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One of the trademarks of modern liberalism is its lack of a sense of humor. Perpetually prudish, it is yet another sign of how the politics of earlier Democrats such as the witty John F. Kennedy and the ebullient Hubert H. Humphrey have been rejected for the stern, schoolmarmish Barack Obama and his legion of equally humorless followers.
Case in point this morning is showcased by the inimitably great James Taranto over at the Wall Street Journal.
Taranto, himself a man of considerable wit, highlights the plight of the terminally humorless liberal by illustrating the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf’s laughably clueless zing at Rush Limbaugh. The latter, who of course has a well-documented and considerably robust, not to say occasionally mischievous, sense of humor, suggested the other day that the way to get liberals to stop demanding gun control was require that guns be used to perform abortions. I confess to laughing out loud when I heard it — both for the clearly intended absurdity of the joke itself but even more because I was certain that somewhere in America some clueless liberal would not only not get the joke at liberalism’s expense but would be spluttering in righteous indignation.
Lo and behold, Mr. Taranto has scouted the turf and found just that liberal — our old jousting friend Mr. Friedersdorf. Read Taranto and weep — with laughter.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online