Apr
24
2012

#rsrh “But I voted for the guy!” (NSFW)

That is one of the most important lines from this Jon Lovitz rant – which is a dangerous rant for this administration, for reasons which I will relate below – that is making the rounds:


Said rant, for those without video, consists of Jon Lovitz’s reaction at being told that he – a rich person, who owns a club, and who apparently watches half of his gross income get hoovered up by various government agencies – is not paying his fair share of taxes. Lovitz… disagrees. Profanely. Using words that he probably still fondly thinks that he’s allowed to use, the poor so-and-so. Well, he’ll learn soon enough that only good, obedient liberals are allowed those words – and only when they’re used against conservatives.

Anyway, why this is a dangerous rant:

  • It is amazingly, publicly unflattering towards the Obama administration.  Never mind for a moment the central message (Obama is engaged in hypocritical class warfare against people who actually produce things); the secondary message (Obama will shut down dissent, whether officially or via Occupy goons*) is not one that the Obama administration wants to hear from somebody who voted for him.
  • It’s self-aware (which is one major reason why it’s funny).  The guy that’s doing the stand-up/rant/free-form howl of outrage alongside of Lovitz points out halfway through that Lovitz sounds a bit like a likeable jerk himself, and Lovitz runs with it.
  • It’s pretty straightforward. The message is real simple: Lovitz started from zero, made his pile by his own efforts, so did Obama (hey, this is Lovitz arguing that, not me), now Obama wants to tell Lovitz off about how Lovitz isn’t paying his fair share, so Obama can f*ck off.  Straightforward is dangerous, when you’re the one on the receiving end of it.

In closing, one last pro-tip, for Democrats**?  Tax week is actually a bad week to throw out tax-the-rich rhetoric: that’s because there’s actually a large disconnect between what the Democrats define as rich, and what the rest of us do.  Normally many Democrats (more accurately, Democratic-leaning voters) can ignore that, but it’s especially provocative to hear that kind of rhetoric when you’ve just lost a claw.

As Lovitz demonstrates.

Moe Lane

*Who are pot-smoking degenerates, according to Lovitz.  I take issue with that: I know many pot-smokers and even more degenerates, and while there are bad apples in every barrel most of the ones of my acquaintance are fine, upstanding American citizens who I would readily allow into my house.  In short, they’re not like the Occupiers.

**Note the noun.  It’s kind of irrelevant for Obama staffers to learn this pro-tip; it’s going to be a while before it will have any kind of practical relevance to them…

10 Comments

  • Doug Stewart says:

    Lovitz’s foul-mouthed co-conspirator is none other than Kevin Smith of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, so the hypocrisy on points of commercialism and exploitative behavior is rich, thick, and creamy, with just a hint of Angostura bitters.

  • Aruges says:

    …and the rubes will self identify…

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    Somebody needs to track and assemble these “buyers remorse” stories. There’s Jobs meeting with Obama. There’s Mort Zuckerman. There’s Jefrrey Immelt. Adam Carolla. Lovitz.

  • BCochran1981 says:

    Is Carolla one of those? I don’t honestly know anything about the guy’s opinions other than the rants that have been popping up the last couple months. Those all sound pretty conservative….

  • Doug Stewart says:

    BCochran:
    Seems like a lot of these former MTV employees (Kennedy, Kurt Loder, Carolla) have been turning up libertarian. Kennedy and Loder are Reason contributors, for instance.

    Wonder what that’s about?

  • BCochran1981 says:

    Pull em out of a group think environment, make em earn a living based on what they can create/produce on their own, make them think and create for themselves. Natural flow of events IMO.

  • lourae says:

    What I found really intriguing about this back-and-forth was Smith clearly squirming around, knowing the liberal back-lash Lovitz surely has coming his way. And boy howdy, will it.

  • BCochran1981 says:

    I’ve seen the story in a bunch of different places and they all focus almost exclusively on Lovitz saying “f***ing a$$hole.”

  • Murgatroyd says:

    Somebody needs to track and assemble these “buyers remorse” stories.
    It might even be worthwhile to get George McGovern’s opinion on the Obama administration’s attempts to meddle with the economy. Although he backed Obama in 2008, McGovern may be disillusioned by now if his 1992 essay is any indication.

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