Friday, June 12, 2009

Dealing with Dave

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin should declare victory and stop the game. In the battle with David Letterman, she's had her say. She's ahead. If she ends the game now, she wins.

What former late-night comedian David Letterman -- he used to be a comedian; now he just plays one on TV -- said about her and her daughter (whichever one he thought he was talking about) was in bad taste. Everybody knows it.

Heck, even the National Organization of Women has criticized Letterman for what he said. The NOW doesn't normally take sides with conservatives. And, true, they haven't so much agreed with Governor Palin as they have come down against Dave.

I expect that Governor Palin will drop it now. If Letterman keeps it up, he looks worse and worse.

But what about the little people? You know? Me? You? That guy watching you from behind the bushes over there? What do we do?

There have been many suggestions. One I've heard a lot is ... Boycott Dave!

That's just silly. Me threatening to stop watching Letterman would be like me threatening to stop beating my head in with a brick; I can't stop doing what I don't do. And I suspect that's true for many other conservatives.

Letterman was funny a long time ago. But, he's not now. Well, not funny enough to stay up and watch. Not even funny enough to schedule on the TiVo. Red Eye is. Letterman isn't.

Another thing people are suggesting is to petition CBS to fire Letterman.

To quote Hank Hill: "That's just asinine!"

We are conservatives. We're the grown-ups. We don't do like the left does and demand that some so-called entertainer be fired. Don Imus has said a lot worse than "nappy-headed 'ho's," but it was the left that demanded he be ... and got him ... fired over that little comment.

So, what do we do?

It's simple.

To deal with an attention-whore, you ignore them.

So, ignore Letterman. Quit criticizing him.

He's now a joke. And not in a good way. He's a parody of what he used to be. He's now a punch line.

So, if you mention him at all, there are a couple of ways to do it.

One is to refer to him in the past tense. Like, maybe: "Ah, Letterman. I remember him. He was funny a long time ago. Whatever happened to him?"

Another thing to do would be when someone cracks an unfunny (or even offensive) joke, say something like "Wow, you could write for Letterman" or "You're a real David Letterman, there, you know."

But don't go out of your way. If possible, don't mention him. Don't talk about him. Don't tweet about him. And, for goodness sakes, don't blog about him. That would be a complete waste of space.

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