The pol­i­tics of fun

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Who’s fun­nier, on the whole, lib­er­als or con­ser­va­tives? [. . .]

“P.J. O’Rourke, the po­lit­i­cal satirist, nei­ther hesitates nor hedges. ‘Con­ser­va­tives gen­er­ally tend to be fun­nier in their private lives [. . .] be­cause of the hypocrisy fac­tor. I am of course a big fan of hypocrisy be­cause hyp­ocrites at least know the dif­fer­ence be­tween right and wrong — at any rate, know enough to lie about what they’re do­ing. Lib­er­als are not nearly as hyp­o­crit­i­cal as con­ser­va­tives be­cause they don’t know the dif­fer­ence be­tween right and wrong. But any­ways the per­sonal lives of con­ser­va­tives tend to be fun­nier: They’ve al­ways got the em­bar­rass­ing gay daugh­ter, and so on.’ ”

“In pub­lic pol­icy, Mr. O’Rourke claims, ‘lib­er­als are al­ways much more hi­lar­i­ous. Lib­er­als are al­ways propos­ing per­fectly in­sane ideas, laws that will make ev­ery­body happy, laws that will make ev­ery­thing right, make us live for­ever, and all be rich. Con­ser­va­tives are never that stupid.’ ”

Joseph Rago, writ­ing on “Jok­ers to the Right,” Jan. 6 in Opin­ion Jour­nalatwww.opin­ionjour­nal.com

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