If you haven't heard, conservatives are mad at a Beatle again. Decades after John Lennon caused a stir over his quip that The Beatles were "bigger than Jesus," culture warriors are mad at a Fab again. This time though it's The Cute One.
While accepting an award from the Library of Congress and President Obama, Paul McCartney thanked the president and said that "After the last eight years, it's good to have a president that knows what a library is." Pretty harmless, right? I mean who doesn't make Bush is Dumb jokes? Well, conservatives who are desperately trying to salvage his disaster of a legacy.
Benen sums up the lunacy of their outrage though:
The same day McCartney told a harmless joke about George W. Bush's limited intellect, George W. Bush boasted about having ordered torture as president, and insisted he wouldn't change a thing if he had it to do over again. So, just so we're clear, a musician telling a Bush-is-dumb joke generates a fair amount of outrage in some conservative circles. A former president admitting to ordering torture -- bragging about utilizing a technique that the United States has long considered criminal, and has even prosecuted -- is completely fine. One, in Boehner's mind, requires an apology; the other is a source of partisan pride.