Not long after Mel Gibson was popped for driving while drunk and had a subsequent bout with highway anti-Semitism, I began to wonder how long it would take for Mel to start to try and shake off the label that some have applied to him as “conservative.”

Since the arrest that did indeed at least partially validate the axiom “like father, like son,” conservatives can’t be too disappointed if Gibson does manage to shake that label, but there’s no doubt that some Hollywood liberals wouldn’t exactly welcome Gibson with open arms, either. Well, maybe they would, but under certain conditions. ::cough money cough::

If you’re a famous Hollywood actor/director and are caught bashing Jews, your career could be about to become the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez. If this happens, it’s time to grab the steering wheel and get away from the rocks as soon as possible.

The news today all abuzz now about Mel Gibson has slammed the war in Iraq. Drudge has it splashed all over his page. I immediately began thinking that my fellow conservative writers and bloggers may recognize this as the beginnings of an appeasement of the left. That may be in the cards, but not this time. The fact is, Gibson’s been against the Iraq war from the start.

Here’s some of what Mel said at a Texas event promoting an upcoming film:

In describing its portrait of a civilization in decline, Gibson said, “The precursors to a civilization that’s going under are the same, time and time again,” drawing parallels between the Mayan civilization on the brink of collapse and America’s present situation. “What’s human sacrifice,” he asked, “if not sending guys off to Iraq for no reason?”

Another sign of a civilization in decline is drunk thespians on the side of the highway blaming all the troubles in the world on those who subscribe to one particular religious philosophy.

In May of this year, two and a half months before his arrest and SS tirade, Gibson spoke of a “fear mongering” Bush administration. A few years ago, Gibson’s film company, Icon Productions, was set to finance Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11″ but bowed out.

Moore supporters say Gibson backed out of the project due to pressure from the Bush White House, but Gibson’s very public opinion of the president and the war would lead one to believe that isn’t the case.

So, in fact, a new “left turn” for Mel this is not. Something like that may happen, but this isn’t it. If Gibson starts hanging with Rob Reiner, Sean Penn and Martin Sheen, then we’ll know for sure.

For now, Gibson won’t need to cozy up to liberals any further. Funny, not even two months ago, there were those who were wondering if Mel Gibson’s career was over. Now, his new movie “Apocalypto” may make the cover of both Time and Newsweek, and a whirlwind media tour, and probably more Academy Awards, are in his future.

Gibson’s remarks this summer may have temporarily stunk up Malibu, but what he brings to the table is something that everybody in Hollywood loves the scent of — money. Things will soon be back to normal for Mel Gibson, hard left turn or not.


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