“Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen really is a conservative – he doesn’t just play one on TV.
And it showed his week.
When Allen appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday to plug his show’s season finale in a fellow ABC venue, his comic intro was a literal man-on-the-street bit about the “socialist” state of California has made itself a magnet for the professionally homeless.
And “Last Man Standing” lines are some of the few places keeping the Benghazi terror attack in the popular mind. A textbook moment came early in Friday’s finale during a set up about individual responsibility — one line of dialogue that probably touched more Americans than 100 Republican National Committee paid ads.
“It’s called integrity,” Allen’s character says. “Something Obama doesn’t have with that Benghazi thing.” It sounds ham-handed on its own like that, but it’s blended so smoothly into the scene that it comes off as laugh line – not a just a joke, not just a jibe, but a barbed point honed sharp by humor.
And it works.
It’s the kind of thing libs have been doing on television for so long, non-political Americans think that’s what TV is supposed to be like, and most conservatives have accepted as the way things are – at least outside of Fox.
The good news is “Last Man Standing” appears to be in good standing for another season on ABC, according to TV Wise.
So until the fall lineups come out, there are more ways to watch an old TV show these days than you have fingers on your hand. Use one of them and check out “Last Man Standing” if you haven’t already. You won’t be sorry.
Meanwhile, here’s Allen’s act from Kimmel’s show Friday.
He’s a conservative all right. He doesn’t just play one on TV .
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