Ed Driscoll

High Times: Sooner or Later, Real Life Catches Up With Satire

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks from the chamber as Republicans pushed legislation toward Senate approval that would demolish President Barack Obama's signature health care law and halt Planned Parenthood's federal money, setting up a veto fight the GOP knows it will lose but thinks will delight conservative voters in next year's elections, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. McConnell said Thursday that the Affordable Care Act is "punctuated with hopelessness," as he blamed it for rising medical costs and problems encountered by Kentuckians. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Saturday Night Live, April 23rd, 1977:

Headline at Fox News, March 22nd, 2012, “California marijuana workers ready to unionize.”

Muggeridge’s Law states that there is no way for any satirist to improve upon real life for its pure absurdity — but sometimes it takes a while for the law to be enforced.

(H/T: Kate at Small Dead Animals, who pleads for California to be put out of its misery. Earlier thoughts on the glory days of SNL, here.)

Update: Welcome Mark Steyn readers clicking in from the Corner, with further examples of “Spirits of the Age.” Regarding our post, Mark writes wistfully on “The Golden State at twilight: half-stoner, half-teamster. Okay, that’s enough: As Ed Driscoll notes, satirists should be unionizing before the massive redundancies.”