In a multicultural extravaganza, the Boston Globe celebrated the Chinese New Year, the “year of the rat,” by giving us a nice list of “famous” Americans who are “rats.” (Rats are those born in the years 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, and 1996) The Globe defined a “rat” as someone who is “charming, clever, hard-working, intelligent, practical, and social,” this according to “Chinese astrology.” Well, the Globe is here to tell us that “rats” are really great folks. But, looking over their list of American “rats” will reveal not a single conservative or Republican name. Apparently, the Globe can’t find any conservative “rats” who are “charming, clever, hard-working, intelligent, practical, and social”

The Globe gives us a nice warm feeling about “rats”… at least certain ones.

Rats get a bad rap in Western culture. The less-than-adorable rodents are often referenced in disparaging ways: “I smell a rat”; “Why that dirty rat.” . . . But in China, being a Rat is no disgrace. In fact, according to Chinese astrology, the Rat is a respected, courageous, and enterprising individual… The Year of the Rat officially began on Feb. 7, so we think it’s high time to embrace the Rats among us. Those born in Rat years are charming, clever, hard-working, intelligent, practical, and social.

And then they go on to list some American “rats” (and a few foreign ones) that fit the wonderfulness of rathood. Like I said, though, there doesn’t seem to be any conservative American “rats” that the Globe wishes to celebrate.

The Globe’s “Rats”

  • Al Gore
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Sean Penn
  • Marlon Brando
  • Sidney Poitier

Sean Penn? OK, if I were a truly conservative American “rat” I might not want to be on a list that Sean Penn is on. It might be a dubious distinction, indeed. I might want to consider Penn more of a rat-fink, but…

Still, it is absurd that the Globe couldn’t find a single conservative to put on their list that was born in any of the “rat” years.

So, what famous right leaning Americans could have gone on their list? Just to name three: Charlton Heston (b 1924), George H. W. Bush (b 1924) and John McCain (b 1936) are all rats.

I’m sure there are many others, and it only took me a few minutes to find these. So, isn’t it just a bit suspicious that the Globe couldn’t find any American “rats” from the right side of the spectrum? Of course it isn’t the end of the world, this little “rat” tale. But it does just go to show that the MSM is biased to the left, even in small ways.

Happy “year of the rat,” anyway.

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