By now it should be evident that those who portray themselves, or allow themselves to be portrayed as courageous for pointing at pointy-heads in the government or media are actually those who are most worthy of ridicule.
I have taken a moratorium from political blogging here because I find nothing that deserves attention. Fortunately or not, others are still banging out the posts if that's what you desire. Joe Gandelman, always on it seems, has a long post on Steve Colbert's performance at the Correspondent Dinner last night. I always read Joe, and find him both insightful and an interesting read. But here, I can't agree.
In the comments, one will find praise for Colbert for speaking truth to power, or whatever cliche one wished to use. However, Colbert (who I find very, very funny) said a few funny things, but seems to have forgotten that it's a failing prospect to attempt to direct satire at those who are beyond it.
Similarly, it has become tiresome to hear talk of courage in this case, as if Colbert is in some fear for his life, but chose to stand against the fascist state and mock the president and media. Rubbish. The easiest place in the world to be snarky is Washington D.C. The Capitol virtually runs on snark. I pointed out that courage would be exemplified by an Iraqi mocking Saddam (when still in office) where speaking against the government carried very real danger.
The other point that begs to be made is that the shrieking about police states, etc. demonstrates just how humorless much of Colbert's audience is. There is less comedy being made than the fiction that Colbert and Jon Stewart "speak" for some voiceless mass. In the age of the ubiquitous opinion, screaming at the top of one's lungs that one's speech is being stolen is absurd and in itself, the best form of satire practiced today.