Someone call the time here, because you're about to hear something that may never again be repeated in polite society: Jay Leno inspired me to write something.
I know, I know. Leno is the guy who bamboozled Conan in 2010 and boxed Letterman out of the late-night lane back in 1992. He's the guy with zero street cred and a seemingly ever-expanding list of detractors in the comedy world.
But he's also the guy who consistently wins in the ratings and has proven a willingness to welcome guests from all across the political spectrum to his show.
The inspiration for this post I penned over at Acculturated was a recent interview Leno gave in which he made the claim that Republicans are more ready, willing and able to laugh at themselves.
Who are we kidding here? Of course Republicans can laugh at themselves more, if for no other reason than that they get infinitely more practice learning how to embrace their role as the punch-line to every late night talk show’s monologue joke since Bill Clinton. Almost every major comedian is liberal. Every TV and movie studio that produces comedies is liberal. Most of the press covering what makes people laugh in America is liberal. We’re talking a straight numbers game here, folks.
But that doesn’t fully explain why Republicans decide to laugh along and be good sports on the whole. Or why Democrats, who have just as many silly politicians and political scandals as do representatives of the Right, decide to calibrate their personal emotional settings to “sour-puss” when “their guy” or “their side” takes a few jabs to the proverbial chin.
Read the full piece here. I'd love to get some feedback on Mr. Leno's assertion and my analysis from Ricochet nation.