January 19, 2008

BECAUSE COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE AND THE FUNNIEST IS THE MOST:

John McCain king of campaign comedians (Tim Shipman and Philip Sherwell, 19/01/2008, Daily Telegraph)

He is a grizzled war hero who tells it to the voters straight.

But beneath the gruff exterior and the cold hard facts, John McCain has developed a sideline in stand-up comedy.

In what many of the candidates regularly proclaim the most important and most serious election in decades, candidates are engaged not just in a war of words, but a battle of bon mots.

Mr McCain, head to head for the South Carolina primary last night with Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee, was happy to enter a battle of the one-liners with the man who had previously been hailed as the best campaign comedian. [...]

On the Democrat side, the contest has been largely a sombre affair.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2008 11:18 AM
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