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Republicans on the Receiving End of Late-Night Jokes 7-1

If you're staying up to watch John McCain make his grand, and potentially awkward, return to David Letterman tonight, you should expect to hear seven jokes about McCain's party for each joke made about the Democrats.

According to the Center For Media and Public Affairs, since McCain tapped Sarah Palin, 286 jokes have been made about the Republicans by late-night comics compared to 42 about the Democrats. Even material-producing Joe Biden, set to appear on Leno tonight, doesn't find himself the butt of many jokes. I guess the availability of a Sarah Palin comedian look-alike got Joe off the hook.

Perhaps Republicans should take it as a compliment — maybe they're just funnier than Democrats! Do you think late-night skewering could help kick politicians out of power?

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Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 7 years
I can't believe this is really even being discussed. Look, the media is 90% liberal. NINETY PERCENT. That means that television, newspapers, anything that comes out of Hollywood--90% of all of these people that you see in the media are going to take a crack at a Republican when they can. Why discuss it? It exists. It's fact.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"but to be fair back during the Clinton presidency -democrats were constantly getting made fun of so it ebbs and flows."Exactly. IMO, the party that is not in power usually has the best opportunity for great joke coverage when they are not in the White House. It is always more funny to make fun of the people in power, vs. the minority. I don't think The Daily Show would have been as successful if Gore had won!
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"but to be fair back during the Clinton presidency -democrats were constantly getting made fun of so it ebbs and flows." Exactly. IMO, the party that is not in power usually has the best opportunity for great joke coverage when they are not in the White House. It is always more funny to make fun of the people in power, vs. the minority. I don't think The Daily Show would have been as successful if Gore had won!
geebers geebers 7 years
I do think that Republicans are the butt of more jokes recently but to be fair back during the Clinton presidency -democrats were constantly getting made fun of so it ebbs and flows. Also during the democratic primaries - they had a field day with Hillary.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I cant stand letterman, but I am glad McCain went on there and made up with him.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I cant stand letterman, but I am glad McCain went on there and made up with him.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
my fav Obama line when talking about where his first name comes from "... and i got my middle name from someone who obviously never thought I'd run for President"
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Yea those speeches were much much more funny than anything SNL or anyone else has done on the campaign.Those writers should go work for SNL!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Yea those speeches were much much more funny than anything SNL or anyone else has done on the campaign. Those writers should go work for SNL!
kelsen kelsen 7 years
I liked the tribute part too; sincere and straightforward. Obama was really funny also. "Where are those Greek columns I ordered?...contrary to rumors you've heard, I was not born in a manger...Barack is Swahili for 'that one'" And from McCain... "It's going to be a long night at MSNBC if I manage to pull this one off..."
kelsen kelsen 7 years
I liked the tribute part too; sincere and straightforward.Obama was really funny also. "Where are those Greek columns I ordered?...contrary to rumors you've heard, I was not born in a manger...Barack is Swahili for 'that one'"And from McCain..."It's going to be a long night at MSNBC if I manage to pull this one off..."
janneth janneth 7 years
Sometimes Mac can seem stiff, but he was impressive giving that speech. Very funny jokes, and very touching in his little tribute to Obama's historical candidacy.
kelsen kelsen 7 years
I was just looking around on here for something about the Al Smith dinner speeches. They were very funny! Hillary was laughing so hard...There sure is enough hate and hostility from ALL sides this election...it was refreshing to see the candidates having a laugh.
kelsen kelsen 7 years
I was just looking around on here for something about the Al Smith dinner speeches. They were very funny! Hillary was laughing so hard... There sure is enough hate and hostility from ALL sides this election...it was refreshing to see the candidates having a laugh.
janneth janneth 7 years
The Al Smith dinner speeches were the funniest thing I have seen about the campaign. Both candidates had absolutely hilarious jokes, funnier than any Leno or Letterman jokes by far. I have watched it twice tonight.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I thought you were joking Jill. He is known for attacking conservative people he doesn't agree with.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
From watching the show and listening to the jokes he makes. It's not some big horrible thing, it's just more Hollywood. That's always been my opinion of him.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Where do you get the idea that he IS liberal?
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Where do you get the idea that he IS liberal?
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Did anyone just watch the speeches from the Alfred Smith dinner? Hysterical! Citizen can you post the link tomorrow??
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Did anyone just watch the speeches from the Alfred Smith dinner? Hysterical!Citizen can you post the link tomorrow??
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Jill, I don't see how that's proof that Letterman isn't liberal.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Letterman isn't liberal. McCain announced his intention to run for President on Letterman, if you'll remember. He also said that Iraq might be the source of the Anthrax back in 2001 on Letterman as well. They go way back. ;)
Jillness Jillness 7 years
Letterman isn't liberal.McCain announced his intention to run for President on Letterman, if you'll remember. He also said that Iraq might be the source of the Anthrax back in 2001 on Letterman as well. They go way back. ;)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Letterman is a liberal?! I'm shocked.
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