Michael Billington might have a different response. "I am depressed to read that David Mamet has swung to the right," wrote the Guardian's theater critic of more than three decades. "What worries me is the effect on his talent of locking himself into a rigid ideological position."No surprise that this comes from a writer at the Guardian, the British fishwrap whose leftist leanings are the stuff of legend. And I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that a supposedly intelligent person would actually believe that one's shift in political beliefs would negatively affect his artistic work. But it does.
But, as Goldberg points out, this could be just the reliably left-wing arts community setting up Mamet's inevitable banishment to the gulags on ideological grounds:
Mamet has committed the sin of free-thinking in a world that defines it as "ideological rigidity" while dubbing conformity "diversity." Already, critics are saying his work is slipping. Soon, they will say his work was never that great to begin with (that's what they've been doing to Dennis Miller for his heresy). The more Mamet rejects the divine pieties of the left and thinks for himself, the more the Greek chorus of straitjacketed "free thinkers," their heads shaking in unison, will tsk-tsk Mamet's rigidity.