Senators' Night Out
November 4, 2004 5:42 AM   Subscribe

"Don't ask me about my business, Kate."
posted by jaronson at 5:50 AM on November 4, 2004

Reading through posts in another thread this morning, it occurred to me: What infuriates the haters on the right wing so much is not that people on the "left" have been mocking them -- it's that they've been doing it well. This is a perfect example fo the kind of stuff that liberal satirists typically do so much better than conservative satirists. (And no, it's not a contradiction -- it's just that it's rare to see it done well, anymore.)

TRANSLATION: Funny as hell. It would probably be even funnier if I had any sense at all for what Pete Coors is like.
posted by lodurr at 6:30 AM on November 4, 2004

Right wing haters, left wing haters, there are a lot of people in the middle that don't like either.

The right gets the ignorant vote
The left gets the arrogant vote

Still not sure which one I dislike more....
posted by a3matrix at 6:33 AM on November 4, 2004

Is it arrogant -- or is he just funnier than you?
posted by lodurr at 6:38 AM on November 4, 2004

ha, lodurr!

What Reagan taught us is that capitalism knows no morality. When it comes to business, anything goes. That's the beauty of Reaganism: it's so simple and unencumbered by ethical dilemmas. Go us! Fuck them!
posted by jpoulos at 6:44 AM on November 4, 2004

This would have been better posted before Coors lost. Posting it now just seems mean-spirited.
posted by smackfu at 6:46 AM on November 4, 2004

Another thing that has always irked me about the Coors' ad campaign is "Those Twins!". The implication, of course, is that the guy would like to have sex with both of them--presumably at the same time. Isn't incest something that tends to be frowned upon in conservative circles (note, I'm not talking about Bush-esque, blue-blood inbreeding--that's different).
posted by jpoulos at 6:50 AM on November 4, 2004

? Might you tell the children that sometimes life is just about drinking beer and having anonymous sex without any strings attached?

This satirical bit is timely-- Coors is still a Republican and his beer ads are still running.

I feel like this (unholy) alliance between the Christian Right and The Conservative, pro-business Right huddling together under the republican umbrella is an explosion waiting to happen. You have the abstinence-only-before-marriage crowd who faint at the sight of Janet Jackson's nipple vs. the drunken frat boy crowd.

Actually, come to think of it, Bush is the perfect leader for them. A drunken frat boy who is born again.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:26 AM on November 4, 2004

In half seriousness, this piece really does a great job of baring the intertwingledness of Moralism and Hedonism. One can't really thrive without the other to play off against, and the great insight of characters like Murdoch is that they can make money by targeting the dualing Moralist and Hedonis in the individual members of their own audience. It's certainly not a new insight; preachers and con men have been exploiting it as long as there have been preachers and con men.
posted by lodurr at 7:46 AM on November 4, 2004

Arrogance, n. - Anything you disagree with but can't discredit in any other way.
posted by rushmc at 9:03 AM on November 4, 2004

So, it would be okay to have "The Twins" in his commercials if Pete Coors was a Democrat?
posted by tommasz at 10:22 AM on November 4, 2004

Nope. It'd be less hypocritical though.
posted by yerfatma at 10:35 AM on November 4, 2004

If two twins want to make out, who am I to judge them?
posted by smackfu at 11:17 AM on November 4, 2004

What Secret Life of Gravy said. Red America, land of "moral values," is as beer-sodden, materialistic (SUV's), Britneyized (tanning salons) as anywhere in the country.

"Moral values" comes to this:
  1. (in the words of a church bulletin insert I was reading earlier today) Homosexuals are pedophiles who want to redefine the American notion of family to equal group sex.
  2. (in the words of the well-disseminated Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics) You may not remember the part of the Sermon on the Mount that brought up The Gays, but making sure they don't enter into a legal relationship is "non-negotiable" for Christians in a way that feeding the hungry and coming to the aid of the widow just ain't.
Meanwhile, actually try to confront public or private life with some of those weighty ethical demands (feed the hungry, etc.), and you're some kind of preachy UN-pinko crank, out of touch with "our values."

Frankly, I don't believe there is a coherent set of "moral values," and most certainly not a Christian one, that would not be betrayed by a vote for Bush.

OK, thanks guys, I got my post-election rant out.
posted by Zurishaddai at 11:33 AM on November 4, 2004

want to redefine the American notion of family to equal group sex.

Apparently I am homosexual. Weird.
posted by yerfatma at 1:07 PM on November 4, 2004

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