My weekend column is on the various ructions surrounding middle-aged co-ed Sandra Fluke, as seen from my distant vantage in Oz. Not for the first time, the Democrats may have overreached in their Miss Manners routine. The president made a great show of telephoning poor Sandra, as the father of young girls himself (technically, Sasha and Malia are young enough to be Miss Fluke’s daughters, but, given her lethargic progress through the education system, it’s not inconceivable they could end up sitting alongside her in class in a few years). Now it turns out that not only is Bill (“Sarah Palin is a c***”) Maher headlining a Dem fundraiser but that President Civility himself was due to attend the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner and enjoy the late-night comedy stylings of Louis C.K. Says RTCA chair and CNN honcho Jay McMichael of Mr C.K.:
It gives the dinner a bit of an edge, shakes it up a little, which is what we wanted to do. One of our goals was to make it not so stuffy an evening, as opposed to the more traditional, D.C. black-tie events.
How’s about this surefire thigh slapper?
Louis C.K. says of Palin: “her f*** retard making c***” and “the baby that just came out of her f**** disgusting c***.”
That’s some edge. If you think it’s even edgier without the asterisks, you can see his raw tweets here.
Louis C.K. has now been mysteriously disinvited from the dinner. Those who live by the asterisk die by the asterisk.
(PS A decade ago in Britain, after a week of asterisk-studded outbursts from Russell Crowe, Mike Tyson, and others, I invented the Riskies, an awards gala for the most asterisked soundbites of the year. It may be time to revive it for the Democrats’ loose-lipped civility cops.)