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    Lefty Toasts Breitbart

    By Kyle | March 6, 2012

    A nice story about Seth MacFarlane, the “Family Guy” guy, sharing a nip from a flask with Andrew Breitbart at Bill Maher’s show. Makes me like MacFarlane more, though I can’t really handle all the cheap shots on his show. (Though the Star Wars parodies are very good.) Question: Is the frenzied nature of political debate going to make extinct these kinds of across-enemy-lines gestures and close friendships, like the famous one between ski partners John Kenneth Galbraith and William F. Buckley? It’s kind of hard to picture Paul Krugman and James Taranto going skiing together (though I’m sure Taranto would leap at the chance).

    Topics: Comedy | 7 Comments »

    7 Responses to “Lefty Toasts Breitbart”

    1. yankeefan Says:
      March 6th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      “Is the frenzied nature of political debate going to make extinct these kinds of across-enemy-lines gestures and close friendships….”

      I doubt it. Off camera and away from the keyboard, these friendships seem to thrive, by many accounts, at least among media and intellectual types. Evidently, for ex, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Scalia are very good friends; I think they and their spouses vacation together. And Pat Buchanan has more liberal friends than I do. etc etc.

      The problem seems mainly to exist in Congress, which is truly polarized. And, in the country at large, there has in fact been a “sorting” of people living with like-minded folk.

      Though I like Kruggeleh, it’s kinda hard to imagine him socializing with *anyone,* even his wife. He’s extremely awkward and a bit Asperger-y.

    2. kishke Says:
      March 6th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Off camera and away from the keyboard, these friendships seem to thrive, by many accounts, at least among media and intellectual types.

      But not in Hollywood, at least not according to Daniel Knauf:

      http://blackbxx.blogspot.com/2012/03/chasing-andrew.html

    3. Hedge Says:
      March 6th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      It’s funny, I see Krugman skiing only with the diminutive Robert Reich…picture them sitting on the lift, collaborating on how to get the gov’t to pay for the trip.

    4. Christopher Says:
      March 6th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Rawls and Nozick played tennis together every week at Harvard.

    5. Obama bin Biden Says:
      March 7th, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Seth is a big lib, but pretty funny. He missed his AA Flight 11 from Boston, September 11, 2001 that hit the WTC North tower. He told the story on Stern’s show. It’s on You Tube. If he was on that plane, there’d be no Stewie.

    6. Christopher Says:
      March 7th, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Certainly glad MacFarlane is still alive, but “Family Guy” had been on the air for over 2.5 years by Sept., 2001. We’d still have Stewie, just less of him.

    7. Obama bin Biden Says:
      March 7th, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Your point well taken but I meant what you said.

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