August 10, 2008


The Dennis Miller interview (JEFFREY RESSNER, 8/10/08, Politico)

A lot of popular comedians seem to be conservative: Drew Carey, Adam Sandler. And SNL creator Lorne Michaels has contributed to the McCain campaign. Why do you think many comics tilt this way, while liberals seem to dominate the film and TV business?


How would you describe support for John McCain in Hollywood?

It’s broader than you think. Listen, John McCain, by putting his name at the other end of a hyphen from Russ Feingold, has at least tried to reach across the aisle. Barack Obama is located nowhere near the end of the aisle — he’s way far out on the left. He makes Bernie Sanders look like Curtis LeMay. So I think this time around, at least, it’s much more easier to come out as a conservative or a moderate or at least pragmatic because otherwise the guy you’d have to vote for has the most liberal voting record in the Senate. And some people aren’t for that right now. He’s a 47-year-old nice enough guy who is reflexively liberal and wants to get Chatty Cathy with bad guys.

In just the past few minutes you’ve referenced obscure figures ranging from a '60s-era general to a vintage talking doll. Given your audience on conservative talk radio, are you too hip for the room?


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2008 11:53 AM

Yes, obscure, Obama and his followers have never heard of them in the tragic history of the 57 (58?) states of America.

Posted by: ic at August 10, 2008 1:25 PM

The more I read about the "Friends of Abe" and how conservatives are starting to climb out of the woodwork in Hollywood, the more I believe that the liberals' reach has begun exceeding their grasp. In the next few years we might even see WA state moderates begin to move back to the right as they realizes just who (and what) they've been voting for.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 10, 2008 2:30 PM

I'd consider Curtis LeMay pretty obscure for anyone under 40. Most people don't get that much grounding in history. It's a rare youngster who can tell you the years when WWII happened and the names of more than a few generals.

Posted by: PapayaSF at August 10, 2008 7:19 PM

Papya SF - you got it. Sen. Obama's young followers (unlikely voters) won't know of Curtis LeMay; Sen. McCain's older voters (likely voters) will.

Posted by: Mikey at August 11, 2008 7:41 AM
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