How quickly the fall from grace begins.
After Politico revealed that Jonathan Krohn, the 17-year-old who achieved internet fame in 2009 with a fiery CPAC speech, is a fire-breathing conservative no longer, attacks on his character sprung up on the web.
During an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" on Tuesday, Krohn discussed his shift away from the right side of the aisle and addressed where he now stands on several political issues.
"Well, I am in favor of Obamacare," he said. "I mean Obamacare and gay marriage, and I am pro-choice now. You know, it was social conservatism that was really the first thing to go."
Reflecting on his encounters at social conservative gatherings, he continued, "It's very much a very fundamentalist, strong Evangelical core that you have there. And, if you stray from that, a lot of the people in that area of conservatism have a problem with that, if you reach out a little bit and don't agree with them on one issue. They're very restrictive."
Asked about blowback he's experienced from conservatives in response to his political shift, Krohn acknowledged that some of the reaction has been critical, but stressed, "I changed my mind." Referring to coverage on Fox News he said, "They started making fun of me. I think one of the guys said if it was up to him he would have left me in the woods as a baby. On the Daily Caller, they have written three articles about me, all of which called me names I can't repeat on television in 5:00 in the afternoon."
One Daily Caller article published earlier in the day quoted an anonymous source who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009, who called Krohn "smug, condescending, and obviously completely ignorant of what he was saying." The source added, "To be clear, the fact that he was being used did not make the kid any less of a douche.”
Krohn, who authored the book Defining Conservatism: The Principles that will Bring our Country Back, signaled on Tuesday that if he were old enough to vote in this year's presidential election he would cast a ballot in favor of President Barack Obama.
Below, a look at 20 extraordinary wunderkinds.
Most five-year-olds finger-paint. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/aelita-andre-5-year-old-painting-prodigy-new-york-agora-gallery_n_1598196.html" target="_hplink">Aelita Andre</a> is about to have her second solo show as "the youngest professional painter in the world" at New York's Agora Gallery -- her first showing raked in up to $30,000 per painting. Andre is the daughter of two painters; at nine months old, she crawled onto her parents' canvasses and began to paint.
15-year-old <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/04/kuhao-blind-teen-plays-piano-songs-video_n_1403034.html" target="_hplink">Kuha'o</a> has been blind since infancy, but he hasn't let his loss of vision deter him from his dreams. He is able to play any song on the piano after listening to it only once. In just two days, his instrumental version of the dubstep song "Cracks" by Freestylers racked up <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBfEHF_7vxg&list=UUFIxsG6xSy8Q7fQ2tgrzmbA&index=2&feature=plcp." target="_hplink">more than 60,000 views</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/autistic-child-billy-joel-piano-man-video-viral_n_1463687.html" target="_hplink">Six-year-old Ethan</a>, who is on the autism spectrum, has an extraordinary talent for music. At just four, he began playing The Beatles' "I Will" by ear. Now, his cover of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpF3326_b5g&list=UUkxYCucMvYEjrgokL4nDmbA&index=5&feature=plcp" target="_hplink">has gone viral</a>, boasting more than 1.2 million views.
Piano teacher Judith Fairchild works with student Marissa Liu, 6, Thursday, May 17, 2012 in her Memphis, Tenn. home. Marissa just recently won the Grand Prix at The X Sonatina and Sonata International Youth Piano Competition sponsored by the Fryderyk Chopin Society of Texas in Corpus Christi. She is apparently the youngest winner ever in the competition's history. Part of the prize is, Marissa, who can't reach the piano pedals, will be performing at Carnegie Hall in December. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal)
Jourdan Urbach rehearses at the Pierre Hotel prior to a ceremony where he will receive the nation's highest public service awards, the Jefferson Awards, Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in New York. Urbach is a violin prodigy who has channeled his musical talents to raise more than $5 million for pediatric medical research around the globe, headlining benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other venues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In November 2012, the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3oNVmSaMsE" target="_hplink">5-year-old Internet sensation from Hong Kong</a> shut down <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/5-old-piano-prodigy-too-good-true-183547955.html/" target="_hplink">the conspiracy theorists of YouTube</a> with a live performance of the fast-paced Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov composition, "Flight Of The Bumblebee," on <em>Ellen</em>. There were a few big differences between this, Tsung Tsung's U.S. television debut, and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">viral video from the fall that introduced us</a> to the Hong Kong talent. Tsung was noticeably less smiley than he was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">when we first fell in love</a>. In fact, he was almost deadly serious, clad in a snazzy white tux instead of his usual pajamas. Luckily all his dramatic moves were still there, including a new closer he whipped out in which he throws his hands up "<a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1076600/hong-kong-child-piano-prodigy-wows-american-tv-audience" target="_hplink">like a gymnast after a golden Olympic performance</a>."
Tsung Tsung, Part 1
Speaking of the earlier adorable video of little Tsung Tsung smiling away, here it is. The YouTube clip surfaced in September 2012 and quickly made its way to Reddit, where commenters so in awe of Tsung's lightning fast hands questioned the video's authenticity. You <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/amazing-child-prodigy-ast_n_1870865.html" target="_hplink">know where we stand on that though</a>.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/12/nine-year-old-artist-kier_n_1669610.html" target="_hplink">This summer</a>, nine-year-old <a href="http://kieronwilliamson.com/" target="_hplink">Kieron Williamson</a> sold 24 paintings in 15 minutes for the very-adult price of $386,000. He began painting at the ripe old age of six, and has been unwaveringly supported by his doting mother who recently wrote a biography about the young painter, modestly titled "Kieron Willimason Coming to Light -- The Remarkable Story of A Child's Gift to Painting."
Eleven year old Ethan Bortnick has already performed with the likes of Beyonce and Elton John, and claimed a Guinness Book of World Record's title as the world's youngest solo musician to headline his own tour, which he first did at the age of 9. This summer, the piano phenomenon wrapped up another solo tour, on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/ethan-bortnick-piano-prodigy-video_n_1707536.html" target="_hplink">a 22-city sweep of America</a>.
Seven-year-old Alma Deutscher may not be able to reach the pedals of her piano without a little help from a stack of books, but the young pianist, violinist and composer is the latest sensation in the classical world. In an NBC News video from this fall (seen to the left), the tiny talent is seen cooly composing a cello sonata and performing her own musical creations on both the piano and violin. Deutscher, a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/prodidy_n_1967652.html" target="_hplink">favorite of British actor Stephen Fry</a>, wrote a short opera called "The Sweeper of Dreams" earlier this year, a feat that <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/9604486/Is-Alma-Deutscher-the-new-Mozart.html" target="_hplink">prompted comparisons to Mozart</a>.
Try not to headbang along to this video of six-year-old Jaxon Smith drumming to the Foo Fighters' song Pretender. According to the video's description, the self-taught percussionist weighed just one pound when he was born in 2005. He's grown up to be quite a rocker, performing songs by Rush, The Who, Heart (yep, "Barracuda"), the Silversun Pickups, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and more. For more of Jackson's amazing drumming, head over to the profile of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/U2RUSHFAN?feature=watch" target="_hplink">YouTube user U2RUSHFAN</a>.