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May 05, 2005

Liberals attacking Laura?

Mark Kleiman writes:

I have to agree with Eugene Volokh; I'm not sure I see why my liberal friends are making such a fuss about Laura Bush's stand-up comedy routine.

Which liberal friends? The liberals I know have been laughing at the sputtering conservative commentariat. The only thing they hate more than sex is seeing a woman upstage her husband.

Heck, if it pisses off W., it's all good:

"A couple of funny lines one evening and she gets carried away," Bush shot back. "Laura Leno Bush!' he exclaimed, likening her to late-night comedian Jay Leno of the "Tonight" show.

It's interesting to speculate about the strategic rationale for giving Laura that particular script.

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Comments

Perhaps she really wanted to be funny? And while truth hurts, it's the best source of comedy.

As for why they let her do the bit, now that's beyond my reasoning. Or perhaps, somebody goofed.

my theory is that she could see the anti-stupid pills wear off, so she decided to take over instead

The Daily Show version of the joke was hysterical.

I know funny, and Animal Masturbation Jokes--especially equine ones--are funny. Always have been. Always will be.

My thought is that she was just being funny and maybe, shockingly, herself. Which makes me think 1) she's funny and 2) it's sad if that's really her personality and she's kept it under wraps for so long because the implications of the decision to do that are just depressing.

Someone also asked about strategy. I think the strategy is pretty much, W is done getting elected, what the hell do they care?

I'm sure Laura was being herself, but her remarks were scripted. Someone wrote those jokes and coached her. There's nothing insidious about that. She's the First Lady. She has speechwriters for all occasions. She doesn't do anything in public without her handlers' approval, and all of them answer ultimately to Rove.

Someone also asked about strategy. I think the strategy is pretty much, W is done getting elected, what the hell do they care?

Laura vs. Hilary in 2008?

I'm guessing that since his apparatchiki think that what appears in the paper is reality, they really believe there's a rising tide of South Park Republicans out there.

Of course, most of America will never hear about the whole mess, and of those who do, most of them will fancy themselves as South Park Republicans, so it may just be a wash.

Oh, of course the remarks were scripted. I actually thought they could have been written much better. And I also recognize that Rove handles all...pun fully intended.

Thanks for loading me up with the image of Laura running....though at least, as she pointed out, she can pronounce "nuclear."

can you imagine how painful it must be to be married to GWB? not only is he the president, he seems to be the anti-librarian type of person.

of course im sure that its less painful than killing a dude, but bygones are bygones right?

ah crap is that a secret service van out there?

Definitely scripted. Definitely rehearsed. Definitely had a simple political purpose. There's been so much negativity directed at dominionism and theocracy/theonomy (even from that middle right and libertarian crowd that supports Bush), that this was a little reach around to them. Ease their minds. Lighten up a little. We're not really bringing back the inquisition.

What the hell is Kleiman's problem...has he been drinking Kevin Drum's kool-aid?

Writing about hypocrisy and finding a rich vein for satire is not being "upset", it is known as "MATERIAL"...the fuss is that it is a particular rich and easy vein to mine.

Jeebus.

Rove loves thoughts of Bush jerking off a horse. He probably chuckled to himself as he and Bush played with the joke while alone together after the Saudi "I am top" buddy left....

As GWB's popularity sags... they trot out cute Laura. Its the warm and fuzzy thing designed to appeal to the women voters. The "ah such a nice couple" factor.

My mother, who despises Bush, thought she was cute. I thought she was cute. But I still despise Bush and all of his facist policies.

Give 102 Billion in tax cuts to those making over $300K, while cutting Medicaid by $10 Billion... it will kill people. Hospitals will roll up their ER services just to get rid of the debt.

Lie to the nation and take us to war for oil so all of his petrobuddies and war profiteer pals can get rich and bankrupt the united states... yah!

Yes he is a monster... with a cute wife. I don't have a problem with Laura. She's not the president... she's a little librarian from Texas.

Laura was a small-time pot dealer in college, which makes her the only successful businessperson in her marriage. George just spent his dad's money on coke.

I think Bush should take Laura on his SS Spread the BS Tour. She's much funnier than Trent Lott.

M.A.R.K. and me sure have different friends...

Is it just me, or are everyones posts misidentified?
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mudkitty

1) Of course it was scripted. It was written by Landon Parvin. Google is your pal, and helps you focus on more interesting questions.

2) Kleiman isn't really far off the mark. Neither is Volokh. A lot of people are screaming and frothing about double standards ("If Teresa Heinz did it, they'd be screaming"), and that's true. It is also true that there is a difference between a dinner and a theme park.

3) Speculation: Not only doesn't it piss Bush off, this is a carefully crafted operation to get the press talking about something other than the, um, abortive SS measure and the plummeting faith in the Iraq crusade. Look for a big new something in June or July. My bets: Iran, or Florida coastal drilling.

just say "Naaay!" to stallion milking jokes!

I didn't think it was funny -- she always seems like a cyborg, and she delivered the lines like a cyborg. Bafflingly, I seem to be the only liberal who didn't laugh.

I didn't think it was funny -- she always seems like a cyborg, and she delivered the lines like a cyborg. Bafflingly, I seem to be the only liberal who didn't laugh.

I didn't think it was funny -- she always seems like a cyborg, and she delivered the lines like a cyborg. Bafflingly, I seem to be the only liberal who didn't laugh.

(Mudkitty, I'm not sure why your comments aren't posting properly. How do you want your comments to be identified?)

Of course it was scripted. It was written by Landon Parvin.

Ah, of course. Used to write gags for Reagan. In fact, the horse joke sounds like a Reagan-era leftover.

Entophilia:

1) The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is televised nationwide.

2) Laura Bush's comments were mentioned, repeatedly and FAVORABLY, by both the So-Called "Liberal" Media AND conservatives such as John Tierney. So it's not as if someone snuck a microphone into Laura's bathroom and caught her singing in the shower.

3) Whoopi Goldberg got crucified last year by the SCLM and the conservatives for a Bush joke that was a) far milder, and b) told at a private (in other words, without TV cameras present) function for John Kerry.

4) The same conservatives that couldn't wait to bash Whoopi (or to go after Teresa Kerry) now think that a First Lady who tells horse-masturbation and impotent-husband jokes is just peachy!

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