Oct 15, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(NY POST) Comedian Tim Allen has an idea for a home improvement at the White House: Get a new tenant!
A rare Republican in Democrat-loving Hollywood — let alone in prime time — Allen delivers a comic smackdown in the season premiere of his ABC sitcom, “Last Man Standing.”
It’s the first sign the GOP may be making inroads in what has been nearly solid support for the president on the left coast.
In the episode, airing four days before the election, Allen’s uber-conservative character, Mike Baxter, tries to persuade his impressionable 18-year-old daughter to vote for Mitt Romney.
“The Democrats will tax [your] inheritance and probably use that money to throw gay weddings for illegal aliens,” Allen’s character tells the Kardashian-loving teen, who thinks Bill Clinton’s mother is secretary of state.
“Democrats love spending other people’s money. Free health care for everybody . . . Whoopee! Now lazy people can go around licking doorknobs.”
While Allen squeezed some jokes in at the president’s expense, he wasn’t given an unlimited leash to bite into Bam.
Allen told The Post that the Disney-owned network scrapped numerous jokes, including one in which his character calls the president “a communist.”
“I love communist jokes,” Allen said. “The right sees everything as a communist.”
“We also had this line about the Clintons where I say, ‘They’re like shingles; just when you think they are gone, they pop back up.’ ”
That, too, got cut.
Among the lines that survived:
* “Romney is a doer. It’s easy to be consistent, like Obama, when all you have done is ‘organize communities.’ ”
* “He did a great job with that South Side of Chicago. It runs like a watch down there. Of course, you can’t wear one.”
Allen said there are plenty of jokes aimed at Romney — because the network thought it was necessary to give the show some balance.