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September 28, 2004

The man does not know funny.

I feel like this article, about Kerry using ‘humor’ to win votes, could have been written as satire by Jeff Goldstein. But, no, it’s an AP piece about the hilarity that is Kerry. An example:

Even while speaking on the very serious topic of Iraq (news – web sites) last week at New York University, Kerry made the audience laugh six times at President Bush (news – web sites)’s expense. Most of the guffaws came when Kerry stated Bush administration positions in a tone that suggested they were the height of ridiculousness.

Kerry said the occupation of Iraq is riddled with problems, “yet today, President Bush tells us that he would do everything all over again, the same way.” Kerry paused for affect before asking sarcastically, “How can he possibly be serious?”

Well, they’re right, I am laughing my head off.

Posted by Karol at 03:46 PM |
Comments

The only humor that wins votes is self-deprecating humor. It makes the candidate seem like a normal person who is not full of himself.
Bush often makes fun of his foibles.
Kerry never does.
That is one of the reasons that Bush is far ahead of Kerry in likeability polls.

Posted by: Jake at September 28, 2004 at 3:54 pm

I think this tells us more about the AP and the crowd than it does about Kerry. This race is increasingly ugly and silly as the party operatives (like this one in the press), with their ususal lack of brains and souls, on both sides push their respetive candidate down our throats.
Let me give you an example. I loathe Alan Keyes. He talks a lot and does nothing which makes him perfect for the modern political age. Right now a big deal is being made that Alan Keyes, who had attacked Cheney for having a lesbian daughter, has a lesbian daughter himself. The latest poll has Keyes down 50 points, 68-18. WTF ? How bad do they want to beat the guy ? Is Keyes a hypocrite ? Probably, most politicians are. But man, why go after his daughter since Keyes is 50 points behind. That strikes me as crossing the line. This is not kicking a man when he is down. No, this is kicking a corpse.

Posted by: Von Bek at September 28, 2004 at 4:02 pm

You’re right, Kerry is nowhere near as funny as Bush. Like that time Bush guffawed at the fact that in some polls the right track/wrong track numbers in Iraq are better than in the U.S. Hi-freaking-larious.
Or the time he made fun of the woman on death row in Texas before he signed her execution order, woo-yeah that was a good one.

Posted by: Dawn Summers at September 28, 2004 at 4:05 pm

Dawn:
That is why people like Bush. Everybody loves death row jokes especially the family of the crime victims.

Posted by: Jake at September 28, 2004 at 4:30 pm

Jake’s right. Mary was not laughing when her Son was hung on the Cross. The Romans were laughing their heads off and dividing His possesions.

Posted by: Von Bek at September 28, 2004 at 4:46 pm

Wow, that was fast. In the space of five comments, we managed to draw a parallel between a convicted murderer sentenced to death and Jesus Christ on the cross.
Great job making us all look like crazy people, y’all.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at September 28, 2004 at 5:11 pm

You misunderstood me Jeff. I am not one of those types who compares every person on death row to Jesus. Jesse Jackson is, he even compared Governor Bush to Pilate. The death penalty is in the US Constitution; we must render to Caesar what is Caesar after all.
But that does not mean we mock those facing capital punishment. In his response mocking Carla Faye Tucker, Bush failed to live up to his Christian beliefs. Almost all of us do but that does not mean we excuse it. No, executuion is not a light subject and we should not treat it as such.

Posted by: Von Bek at September 28, 2004 at 5:17 pm

if they think kerry is funny they ought to pay more attention to his husband, er, wife. every time this harpie opens her mouth she ends up in the news. in a sick way i almost want kerry to win just so i can see her further embarrass herself.

Posted by: scot at September 28, 2004 at 6:26 pm

I’m pretty sure one of the core Christian beliefs, Von, is that you don’t pass judgment over other people’s belief.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at September 28, 2004 at 7:14 pm

That’s the gospel according to PC, not JC, Jeff. Politically correct, not Jesus Christ. What do you think Jesus was doing driving out those who defiled His Father’s temple ? He was passing judgement.

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