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Jay Leno for President? (Updated)

Well why the heck not?  He needs something to do after he retires from the Tonight Show.  I think he already owns every classic car ever made.  And he certainly seems to be cultivating a constituency with his recent runners about the Obama scandals.  I do know that back in the 1980s, before he succeeded Johnny Carson, Leno expressed some occasional libertarian sentiments, such as his opposition to the mandatory motorcycle helmet law that California enacted.

His monologue Friday was an extended rip on Obama and the IRS, leavened only with a quick jab at Mitt Romney, but wrapped within a reference to the idea of a flat tax (gee—wonder if someone there has been reading Power Line?).  This seems much longer than you’d usually beat down on a president and his allies.  My attempt to post a video of the monologue got blocked for some reason, but Noel Shepphard at Newsbusters has a short video excerpt (somehow), and here’s the transcript:

Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.

Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.

How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans – now we have one. Yeah.

Actually, President Obama clarified the situation today. He said no one is listening to your phone calls. The president said it’s not what the program is all about. You know, like the IRS isn’t about targeting certain political groups. That’s not what it’s about!

I mean what’s going on? The White House has looked into our phone records, checking our computers, monitoring our e-mails. When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? When did that happen? When did that happen? When did that happen?

You know, I’ll tell you, if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS next time they throw a $4 million party. Why don’t you do that one? Yes, exactly, exactly. Find out about that. Yeah.

As you know by now, the IRS has taken some heat for reportedly spending $4 million on a conference in Anaheim last year where employees took dancing lessons. One of the dances they learned? Tap dancing around the issues. Yes, that was very good, be able to tap dance

Well, the latest one that came out today. You see this one? They’re saying the IRS paid an artist $17,000 to paint portraits of Abraham Lincoln to help inspire the IRS agents. You know, if they want to see a picture of Lincoln for inspiration, take out a $5 bill and save the taxpayers $16,995. Exactly. That’s what they said. They said.

Oh, the hearings have been unbelievable this week. Congressional investigators say the IRS basically threw a $4 million party for themselves. But in fairness, who else is going to throw a party for the IRS? Really? Now, a going away party, I think we’d all chip in. I would chip in! I would chip in! There you are, no problem. I would pay for that.

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