Back in the 1990’s, British comic Harry Enfield created a hilarious satirical character ‘Tory Boy’ – a caricature of a precocious, but massively awkward conservative school boy. To those familiar with the private education system in Britain, Tory Boy was particularly funny given you probably went to school with someone just like him. Based loosely on former conservative leader William Hague, Tory Boy struck a chord with the public and did immense damage to the conservative party – and particularly Hague who never really shook off the image.
If you were to look for someone similar in America, someone who appears not quite real but a caricature of themselves, you’d inevitably come up with conservative commentator Mark Levin. Referred to as “The Great One” by Sean Hannity, Levin is a repulsive stereotype of Republican assholishness. His nasally, high pitched whining about liberals and gays passes for political commentary in America, but really is a giant projection of his revenge fantasies against all those nasty boys who were better looking than him in high school and talked to the girls he liked.
There’s no one the joyless Levin hates more than President Obama – a man who represents everything Levin is not. Obama is charismatic, powerful, and charming, while Levin is physically repellant and about as likable as a fart in an elevator. No matter the situation, Levin always finds a way to turn whatever current event may have occurred into an opportunity to attack Obama and ‘leftists’ who are trying to destroy America.
Here’s Levin on how liberals are using the church shooting in Charleston to further their agenda, and why Obama’s use of the ‘N word’ makes him a “low life” and a “racist”:
Levin’s bile filled screeching is designed to resonate with only the most hateful amongst us, so if you managed to get past the 30 second mark without frantically trying to save your ear drums, congratulations. Despite Levin’s popularity in right wing circles, he is so off putting to most people that it renders much of his output completely irrelevant – a small gift we should all be thankful for.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.