(West Wing) -- In the wake of broadcaster NBC's sacking of Shock Jock Don Imus, 67, there is growing concern in entertainment and political circles that a new wave of sensitivity and tolerance, or at least political correctness, may be on the rise.
Imus had practiced his unique blend of politics, current events, sports, and insensitive and politically incorrect humor for 30 years. Until a week ago it was tolerated and even rewarded by corporate sponsors and political and entertainment guests. That was before Imus's "slur heard round the world" of the wrong group at the wrong time and subsequent sacking on 4/11. Pre-4/11 thinking.
Hundreds of other radio personalities in smaller US markets practice a similar approach to "take-no-prisoners entertainment" and do not shirk from offending usually powerless groups to the pleasure of their audiences. These Imus wannabe's, Mini-Imii, are commercially successful and enjoy continued sponsorship even as their idol has been cachiered. Will they be sacked - or lose sponsors in a post 4/11 world?
Rappers and hip and/or hop artists will be severely challenged to write meaningful lyrics in a post 4/11 world.
In politics, will presidential advisor Karl Rove, a proud devotee of Machiavelli, suffer from a post 4/11 sensibility? At the recent White House Correspondents dinner, a black tie fete for media and political elite to let down their hair (if any), Mr. Rove ironically performed as a rapper. Coincidence? Many wonder.
Politicos question whether they can continue take-no-prisoners, win-at -any-costs politics after 4/11? Will Mr. Rove be able to play the race card as Rove through RNC and RSCC minions did to defeat Harold Ford, articulate, clean, black, in the Tennessee Senate Race in 2006 (White woman: "Harold, Call me!"). The tactic worked. Machiavelli smiled.
Another pol in the 2006 election cycle, Sen.George Allen (R-VA) who expressed presidential aspirations, and suffered delusions of adequacy apparently, mortally wounded his reelection campaign with a videotaped racial slur and a botched water-torture apology/explanation with subsequent disclosures and rehashes of similar insensitive words andactions in what is now seen as "the canary in the coal mine" of post 4/11 sensitivity.
The race card also worked for the President's father in 1988 whose hachet man Lee Atwater ran a similar ad ("Willie Horton") to help defeat Michael Dukakis (who needed no help). President George H. W. Bush, #41, said after that election "there are some people you want in campaigns that you do not want in the government." Most understood this to refer to Atwater (like Donald Segretti and Nixon's USC "rat fuckers"). Atwater did not receive a government job. Rove, referred to as Bush's Brain, has a "non political" policy job and an office within earshot of his apprentice, #43.
On his death bed, Atwater expressed regret for his Machiavellian practice of politics. Observers in the capital tonight wonder whether they will have to wait that long for Rove to get religion. Rappers may take longer. Some ask whether Mr. Rove may consider that career option.