Paul From Minneapolis

Monday, May 02, 2005

Frank Rich Unveiled

Frank Rich has written a column about “South Park conservatives.” Here’s a paragraph.

"Conservatives can't stop whining about Hollywood, but the embarrassing reality is that they want to be hip, too. It's not easy. In the showbiz wrangling sweepstakes of 2004, liberals had Leonardo DiCaprio, the Dixie Chicks and the Boss. The right had Bo Derek, Pat Boone and Jessica Simpson, who, upon meeting the secretary of the interior, Gale Norton, congratulated her for doing "a nice job decorating the White House." Ms. Simpson may be the last performer in America who can make Whoopi Goldberg seem like the soul of wit."

I want to highlight that last bit, about Jessica Simpson, which offers a quick peep-hole glimpse of why some of us are so fed up with the left, so put off.

Assuming Ms. Simpson meant it as a joke, which I believe Frank Rich is suggesting, well, how do I say this: It’s funny. It’s very funny. It fits the Jessica Simpson genre of humor quite well, and while it’s broad, and dumb, it’s simply funny. I don’t know another way to say it. It’s funny.

So when Frank Rich blandly asserts that it is not funny, he reveals one of the following: dishonesty, or no sense of humor. And aren’t those two of the most important problems with the left in these days of modern times?

Yet there is hope here, too. At least Frank Rich seems to understand that Whoopee Goldberg is not funny.