July 9th, 2005

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Vanity Fair: No Jokes, Please, We're Liberal

Written by a self-admitted lib, this surprisingly-adroit editorial answers the eternal question: Why aren't liberals funny?

Conservatives talk about being conservative all of the time. Conservatives are obsessed with their own identity—and eccentricities. It's like talking about being Jewish—or like the way Jews once talked about being Jewish. It's not just defining. It's … funny.

Liberals never talk about being liberals—about the oddness that might make them unique and interesting. Mindful of their constant bad press, liberals—self-conscious press hounds one and all—don't like to admit to being liberals (and as for the people who do admit to being liberals,you understand why others wouldn't want to admit to being that).

It's a pretty severe humor limitation when you can't be funny about yourself.

Speaking of reading, I've added Bernie Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America to my Amazon wish list.

UPDATE: Ooh, it's on half.com for $13!
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