What’s Good for the Goose…


I know I shouldn’t be, but I am amazed by the storm of shocked outrage over Wanda Sykes’ comedy routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night, and in particular her comments about Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh:

Sykes, who provided the comic relief at the annual gathering of politicians and the reporters who cover them, had already skewered President Obama before turning her attention to Limbaugh.

She suggested Limbaugh’s much-repeated insistence that he hoped Obama would fail in office was equivalent to “treason” before adding:

“Maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight. . . . I hope his kidneys fail.”

“Too much?” Sykes asked, when the lines drew a mixture of laughter and boos.

That was the question debated throughout Washington on Sunday — whether Sykes had crossed an imaginary line with her attacks on Limbaugh, turning a fun night into a harder-edged partisan affair.

Democrats in attendance — and that was the majority of the crowd given the new administration — largely wrote off Sykes’s Limbaugh comment to the sort of good-natured ribbing that is part and parcel of the event.

Several Republicans the Fix spoke with, however, were far less sanguine about Sykes.

“Sykes was funny, toeing the line with her comedy the entire time until she brought up Rush,” said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP consultant who attended the dinner. “It’s one thing to say he is guilty of treason, another to say that he sounds like Osama Bin Laden, was the 20th hijacker on 9/11, and that you hope his kidneys fail. I thought it was over the line and marred her otherwise good performance.”

Another GOP strategist who spoke only on the condition of anonymity said that Sykes’s remarks about Limbaugh were “way beyond the pale” adding: “In essence she was saying, ‘He’s an anti-American terrorist and I hope he dies.’ It’s hard to see how that’s in good fun.”

Here is John Hinderaker, self-righteous and hypocritical as always:

Wanda Sykes, who apparently bills herself as a comedian, was the featured speaker at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night. She took the opportunity to lash out at Republicans, including Rush Limbaugh. Here she recycles liberal anti-Limbaugh talking points that, when combined with the hope that Limbaugh will die of kidney failure, she evidently considers to be “jokes.”
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I guess that’s Obama’s “new era of civility” in action. I don’t want to be too hard on Obama, but, knowing how mean-spirited many of his fellow liberals are, he should have been prepared for this sort of incident and avoided joining in the “fun” of wishing a political opponent dead.

As for Sykes: is there not a single comedian left in America who is funny? I don’t watch Comedy Central, Saturday Night Live, etc., so maybe there is all kinds of hilarity extant that I’m not seeing. But why does it seem that every time a so-called comedian winds up in the public eye, he or she is exhibiting hatred, not a sense of humor?

Ben Shapiro calls Wanda Sykes “a militant lesbian with a grating voice and an obnoxious strut,” and “the most gutless and feckless performer ever to grace the White House Correspondents Dinner.” Among other things, Shapiro professes to be appalled at Sykes’ joke about wanting “Sean Hannity to be waterboarded by Keith Olbermann.” Obviously, Shapiro is not at all disturbed that Hannity, a huge fan of waterboarding when done to detainees in U.S. custody, reneged on his promise to Charles Grodin to be waterboarded himself. (Keith Olbermann has pledged to give $1,000 to charity for every minute that Hannity lasts on the waterboard.)

I find it truly bizarre that far right Republican freaks who smile, wink, and nod approvingly (or at least sympathetically) when media pundits, sportscasters, political figures, and former government officials launch vicious ad hominem attacks on anyone who deviates by a hair from their narrow, hateful view of the world are now getting their dander up about Cheney, Limbaugh, and Hannity being skewered at an annual entertainment event where the whole point is that journalists for one night get to laugh while the politicians and public figures they have to write about seriously for the rest of the year are made the objects of comedic roasting and irreverent humor.

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