While panelist and former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer quickly changed the subject to terrible deeds done by liberal writers, he did acknowledge that Limbaugh's portrayal of Fluke was insulting, and he shouldn't have done it. Conservative advisor Mary Matalin, however had a different take as she pimped the satiric nature of Rush's radio show:
Nothing is more effective than political humor and political satire and nobody does it better than Rush."Perhaps I'm simply comedy impaired, but I rarely find referring to a young, articulate law student, passionate about a serious issue as a slut, or a prostitute, or demanding to view her in a sex act as satirical. Satire proceeds from humor and I'm not seeing it here or whenever Limbaugh engages in hate speech against women (or the President or any other group he has political disagreements with.)
I'm convinced Mary and Rush just don't understand what humor is, though you think she'd get it because she's been married to Carville long enough and he's always laughing at something. So I'm going to help by offering five things more funny than Rush's satire in the hope they'll stumble across this entry and perhaps figure it out.
|Colbert and Stewart at 2010's Rally for Sanity/Fear on the National Mall|
1. Let's start with the obvious. John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are satirists and way more funny than Rush Limbaugh. Yes, their politics tend to show up as way more to the left than Rush, but that doesn't stop them from skewering those whose political persuasion they share. In the end, both men want an end to the unseemly marriage between money and power in American politics and they are just as happy to pillory Nancy Pelosi as John Boehner.
2. I confess, I'm old, and I haven't stayed up to watch Saturday Night Live in years and years. SNL has been famous for political humor from Dan Ackroyd's portrayal of Jimmy Carter to Fred Armisen's efforts to be Barack Obama. They took on advertisers and politicians of all stripes and even the media as they spoofed the 70's Sixty Minutes segment called point counterpoint. Here are Jane Curtain and Dan Ackroyd talking nuclear power in the Shana Wallace and James J. Kilpatrick roles. This is satire and this is funny. Mary and Rush are you taking notes?
|As bad as it looks, or just too unintentionally funny to ignore.|
3. Plan Nine from Outer Space is one of my least favorite movies of all time. An Ed Wood movie, it's a bizarre mix of alien invasion, zombie resurrection and murder mystery. Plan Nine was Bela Lugosi's last film, and he died in the middle of making it. No matter, Bela's in the first half of the film while the guy who replaced him, but looks nothing like him, takes over in the second half. Most people find Plan Nine unintentionally hilarious, despite being rated as the worst movie of all time, but I find the script ridiculously wordy and convoluted, and it gives me headache. However, nobody calls a young student a slut or a prostitute, so I'm willing to revisit this unintentional masterpiece and laugh the night away.
|No not taken in my own bathroom, but an all too familiar situation|
|Kim Jong Il-A legend in his own mind.|
|Newt waxing expansively about moonbases, the president's treason, or about what Callista made for dinner.|
So Mary and Rush, these are five things that are much funnier than calling Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute. There are many other items I left off the list-cholera outbreaks, some Adam Sandler movies, and the rapid exit of your sponsors. But this was just a brainstorming session.