June 17, 2019

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 boring they are (Jimmy Kimmel said the people in Iowa are saying, ‘We’ve never been this bored, and we live in Iowa”) too-too politically correct they 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.

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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.

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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!


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  • Phillip Hoey

    12/05/2020 09:59 PM

    You meant their 'depends' ??

  • Wayne Burden

    06/18/2019 01:04 PM

    Sir, I enjoy your emails and stories, but quit getting them for a couple of days. Found out they were being rerouted to my Junk folder... I didn’t do this. Almost seems as though Yahoo installed a filter to reroute your emails to the Junk folder without my consent or knowledge. Just wanted to let you know. Thanks and God bless!

  • John Moore

    06/18/2019 11:58 AM

    Why won’t most journalists ask the tough question.? I constantly hear the President obstructed justice.How can there be obstruction with no crime. Thanks for your continued roll in keeping us informed

  • Leon Vilhauer

    06/18/2019 11:54 AM

    When I see how terribly the left treats Sarah on her way out, she was very good by the way. Reminds me of M. Obama’s cliche when they go low, we go high. I’m still waiting to see them go high just one time. If that is an example of the left going high, I’d hate to see their low.

  • Jerry Korba

    06/18/2019 09:04 AM

    I watched for about 12 minutes while these hacks talked in Iowa I said to the Mrs. where have you heard so much BLA BLAA in your life I had to go out and double weed whip which I find boring to start with WOW these Left candidates what do people see in them who are they fooling with the garbage they spew the people they try to convince the policies they have are our future? They are our demise the people in the audience look somewhat normal what in hell made them go and waste their time do they have trouble sleeping? Listening to those Morons should cure that or make them very angry. The lefts Drama Kings and Queens should keep talking they are the cure for people who have trouble sleeping record one of the rants at bedtime turn on the tv listen in 3 minutes you should be sound asleep wake in the morning feel refreshed you didn't listen to the crap the Left is offering.

  • Gail Benensohn

    06/17/2019 11:47 PM

    Your beautiful daughter, Sarah, is a brilliant, well spoken, fearless & accomplished young woman. You should rightfully be bursting with pride.

  • Gerardo Renteria

    06/17/2019 11:23 PM


  • Susan Holden

    06/17/2019 11:17 PM

    I read your columns and love them. You are always right on target and I appreciate your sense of humor. I think it was Jimmy Fallon who made those remarks about the Iowans saying We've never been so bored and we live in Iowa. Maybe Kimmel said that also.

  • Thomas Joseph Hussman

    06/17/2019 10:42 PM

    Autocracy and Atheism are the Democrat party ideals.

  • Chris Price

    06/17/2019 05:54 PM

    It makes me so sad that Sarah is quitting the WH as she was the best thing since ever!! Such a ray of sunshine and loved how she handled the Dems. She has a great mind and doesn't get intimidated. Such a loss, I hope they can find someone very good to replace her. You did a good job raising her!
    I enjoy your comments as well!!!

  • George Kopacki

    06/17/2019 04:07 PM

    For what it's worth . . . . It would be interesting to catalog/analyze who among Democratic party candidates the comedians are making jokes about and who they are not. Given the comedians' lock-step adherence to party doctrine, such an analysis might suggest who the PARTY favors and who the party prefers that the comedians target with their barbs. Personally, I doubt that they are equal opportunity jokesters.

  • william fuhrer

    06/17/2019 03:41 PM

    Comedians aren't as dumb as they look. Comedians might have figured out that the Democrats are more of an enemy of Democracy than Conservatives.Who would have thought that the agency whose leader wrote MASTERS OF DECEIT would abet lies being fed to lies being fed to the FISA COURT instead of telling the judge to stop it dead in it's tracks. FISA is good only if it is fed the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

  • David Colonna

    06/17/2019 02:55 PM

    This has to be one of the best descriptions of where we are at today. You truly made all our week start off with some great humor and the most descriptive piece ever. Thank you and now we have an uphill battle getting all these diehard Moderate Democrats to see the truth and the light. I truly miss the good ole days of heart felt comedy and also much better moral behaviors. I want those days to return, but with President Trump leading us still.

  • nascarccmgrlfan

    06/17/2019 02:10 PM

    There's 3rd party or independent if the blue dog types can't vote for Republicans.

  • rodney burke

    06/17/2019 01:45 PM

    oh you mean the pants they hung up in the closet and haven't worn in decades? ha, ha! yes, they are very humorless.Yes i do agree, Moderate democrats, if there is such an animal, need to pointed do like Phil Gram did. Leave the dems party "Because it no longer represents what i believe." And yes a socialist country has zero comedy. Cuba, USSR, China, Viet nam. Did we see any comedy coming out of them? Not a chance. Communists all over. I am hopeful that some so called leftist donors "figure it out" and put their money in conservative causes and candidates that have a sense of humor.

  • Robin Durham

    06/17/2019 12:23 PM

    I’m with you, Mike! Reading this morning’s Jesus Calling, the subject was not taking yourself so seriously; laughter being the prime focus. The first thing I saw on my phone shortly thereafter: story about Eric Swalwell and “Pencil neck” as some call him, pushing their agendas to get rid of Trump! Why don’t they do something PRODUCTIVE for a change?

  • Bill Young

    06/17/2019 12:05 PM

    I grew up watching Johnny Carson show and now I cannot watch any late night talk shows because of the liberals running it. Johnny Carson used to say three jokes on one subject was enough move on and all you get is anti Trump jokes.

  • Boyd Herrst

    06/17/2019 11:45 AM

    Some dems have a dry snooty sense of humor and lack any sensibility..

  • Stephen Russell

    06/17/2019 11:40 AM

    OK now to see SNL again, update sketches on Dems, policies, etc alone OK


    06/17/2019 11:19 AM