Thursday, November 02, 2006

Spicing Up Humorless Campaigns

Steve Chapman writes on Townhall:

Why can't campaigns be good for a laugh?

Funny campaign spots come along about as often as taverns on a Utah highway.

"Terrorists need their privacy,"

"Harold Ford looks nice -- isn't that enough?"

"So he took money from porn movie producers -- I mean, who hasn't?"

Did you know Harold Ford roomed with Muhammad Atta in college?

Or that his first job was drowning kittens for a dollar a bag?

Or that none of his relatives will sit next to him at Thanksgiving dinner?

"You know your opponent is scared when his main opposition against you is, 'My opponent likes girls.'"

Kinky Friedman, an independent candidate for governor of Texas, had a spot in which he announced his border policy: "I'll keep us out of war with Oklahoma."

None of these guys is going to host the Oscars, but if it's a choice between mediocre jokes and testimonials from daughters, I'll go with the jokes. Amid the usual election screeching, this sort of change reminds me of the scene in "Ocean's Eleven" where ex-husband George Clooney, just out of prison, asks Julia Roberts if her new beau makes her laugh. Her answer? "He doesn't make me cry."

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