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This isn’t to say that jokes about Republicans aren’t funny. Many of them are. Tina Fey’s brutal takedown of Palin was funny … the first time. Perhaps even the second time. The last 100 times, it got old. When Jay Leno and David Letterman mocked the fecklessness of the McCain campaign, much of that was hysterically funny. But one-sided comedy ultimately isn’t comedy. It’s politics. And when comedians cross that line from comedy to outright stumping for candidates, they lose their credibility.
So what’s the future of political comedy? It looks pretty bleak, at least from the mainstream media point of view. Mitt Romney may not be the world’s most interesting candidate – hell, he’s downright vanilla – but that’s not a great basis for jokes—certainly no better than a delusional president who thinks Americans are dumb because they can’t understand why a high unemployment rate, inflation of the currency, and radical deficits are a good thing. It’s funny when Obama says that businesses were built because of government. It’s funny when Obama sends out daily emails calling you his best friend, then asking for cash. It’s funny when Obama suggests that Mitt Romney is taking him out of context … and then plays a clip of himself mirroring Romney’s quotation word-for-word.
But don’t expect the comedy left to change anytime soon. And don’t expect America to become a funnier place between now and November.
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