Would you believe it? Late night comedians are actually mocking the Democratic candidates.
It’s true. In fact, over the weekend (Saturday, June 15), I went on WATTERS’ WORLD, along with Charlie Kirk, to talk with Jesse Watters about that very thing. Leftist media personalities (but I repeat myself) are taking note of how old these candidates are...how boring they are (Jimmy Kimmel said the people in Iowa are saying, ‘We’ve never been this bored, and we live in Iowa”)...how too-too politically correct they are...how unfunny their jokes are...on and on.
When the late night comedians are attacking the DEMOCRATS, you know how bad those Democrats must be. After all, the standard for Democrats is really pretty low, and I’m not just talking ethics. But they’ve gone after Trump for so doggone long that there is nothing left at the bottom of that mine shaft and they have got to start spelunking someplace else. I’m actually agreeing with Jimmy Fallon: these candidates are about as unexciting as it gets. And we’re barely into the campaign; imagine how boring they’re going to seem in just a few more months.
Charlie Kirk pointed out something that others have commented on, including me: audiences don’t actually LAUGH at all those anti-Trump jokes any more because they’re always on the same themes and aren’t even funny. What proud “progressives” prefer to do is applaud at the “punchlines” (predictable applause lines) to virtue-signal that they agree. The more they applaud, the more it just means they hate Trump. And with leftists, it’s a contest to see who hates Trump more.
Deep, vitriolic hate, in itself, is not funny. That’s the main reason why Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression is not funny.
There is so much opportunity for humor right now –- good grief, with candidates like “the three B’s,” Biden, Bernie and Beto –- that leftists these days really are humorless if they can’t see it. At this point, just about everything funny that’s ever been written in the history of mankind has some kind of PC “problem.” (Even in that last sentence, I used the word "mankind.") And if it offends one person, especially if that person is a member of an “oppressed” group, it must offend us all. Laugh in public if you dare. A truly “woke” person will just give a slight enigmatic smile to offer a hint of approval or roll his or her or “zir” eyes in condemnation.
Even a funny satirical site like THE BABYLON BEE is lost on leftists. They don’t laugh; they fact-check. (That’s another joke: leftists’ so-called fact-checking. Four Pinocchios if you don’t agree with ME.)
A recent weekend afternoon on public radio was dedicated to examining the subject of depression. Have you ever spent a whole afternoon listening to public radio? Sometimes it’s just one tragic story or ghastly-dull public policy analysis after another. The cure for depression on a weekend afternoon would be to turn off public radio.
We love humor around here; I have two comedy writers on my staff, who also write straight pieces but like to mix it up. We will never, ever give up the comedy ghost.
One thing we do love about President Trump is his great off-the-cuff sense of humor. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, as his immediate predecessor often did. Sometimes he’ll just toss off a remark that is drop-dead hilarious. But you have to be paying attention to the nuance of his throw-away comments, and Trump-haters will never do that. What the heck; he knows they’re not his audience, anyway.
It’s not just that Democrats have lost their sense of humor. Jesse played a clip during our segment of big-time Democrat donor Stephen Cloobeck in an interview on MSNBC, complaining that the Democrats are moving way too far to the left, “So much so, it drive me nuts. So much so, it would make me quit the party. And, I’ve made it very clear, I’ll cut your money off. And others will do the same.”
A man like Cloobeck who has made billions knows how destructive socialism is to the economic health of the country. Of course, my question to him would be, “Since this is what the Democrat Party is now, why are you still a Democrat?” (That would be a good question for some other thoughtful Democrats as well, such as pollster Mark Penn and legal expert/civil libertarian Alan Dershowitz, who just announced he’s supporting Joe Biden for President.) Really, the best thing Mr. Cloobeck could do for the Democrat Party is to put the checkbook away.
But now some Democrats are reportedly striking back at what Cloobeck said, saying they won’t be threatened or bullied. Oh, really? Whose money is it, anyway? These Democrats obviously have no respect for the people writing big fat checks to them. How good a job can they possibly do of representing those people?
I think research has actually shown that Republicans aren’t nearly as “brand-loyal” as Democrats are. If a Republican candidate is at odds with his constituency on important issues, Republican donors tend not to write those big checks. Heck, they tend not to show up on Election Day, either, which is, unfortunately, how a lot of Democrats get elected –- by default. In contrast, a lot of Democrats don’t even know the person they’re voting for; they just know NOT to vote for the Republican because Republicans are bad. Not that they know any.
In other words, there’s no Democrat so radically far-left that it would make them vote for a Republican instead. That’s how we got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As Nancy Pelosi recently said (I’m paraphrasing), a glass of water can get elected to Congress if it has a “D” by its name. That may be the most insightful thing she’s ever said. AOC did get elected, and she is on the list of things a glass of water is smarter than.
Moderate Democrats either need to leave their party, or get a lot pickier about the people they’re willing to support.
We wrapped up the Jesse Watters segment with clips of my daughter Sarah, who also happens to be the outgoing White House press secretary in case you’ve been on the planet Neptune, and Kim Kardashian praising President Trump at the White House. I took a moment to thank Ms. Kardashian for using her celebrity status to bring attention to an issue (criminal justice reform) that needed to be addressed. To his credit as well, President Trump listened to her and got something done across party lines. As for Sarah, I said, “How many dads on Father’s Day can say, ‘My daughter absolutely outshined Kim Kardashian’?” And I’ll say it again: She did!