Another comedian, David Feldman, took a shot at Florida Republican Rep. Allen West, saying he was “Not afraid to speak his mind no matter how small it is.”
Speaking of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he joked, “If she could read intelligence memos the way she reads teleprompters, the twin towers would still be standing.”
After mentioning Sarah Palin’s statement that she thought the president was shucking and jiving on Libya, Feldman joked that Palin defended herself from those who said her comments were racist by saying, “Some of her best friends are self-hating black conservatives on Fox.”
He then said Ann Coulter was racist, as if a fact, before bringing up her recent tweet joking that President Barack Obama was a retard.
“You know, if Ann Coulter, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann were the leading female voices in my party, I wouldn’t trust women to make their own health care decisions either,” Feldman said.
“These people are idiots,” he declared, referring to conservatives.
Feldman said Grayson was the “only half-way decent thing to come out of Florida. No wonder he wants to go to Washington, he lives in Florida!”
Several of the stand-up acts were funny, even if sometimes grotesque and partisan. The problem is not that comedians made off color jokes or made fun of conservatives. That’s what comedians do and comedians should almost never be forced to apologize for what they say in comedy clubs. Pushing — and sometimes stepping over — the line is part of the business.
But for a candidate to raise money off a night of rape jokes? At the very least, that doesn’t seem like the brightest of political moves.
Tickets for the fundraiser were $30 (full disclosure: TheDC bought one) and $250 for better seating and a meet-and-greet with Grayson afterwards. A staff member of the Improv said he thought the money went to a committee supporting Grayson’s campaign — not necessarily to Grayson’s campaign directly. To date, Grayson has raised 33 times more money than his Republican opponent, according to the AP.
Grayson rebuffed my efforts for an interview Sunday night, first telling me that he had to greet all those who showed up to support him and then telling me after I waited in the lobby of the club for over an hour that he was too tired to talk.