New York Times columnist David Carr made some awkward comments on Friday's edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, calling the Midwest "the dance of the low-sloping foreheads." Carr was responding to Maher's disbelief that a "smart" state like New Jersey could elect a governor like Chris Christie, and produced this gem of a soundbite:
"If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. Middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that out loud?"
Characteristically, Glenn Beck, on his Monday show, took his reaction waaaaaay into overdrive, tying Carr's words to his favorite pet topic: the intersection of progressivism and Nazism.
"This leads to death camps… these are the kinds of words that… always lead to mass death… why not kill the low-sloping foreheads?"
He then pointed to Carr's comments as an example of "the New York Times revealing themselves."
Carr almost certainly regrets saying that. But is it really anything too far past the scope of common stereotypical humor? And Beck, well, we're all aware of his batshit insanity, but he took what would have been a decent talking point for a conservative talk show host (liberal columnist shits on decent salt-of-the-earth states) and turned it into an equally out-there nonsensical statement.
People love talking about partisan politics, but partisan entertainment is almost as interesting. It's de-evolved into watching people on either side of the aisle put their foot in their mouth in different ways. Do we really think Carr thinks that about the Midwest? Well, maybe. But he more likely had his guard down because he was on an "edgy left" show and wasn't filtering his thoughts. Beck, on the other hand, could have made a legitimate point out of Carr, but was too busy salivating over an opportunity to compare liberals to Nazis.