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July 31, 2012

Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz Note Comics Refuse To Make Jokes About Barack Obama

I listened to this yesterday. This clip misses some of Carvey's observations (and his impression of Barack Obama at the beginning), but it has a lot of it.

I've had this idea that Dana Carvey was fairly conservative for a while. It's no that he says conservative things; it's that when given an opportunity to say the easy, obvious liberal thing, he usually doesn't. I doubt he's any kind of solid conservative, and probably voted for Obama last time (as many people did), but I do get this vibe off him.

There are two things in this appearance that suggested further that he's conservative leaning. The first is that he makes reference to the idea (only briefly alluded to in the clip; earlier he was more detailed) that it is a standard method of shutting down conversation and discussion to label a statement as "hate speech" and, therefore, unworthy of any further consideration.

Conservatives don't own that idea, certainly, but it does seem like we're more keenly aware of it, as it's so often directed at us.

The other thing is that after this clip (again, not part of it), Lovitz states that he doesn't think that either Romney or Obama has actually explained how they'd fix the economy. This is one of those times where if Carvey were a liberal, I'd expect him to just agree, or tell Lovitz that Obama does indeed have a plan.

Instead he did the opposite, saying something like "well, actually, Romney says he wants to get the government out of the way and he thinks that will get business productive again."

It's not conclusive or anything. But I find it interesting that it was just so easy for him to sit there and just say "Yup, neither one of these guys has a plan." And yet maybe it wasn't easy for him.

The clip itself is about how comedians still won't make jokes about Obama, although both agree that there are "sensitivities" and "emotions" about it, and Carvey agrees it was hard to "find an angle" on Obama earlier. However, Carvey specifically goofed on comedians who are "still" making Sarah Palin jokes but apparently won't attempt to poke fun of the actual guy currently in power. "Question Authority," he notes, seems to be out the window.

I might be over-reading things here, because Carvey's main motivation seems to be balance, that is, not angering his fan base, keeping above it, keeping his eye on the fact that his job is "entertaining people" and not "preaching politics at them." That said, that's kind of a conservative stance too.

I'll see if I can dig up a longer clip of his appearance. Incidentally, this was yesterday, on the Dennis Miller show, Lovitz guest hosting, Carvey phoning in as a guest.

Link here, at Breitbart TV, if the embed below doesn't work.

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