Humor is funny … Bias is hateful not matter what form it is in. FYI: There needs to be a bit of truth in humor for it to be funny, not just attacking and mean.
If you cannot laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? In today’s all too serious political gotcha world … it is refreshing to see a candidate not take themselves so seriously and show a real humorous side. John McCain this weekend on SNL did just that. Making fun of himself and the very thing that Democrats have been attacking him on … his age.
Democrats and Barack Obama have made no secret that they will attack the age of 71 year old Republican John McCain during the 2008 Presidential Election. They have already begun to do so. Democratic operatives like Bob Mulholland have already made not so vale references to Ronald Reagan and the fact that he had beginning stages of Alzheimer’s during his second administration. The assumption is that then all old people have Alzheimer’s.
There are three individuals running for one position, the President of the United States. Hillary Clinton, the female candidate, Barack Obama, the black candidate and John McCain, the old wiley veteran candidate.
If you thought the above was funny, McCain’s Weekend Update was GREAT!!!
We are constantly told that sexism and racism is wrong when considering a candidate. So then why is ageism OK? It is still a form of prejudice. It is lumping a group of people together and saying that they cannot perform a task, not because of their individual talents, but a group bias. Imagine what would happen if Republicans said that Hillary could not be President because she is a woman or Obama because he is of a certain skin color rather than based on their policies and visions.
Instead its fair game for the media and Democrats to attack McCain on his age. Why? A bias is a bias no matter how you slice it, sex color or age. Why are some forms of bias considered OK, and others off limits? One might guess its because of what political party one is affiliated with. After all, Democrats do not seem to have a problem with 90 year old WV Senator Robert Byrd and 76 year old MA Senator Ted Kennedy, 71 year old WV Senator Jay Rockefeller or 68 year old Iowa Senator Tom Harkin