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    Ladies and gentlemen, Sarah Palin!!

    Ladies and gentlemen, Sarah Palin!!

    Watching Sarah Palin’s canny performance at CPAC the other day—and particularly the moment she held up that Big Gulp in a Statue of Liberty pose after a provocative double entendre about her “rack”—two words came to mind:

    Lenny Bruce.

    In a lot of ways, the philosophical parallels are striking.

    Like Palin, Bruce enjoyed sticking his finger in the eye of what we called the Establishment, then waiting for the yowls from the stuck. These days, the people who once claimed to be anti-Establishment are its gatekeepers, so the vitriol directed at Palin for being a 1950s ignoramus comes from reactionaries who trip over their own hypocrisy—which is an irony that wouldn’t have been lost on Bruce.

    Lenny Bruce loved liberty, abhorred arbitrarily imposed rules and regulations, and wanted just to be left alone to make anyone laugh who chose freely to hear him.  He wasn’t to everyone’s taste, true—no doubt he isn’t to Sarah Palin’s—but that was the whole point.

    Seriously, which of the following Bruce quotes wouldn’t roll trippingly (adjusting for certain modesty constraints) off of Sarah Palin’s tongue?

    • In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls.

    • The liberals can understand everything but people who don’t understand them.

    • Communism is like one big phone company.”

    • The ‘what should be’ never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no ‘what should be,’ there is only what is.

    • If you can’t say ‘F***’ you can’t say, ‘F*** the government.

    • Liberals will buy anything a bigot writes. In fact, they really support hate mongers. George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party, is probably a very knowledgeable businessman with no political convictions whatsoever. He gets three bucks a head and works the mass rallies consisting of nothing but angry Jews, shaking their fists and wondering why there are so many Jews there.

    There is, though, one huge difference between Sarah Palin and Lenny Bruce: Unlike Bruce, the former governor isn’t going to self destruct.  She’ll survive and prosper, if only to keep driving her critics insane.


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    section9 | March 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Something else I wanted to point out about Bruce and modern comics.

    Lenny would never, ever, have written jokes for Kennedy or Johnson. Let’s be clear: Bruce was a man of the Left, but he was also very libertarian when it came to free speech and free enterprise. He hated the fact that the U.S. of his day was very corporatist and conformist (the late fifties, early sixties).

    Fast forward to our time: Establishment Comics like Bill Maher, John Stewart, and Colbert cover for and cooperate with the Administration. Stewart’s writers even wrote jokes for the Obama’s appearances as the Radio Television Correspondent’s Dinner.

    Lenny Bruce never would have done this.

    wendybar | March 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I LOVE HER!!! No one gets under their skin more than Sarah Palin. She doesn’t need to run for office, as she can do more not running. She knows how to pick good, constitutional candidates (Ted Cruz) and she can bring together a crowd!! God Bless her and her family. The idiots that don’t like her CAN’T bring her down, because she’ll get right back up and start swinging.

    IAFarmBoy | March 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

    New Millennium update

    Communism is like “Too big to fail”

    bellagrazi | March 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Sarah Palin is truly awesome!!!

    Juba Doobai! | March 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I just love Sarah! I can imagine her saying any of the Lenny Bruce statements, totally unvarnished.

    That double entendre “he’s got the shotgun; I’ve got the rack” was totally hilarious. Sarah can get away with saying this kind of stuff cuz she comes over as a totally real woman who appreciates all the goodness and badness God has given her.

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