I’ll admit to being a South Park con. I mean, I laugh at the show, I like
gross humor, I believe PC is such a horrible and oppressive thing that no
amount of scorn, mockery, or insult directed at it can ever be enough.
HOWEVER, I am not happy about the First Lady cracking off-color jokes. It’s
a matter of compartmentalization. I like a dirty joke, and deliver a good
unforced belly laugh when I hear one… in the right surroundings. Which
probably means, at a bar, with a few old guy friends I’m comfortable with.
If my minister were to crack that same joke from the pulpit, I’d get myself
An important part of getting the hang of life is being able to move from one
little “world” (colleagues, family, friends, neighbors, club,…) to
another, adjusting one’s behavior accordingly. It’s a kind of hypocrisy;
but then, as every conservative surely knows, a measured and understood
hypocrisy helps hold society together. The larger social version of this is
that we expect a proper demeanor from public persons, and think poorly of
their judgment if they stray from conventional paths. That’s one reason we
were so scandalized by Bill Clinton’s behavior. “It’s private!” whined the
Left. Not when he’s in the Oval Office, it isn’t.
So I think a bit less of Laura Bush now than I did this time last week. I
doubt that’ll lose her much sleep. Anyway, it’s nothing personal — she is
plainly an awfully nice person. I just don’t think so highly of her