When a Howard Dean rally got out of hand, Dean quickly stepped up to say that he didn't approve of everything that had gone on there. He didn't say which parts he didn't approve of, but I assume he thought it obvious. Vulgar, lewd comments about President Bush were part of it. As angry as Dean became known for being, he didn't stoop to endorsing Saturday Night Live humor about the President of the United States. (Well, I suppose I can only be sure that Dean had the decency to realize he needed to pretend he had this kind of moral high ground. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, though, and assume he was sincere.) I don't mean SNL political humor, just to be clear. President Bush actually thought Will Ferrell's caricature of him was really funny, probably because he knew it fit with exactly the picture the rest of the media were painting of him and didn't mind anyone underestimating him. I'm talking about everything else SNL does nowadays. Any mention of anything sexual is supposed to be funny, and if they repeat it often enough the whole audience laughs. If they repeat the skit often enough, the viewers at home will even think it's funny. Apply that kind of method to someone's desire to lower the President of the United States to the lowest position possible. That's what Dean condemned at his own fundraiser. It's also what Whoopi Goldberg did this week at a Kerry/Edwards rally. What was their response? They thought it was a wonderful rally that expressed the values of America, because Kerry and Edwards (of course) express the values of America. I think they're right. These are the values of Americans all over, at least those in junior high.
I never expected to say that Howard Dean has the moral high ground over John Kerry and John Edwards, but here it is. The Hollywood rally for them was at least as bad as Dean's. Whoopi Goldberg's comments were just like those at the Dean rally and would have been condemned by him. Instead, these guys endorse it. If voters go for these guys, they deserve what they get.
I can't endorse the new label for this team -- the ambiguously gay duo (as far as I know, inspired by but not originating with, Drudge). They have been really touchy-feely, and they may be the most gay-friendly ticket ever. The SNL humor they've endorsed makes me really want to assign them an SNL name, and I do think it's funny. It's just not right. That would be stooping to their level (or at least to the level they've officially expressed their support for).
Thanks to King of Fools for the link.