David Letterman

The 'Going Rogue' Index

Sarah Palin’s autobiography Going Rogue doesn’t have an index. Why? Well, I’m not exactly sure. But it sure makes finding gems in the text--such as the defense of that $150,000 clothing bill, the petty attacks on Katie Couric, and Palin-isms like “maverick” and “dang!”—a pretty tough slog. So, here’s an index. A really, really long and thorough one. Want to know where Palin celebrated one of her baby showers with her gal pals? It’s in here. Want to know how she feels about the ACLU, or Ashley Judd, or Steve Schmidt? In here, too.

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The NYT has a short piece today that gives us yet another reminder of why it's so much fun to tell lawyer jokes.

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Victor Davis Hanson has responded to the post I wrote yesterday defending David Letterman from his (and Sarah Palin's) attacks: The girl at the game with Governor Palin was not 18-year-old Bristol, but 14-year-old Willow. So logically we are to assume that when Letterman refers to Palin and her daughter at a recent baseball game, he means the actual governor and the actual daughter who actually attended it.  The intent of Letterman's tripartite sexual reference was to suggest that the Palins were synonymous with female promiscuity. (cf.

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God help me, I'm feeling a bit of solidarity with Sarah Palin.  OK. Not exactly. I, for instance, do find it plausible that David Letterman was referring to 18-year-old Bristol with his knocked-up crack. And even if he didn't, all Palin's blather about statutory-rape jokes contributing to the cultural assault on young girls seems more than a little overwrought. Nor do I think Letterman owes anyone an apology: not young women in general, not Willow in particular, most definitely not Governor Exploit-My-Family-For-Political-Gain Palin, and not even Bristol.

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A Defense Of David Letterman

Sarah Palin and Victor Davis Hanson (together at last!) refuse to accept David Letterman's apology for crossing the line with a joke that Palin's "daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez" while attending a Yankees game with her mom. Although the daughter who actually attended the Yankees game with Palin was 14-year-old Willow, Letterman explained that he meant the joke to refer to 18-year-old Bristol. VDH writes: First, Letterman makes a gutter joke about Palin and her unnamed 14-year-old daughter attending a NY Yankees game.

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TNR senior editor Jonathan Cohn channels David Letterman to give us the top five indications that Obama and the Democrats are serious about health care reform. --Ben Eisler

Show Stopper

Yesterday, at 10:15 a.m. Pacific time, an earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit central California; news reports claimed that you could feel the shakes in Los Angeles, but no one I spoke to in the area noticed a thing. One day prior a similar sort of seismic activity struck the entertainment industry: Conan O'Brien had finally signed a contract to succeed Jay Leno in 2009 as the network's newest "Tonight Show" host. It shocked me that Hollywood insiders I knew balked at speculating about the news. Were network omertas keeping them silent? No, they said.

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