Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Journey to the Dark Side is Complete

Irrelevant comedian Dennis Miller will join Fox News Channel in September, becoming a commentator on Hannity and Pencil-Necked, Non-Threatening Liberal Stereotype (Colmes).

Ya know Dennis, this is a perfect gig for you babe; jokes that involve Rube Goldbergian references are gonna go over about as well with the NASCAR crowd as, well, jokes that involve the actual words Rube Goldbergian.

In the words of every press-release attack issued from the Department of Agitprop over at Fox, "We wish you well."


jeru said...

It's amazing how much less funny, interesting, or relevant Miller has become during the last 10 years. His transformation into a Republican bootlicker is just plain sad. I don't think he touts being a Libertairian anymore, but if he did this seals the deal.

Not a huge surprise though...he's said before he's fine whoring himself out. In his old routine he said he wouldn't ski or do anything dangerous that would injure him and could put him out of work for a while because he was concerned about making money to provide for his family. Nice sentiment, but doing 10-10-I'm-A-Sellout is exactly the kind of stuff he'd rail against. Bill Hicks would have have chewed Miller up and spit him out if he were here.

RIP Dennis Miller and thanks for the memories. I listen to The Off-White Album and think back to a time when you were funny and had something worth listening to.

Chez said...

I too still have a well-worn cassette of the Off-White Album.

I have no issue with anyone changing his or her politics or mind as life evolves -- in fact, one of the arguments from the right that's always pissed me off to no end is the idea that George Bush's "steadfastness" is a positive quality. No you dipshits; if you don't adjust your thinking in the wake of new information or revelations, it doesn't make you strong -- it makes you stubborn and fucking stupid.

If 9/11, or the Republican Revolution, or whatever, made Miller decide that this is the direction he wants to go in, there's certainly nothing inherently wrong with that.

Thankfully though, one of my rights as an American is to be able to disagree with his decision, mock him for it, then not bother listening or watching him anymore.

lorca said...

"You want this, don't you? The hate is swelling in you now. Take your weapon. Use it. I am unarmed. Strike me down with it. Give in to your anger. With each passing moment you make yourself more my servant." -- even thought it is from SW:Jedi, I suspect Emperor Rupert may have said something similar to Dennis Skywalker.

Miller et. all (Coulter, Limbaugh, O'Reilly) are absolutly free to choose their political opinions...and be wrong for it.

I too remember the "old" Miller and would rather that than the current issue, but he is free to leave the comedy realm and go full bore as a politico. It worked wonders for Madonna when she started acting instead of being a singer!

the idea that if you're if you're under 30 and not anti-establishment then you're a slave, but if you're over 30 and haven't embraced the system then you're a sucker probably applies best to his change of heart, but it's also pretty convenient how he's become pro-conservative more and more over the last 6 or 7 years. Sounds a little like changing teams when you see who's winning and who's not.

Chez said...

There's a very practical quote that's been attributed to Winston Churchill: "If you're a conservative at 20, you have no heart; if you're a liberal at 40, you have no brain."

I'm actually finding however that as I get older, I'm becoming more bitterly idealistic.

Guess Churchill was right.

Robo said...

I think it's more playing to your audience. Miller has never really appealed to the younger crowd and now's he's what 50-something? 60-something? He's just playing to the people who actually watch Fox News like and are of the Republican ilk. Even my diehard Consertative friends in their 20's (Yeah I know I know) don't even watch Fox News....

Eric Blade said...

One word, FOX News:


What qualifies a comedian to work on a supposedly NEWS oriented crew?

I can't fault Dennis Miller at all, even if I haven't found him at all amusing since shortly before he left Saturday Night Live. But, I can fault them for having Dennis Miller and Dan Quayle and Geraldo Rivera on their staff.


Peter L. Winkler said...

What's the origin of the quote about socialism?

I found this :

"A definitive answer arose in the wonderful book
'Nice Guys Finish Seventh: False Phrases, Spurious Sayings,
and Familiar Misquotations' by Ralph Keyes, 1992. He writes:

"An orphan quote [unattributed quote in search of a home] sometimes
attributed to Georges Clemenceau is:
Any man who is not a socialist at age 20 has no heart.
Any man who is still a socialist at age 40 has no head.
The most likely reason is that Bennet Cerf once reported Clemenceau's
response to a visitor's alarm about his son being a communist:
If he had not become a Communist at 22, I would have disowned him.
If he is still a Communist at 30, I will do it then.
George Seldes later quoted Lloyd George as having said:
A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart;
an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
The earliest known version of this observation is attributed to
mid-nineteenth century historian and statesman Fran├žois Guizot:
Not to be a republican at 20 is proof of want of heart;
to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.
Variations on this theme were later attributed to Disraeli, Shaw,
Churchill, and Bertrand Russell. (I misquoted Churchill to this
effect for years.)"

As for Miller, well, I never thought much of him, even back in his SNL days. I thought Dana Carvey's parody of Miller was funnier than Miller himself.

His self-proclaimed, reflexive post-9/11 support for Bush surprised and disappointed me, particularly when he responded to some guests criticisms with the rationale that their facts wouldn't persuade him from believing that Bush & Co. were tougher on terror.

The only Fox program I watch is Fox News Watch, which is so predictable it's become ritualistic.

Chez said...

Thanks for the possible clarification. I remembered the quote, and after scanning the internet (and we all know how trustworthy that is) Churchill seemed to be the one and only person whose name kept coming up.

And I'll freely admit that the Fox Report used to be a show I could watch regularly and not feel the need to bathe afterward: mostly because Shepard Smith is actually an old friend (lousy poker player though). He doesn't have any kind of political axe to grind one way or the other; he's just a guy who knows which side his bread is buttered on. Besides, the G-block is occasionally pretty brilliant. Hell, they managed to work the Cracken in to one of their stories once.