A couple of weeks ago, Republican defenders of Rush Limbaugh said that Bill Maher, in his standup act, had also made offensive remarks about women.
Today, Newt Gingrich said that Obama should apologize over Robert De Niro's joke about the wives of the GOP candidates. (De Niro said that America is not ready for a white first lady.) Curiously, the First Lady's office did issue a statement saying that they thought the comment was inappropriate.
I can see where this is going. Politicians are making preparations to outlaw comedy. They know that there is no other way they'll ever be taken seriously.