Thursday, May 24, 2012
Seething & Bubbling
I've been told I'm too abrupt. Sorry about that.BACK AGAIN. There's nothing worse than having to explain humor or its value. Attempting to tell people who are not laughing why something is funny is a doomed proposition. It murders the surprise and spontaneity that humor is. But that's the position you've put me in.
Now I have to make a serious argument about humor. Makes my skin crawl. I cited the Animal House clip I did because it was (ugh) relevant. It's the moment when the utterly defeated rise up in the face of overwhelming odds and "take up arms against a sea of troubles." (Yeah, Shakespeare knew about humor too.)
Of course I enjoyed your reminiscences about funny and sort of funny movies you've seen at some point. But this time I wasn't really trying to construct a list of Top Ten, well, anything. I was trying to sink a harpoon into your funnybones.
There are very real reasons to quit pissing and moaning and start feeling hopeful again. Why? Because there are multitudinous signs that Americans, the real ones that is, not the insufferable MSM intelligentsia, are starting to laugh at the whole Obama reelection act. For the moment they're laughing up their sleeves. But the humor is seething and bubbling under the surface, destined to break out into some loud guffaws after just a few more of the lefties's deadpan jokes on themselves.
Thing is, we're at a tipping point. And you'll miss it altogether if you don't get your minds right.
I'm not going to give you links. Maybe I should but I just won't, because you really need to do some homework. To get your minds right.
Or maybe I'm just lazy. If so, I'm not the only one. Hint. Hint.
I will aim you at the right punchlines. If you can't find the laughs, not my problem.
Rush Limbaugh pointed out yesterday that only now, only NOW, have the Republican insiders realized that Obama could actually lose this election. The MSM are just getting their first intimations that his reelection isn't assured. If you don't find this hilarious, you believe the MSM as much as the most devout lefties do and are just looking for reasons to curl up into a fetal position and surrender.
In recent Democratic primaries, The One is struggling to reach 60 percent of the vote against, uh, Nobody. In West Virginia, a prisoner in Texas got about 40 percent of the vote. In Arkansas, a lawyer who has raised $2000 in campaign contributions got about 40 percent of the vote. In Kentucky, "Uncommitted" got 40 percent of the vote. So the Washington Post did an article suggesting that the part of the Democratic base which voted against him is racist. Who does that help? Obama? Hardly. Don't come out to vote for our guy and you're a racist? That's supposed to encourage turnout? And don't forget that the 40 percent who voted against him could have stayed home. No. They got in their cars, drove to the polling place to vote in the Democratic primary, and they voted against Obama. AND it's not reported anywhere in the MSM as an incredibly significant danger signal for the president. It's the silence that's so absurd. A huge joke welling under the surface of a reality they dare not acknowledge.
I know I've criticized the Breitbart "Big" sites because they seem to consist of abbreviated posts of the sort Huffington is famous for. I wish they'd do more, but the one thing they're doing no one else on the right is doing is pointing up absurdity after absurdity after absurdity. They're demonstrating to us that the MSM has been reduced to a total joke, with virtually no exceptions. SNL comedian Jon Lovitz calls Obama a fucking liar and not only does he not recant, he doubles and triples down and claims his frightened friends agree with him, even as he starts getting new job offers... Breitbart discovers that the real source of the confusion surrounding Obama's birthplace may have originated with Obama himself, and then delights in the slam dunk of proving that MSM reporting of the story does not include any of the facts in the story they reported, only the trope that "Birthers Are at it Again." Breitbart editor John Nolte is obsessively reporting on the ratings of supposedly influential lefty television propaganda like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the whole CNN network, which are abysmally in the tank, losing to Pawn Stars and maybe Toddlers & Tiaras, and it's possible he has single-handedly driven NBC's "30 Rock" off the air by highlighting the discrepancy between miserable ratings and the MSM's adulatory coverage of its charming sophistication.
Meanwhile, Fox News and Hotair dutifully report on the latest polls showing Obama clinging to a lead over Romney. Why? Because they're trying to play it straight, fair and balanced don't you know, when the details (er, crosstabs) show that the polls are all skewed to overrepresent Democrats and underrepresent Republicans. Which the pretenders to MSM legitimacy can't bring themselves to denounce in headlines, only final, skeptical paragraphs.
It's funny. Because it's all happening at one huge hop-skip-and-a-jump away from reality, which nobody can say out loud because there's reality and there's MSM reality, two utterly different things that are as dangerous to mix together as nitro and glycerine. The resulting explosion would be falling-down, rolling-on-the-floor laughter.
And then there are the polls showing that people don't think Joe Biden is funny anymore, polls showing that North Carolina and Florida are slipping away from Obama whether on account of gay marriage or not, if it matters, polls showing coal states in revolt, and polls showing blue state Wisconsin is getting ready to defeat a recall of their Republican tea party governor.
Polls aside, there are also open defections among Democrats on the the anti-Bain, anti-capitalist message of the latest Obama "war," and even lefties like Campbell Brown are sick of the "War on Women" meme, while Chris Matthews bombs on Jeopardy and still can't stop himself from slighting Sarah Palin's intelligence. Meanwhile there is no federal budget for the fourth year in a row, and the White House claims ridiculously that it has reduced federal spending even as the national debt has doubled...
This is FARCE, people. And the president trots from celebrity fundraiser to celebrity fundraiser doing absolutely nothing to improve the economy while his wife -- twice reported to have threatened the beloved family man icon with divorce, most recently in 2010 -- continues to flee his company, currently with her own book tour about growing vegetables on the White House lawn, as if no one before her had ever thought of the blessings of agriculture in the United States of America.
When I spoke of humor, I thought you might be inspired to start tracking the ever-increasing jokes about a failed administration that really is doomed to defeat.
But you'd rather be glum about Romney. I'll give you one final joke to think about. If he's the utter flip-flopper you think he is, what will his positions be when he controls both houses of Congress? Can he sign legislation that passes to his Oval Office desk? I'm thinking yes.
And I'm also thinking that he's a Mormon. They're pretty sharp with a buck. Why so many of them have so many of them. That would be the funniest punchline of all.
When the laughter finally geysers through the ancient crust of the MSM, it will be all over. Even if SNL, Stewart, Colbert, and Letterman can't find anything risible about the worst president in U.S. history. You could be a part of that. If you aren't still licking your ideological wounds.