A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Whitehouse

It’s presidential campaign season now. Only 22 months left before the U.S. elects a new president. So, in the increasingly obsessive-compulsive arena of politics the Democratic candidates are lining up their appearances next to Letterman, Leno, and John Stewart. You could say they can’t wait to make a joke of themselves.

For example, Joe Biden appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart somewhere in the midst of his whirlwind 7-hour campaign, before he dropped out in embarrassment at what came out of his own big, fat mouth.

On Wednesday night, Biden parried with Stewart over his controversial description of Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama as “clean” and said he had called the senator to explain.

“I bet you did,” Stewart quipped.

“I also spoke to Jesse (Jackson) and Al Sharpton,” Biden said.

“And Michael Jordan and anybody you could get your hands on. The Jackson Five,” Stewart said, interrupting. (source)

What about Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Ex-Secretary of State Colin Powell, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Ambassador to the U.N. Alan Keyes, and even Michael Steele? I would bet good money that they all shower regularly, use soap and deodorant, and maybe even a splash of cologne. And they are all articulate, and have more substantial experience than Obama. Once again Democrats like Biden and Stewart (like we can’t tell), claim that theirs is the party with all the dark-skinned candidates. This is not true now and never has been. We know which party fought and won the Civil War against the secessionist slave-holding states and the violent resistance of the Democratic Copperheads of the North. We know which party outlawed slavery. We know which party passed the civil rights laws of the 1950s and 1960s and outlawed Jim Crow. The Republicans did all these things. It is a tragedy and a crime that people don’t realize it.

Well, time to come back from that little foray into stamping out leftist racialist lies and talk about candidates taking comedians so terribly seriously…

<beat> … (I’ll wait; the irony will hit soon)

If it didn’t reek so of desperation, if it weren’t so sad, if if if if if, well … then it would almost be amusing to see these Presidential hopefuls charging quixotically onto TV to be needled and insulted by comics, almost two full years before the elections.

The climax to all this will come when Al Franken goes onto the television shows to do a standup act and run for Senate. He’ll be the first major candidate to impose a two-drink minimum at his fund-raisers, and he’ll probably be the first candidate to work blue. And when I watch, if I watch, his appearances, I’ll be thinking, “You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, and people really don’t like you.”

But isn’t that what seeing the candidates as they try to be funny is all about?

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