As a fan of humor and politics, I had high hopes for a McCain-Obama matchup. Both seem naturally funny, even if McCain had a bit of a hard edge to his humor, like the time he told a high school student who asked about McCain's age: "Thanks for the question, you little jerk. You’re drafted."But it hasn't really worked out to be a funny race, as evidenced by these totally humor-free clips:
My old boss and the smartest guy I've ever known personally, Kurt Andersen, had much the same complaint.
Then two things happened that gave me some hope.
First was Obama responding to the notion that his fifth-grade daughter might find out some about boys in her new class:"What!" Obama exclaimed in mock horror, as the audience laughed. "Hold on a sec. Maybe that home-schooling is all right. One reason I have to win here is so that I've got Secret Service around my girls at all times. They carry guns."
Then McCain gave us the biggest possible injection of humor, Sarah Palin. She may be asking people to pray for pipelines, but I was praying for humor, and now we have it. Thanks, God!
The only one who hasn't gotten the memo, apparently, is Joe Biden, who seems to want to be humorless to the end, even when he's trying to be funny. "There's a gigantic difference" between him and Palin, he says. "She's good looking."
Wait, isn't that the same thing he said about Obama back when he was running against him? That he was "good looking"? Please, someone get Biden a joke writer!