Monday, February 26, 2007

Dese, Daz, Dems & Jews

"President Bush still doesn't get it: that saying 'the Democrat Party' is like saying 'the Jew people.'"
--Michael Feldman, host of NPR's Whad 'Ya Know. To sample an earlier Feldman zinger, go here.


At 10:50 AM, Blogger palinurus said...

Sorry. I still don't get what the outrage is about. "The Jew People" has clear anti-semitic overtones. "The Democrat Party" seems to be an accurate description of a political party that is trying to arrogate to itself the notion that they are "democratic" -- of the people, I suppose, the implication is. They, of course, are not any more so than are Republicans, but Democrat Party does describe what it is: a political party full of people who call themselves Democrats.

As far as Feldman is concerned, he is pretty banal, and only amusing in certain self congratulatory liberal circles, as opposed to say, Letterman, whose quote is funny, regardless of political perspective. Feldman's quote only indicates that Democrats are offended by it, but he doesn't really say why, and it isn't obvious, unless you think Democrats are some sort of discriminated against group. Although I guess he is trying to smear Bush as a bigot of some sort, which is silly. Don't get his joke; doubt that it is funny.

Anyway, thanks for the chance to post. I enjoyed stopping by. Good luck.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks for reading and commenting, all the way from Youngstown. Obviously, humor is just about the most subjective thing of all. What's funny to one person is often incomprehensible to someone else.

I should note, however, that while I found that line about foi gras back in December to be funny, I don't think Feldman was trying for yucks with his more recent comment about Bush and his insistence on calling the Dems by a different name than they go by (this really shouldn't be too difficult a concept: if your name is Bob and I insist on calling you Ralph, I'm either an idiot or a fool or perhaps both). Like a lot of Americans, his anger and outrage come to the surface whenever the subject of George Bush arises. For most of us, it's not a funny subject anymore. We need to get this arrogant, dangerous buffoon out of office before he causes any greater harm to the world than he already has.

At 6:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

palinanus, what the hell is a self congratulatory liberal circle? is that anything like a mushroom cloud? and that political party that is trying to arrogate to itself the notion that they are "democratic"--is that kind of like bush arrogating himself the right to launch unprovoked wars just cause he feels like it? anyway, i like craig ferguson and jon stewart...

At 6:06 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Hey, thanks for piping up, first-time commenter. Better you make those observations (with which I happen to agree) than me. After all, my readers are probably tired of hearing me repeat myself about this subject by now.


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