Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Some Wednesday Political Humor

From a Slate article discussing Mike Huckabee's use of humor and some past politicians who were funny in a good way:

Huckabee reminds me of Mo Udall, the last great punster and jester on the campaign trail who every candidate wants to quote but not emulate. "I'm Mo Udall and I'm running for president," the failed Democratic candidate said, walking into a shop. "Yeah," replied the barber, "we were just laughing about that." Candidates don't repeat Udall's better lines, like his observation that the difference between a cactus and a caucus is that with a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.


(By the way, the article argues -correctly, I think- that Huckabee's ceaseless joking will come back to haunt him rather quickly.)


Anonymous said...

Not so funny with his bigoted comments directed at Mitt Romney. Republicans better look at the State of Utah, its large GOP yearly margin of victory and its two Republican Senators and countless Reps and stop taking the LDS vote for granted. If they, Evangelicals, want to judge us and call us Non-Christians, fine, but they better realize that we vote and we vote the RIGHT way. Christian or not, that should matter.

Brian said...

I agree regarding Huckabee's comments about Mormonism in the NY Times; his statement was an ugly cheapshot, and a poorly executed one at that.
Regarding discussions about the religious views of the various candidates, at the beginning of this year's GOP primary cycle I was hopeful that this race would have a more secular focus than ones in the recent past (ie. much less attention to the candidates' religious differences and much more attention to policy differences). Indeed, until the rise of Huckabee I thought that was pretty much the way things were playing out, in spite of -- or maybe because of -- the religious diversity of the candidates. Now, of course, we have been reminded of the sway that the evangelical right still holds in the GOP coalition.