When an entire major party has excused itself from meaningful debate and a thoughtful U.S. senator like Orrin Hatch no longer finds it important to make sense and an up-and-comer like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacks the president for giving a speech telling schoolchildren to work hard in school and get good grades, one starts to wonder if the country wouldn't be better off without them and if Republicans should be cut out of the health-care system entirely and simply provided with aspirin and hand sanitizer. Thirty-two percent of the population identifies with the GOP, and if we cut off health care to them, we could probably pay off the deficit in short order.Yes, Keillor supposedly is a humorist, although the 1993 "Marge on the Lam" Simpsons episode nailed it:
The Simpsons watch a telethon.As Don Surber quips, "Thank you, Mr. Republicans Should Die, for raising the public debate to the level of a dung beetle." Meanwhile, Instapundit jokingly observes, "I’m sure we’ll hear lots of condemnation of Keillor’s "eliminationist rhetoric" from David Neiwert, et al." Because, as we all know, it's not "hate speech" when leftists say it.
Man: [quietly] Well, sir, it has been an uneventful week in Badger Falls...where the women are robust, the men are pink-cheeked, and the children are pink-cheeked and robust. [Audience laughs loudly]
Homer: What the hell's so funny?
Man: At the Apple Biscuit cafe, where the smiles are free, don't you know, Sven Inqvist studied the menu, and finally he ordered the same thing he has every day. [Audience laughs and applauds]
Bart: Maybe it's the TV.
Homer: Stupid TV. [Hits it] Be more funny!
Long ago, the paranoid style became the province of the left. And as for "humor," only right-baiting is "funny."
(via Berman Post)