Jon Stewart and company can make pretty much anyone look like an imbecile. Some nights they have to put a lot of elbow grease into it. Some nights less. And, some nights, they can just leave the elbow grease on the workroom shelf. Like Monday night, when Kingsley Browne, law professor at Wayne State, gave an interview to The Daily Show and opined on whether women should take part in frontline combat. While some conservatives have opposed widening women’s role in combat by pointing to “anatomical facts,” Kingsley pulled some pop psycho-biology out of his dusty storehouse of patrician knowledge. “Girls become women by getting older; boys become men by accomplishing something, by proving something.” Samantha Bee could have just stayed home and collected a paycheck that night. 1950s prattle just sounds increasingly foolish and funny in 2013 (even if its effects are still pernicious). But, even so, Bee did add the Andy Griffith fade-to-black & white, and that was a pretty nice touch.
Note: If Mr. Browne feels like his views weren’t adequately expressed on The Daily Show, we would welcome him to elaborate on his views in the comments section below.
Also note, if you’re looking for more musty musings from the living museum, you can catch Mr. Browne on CNN.