be, and expressing that distance in a dystopic deformation of what-is. A similar operation from the conservative side would compare a dystopia of what-is to the glories of what-was: the virtues and values of the “fathers.” That is what drives Beckism-Palinism – “restoring honor” – but such a movement backward is on a fundamental symbolic level un-American, thus the compulsive need to mask it in hyper-patriotism. You could try exaggerating it creatively for the sake of a TV show, but you’d end up either with something like the film William Hurt was acting out in Kiss of the Spider Woman, or, by sheer logic of form, with the self-undermining “In a Mirror, Darkly” episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise.