Blogger extraordinaire James Wolcott (a Hillary Clinton supporter) has spanked Penn Jillette for a certain “slimy” putdown of Hillary that he added to his stage act.
Wolcott administers a few extra licks for Penn’s chin-stroking analysis of the enthusiastic audience reaction to his “misogynist” punch line... an analysis offered on Penn’s video blog.
(You can watch it and make your own opinion; the vlog entry is embedded below.)
Me, I’m no more opposed, theoretically, to Hillary Clinton being called a “bitch” than I am to George W. Bush being called “retarded” (Bill Maher, you rapscallion you!). After all, Emily Litella drained much of the venom from the B-word 30 years ago.
BUT... the joke had better be funny. And Penn Jillette’s joke is not funny. It ain’t even next-door to funny.
I tried to think of a better punch line, but I couldn’t. The whole set-up is off. Maybe one of my sharp-witted readers can rescue it?
(Oh, and you will have to take assertive action to stop this video after the “bitch” clip is done. Or else the damn thing will proceed to Penn blathering about some other horseshit. So just hit that STOP button.)
UPDATE (02/17/08): I just got back from a lovely brunch with some quote-unquote “Hollywood liberals.” And one of ’em snapped off a deliciously politically incorrect Hillary joke. To wit:
“Obama is mixed-race, and Hillary is mixed-gender.”
Dude’s wife booed him for that. But you gotta admit... that’s funny.