With the election wrapping up (cue simultaneous sighs of relief!), I will need to channel my opinionated sense of humor into other areas. Read More Last Call For Opinionated Political Humor
Is anyone else feeling a little swing state envy these days? The presidential campaigns are lavishing time, attention, and incessant ads on a few states, but those of us in solidly red or blue states don’t get any of that love. Read More Quickie Non Partisan Political Humor
Apparently, all three of the presidential debates can be summed up by one neat phrase or image. For the first one, it was “Big Bird” (as in Romney’s promise to cut all funding for public broadcasting, since it represented a simply unaffordable .01% of the budget). The second debate gave us the unforgettable “Binders of Women,” and the foreign policy debate spawned “Horses and Bayonets.” These ideas exploded almost instantly online, inspiring dozens of Facebook groups and Tumblr posts, and hundreds of clever photos with the familiar captions in white lettering. And as soon as the memes started spreading, the pundits and commentators chimed in, complaining that people were getting too tied up in cute phrases or semantic quibbling, distracting them from the important issues. Read More Political Memes – Symbols or Silliness?
Politicians have always been infamous for tailoring their remarks to specific audiences (okay, call it “pandering.” I’m trying to be nice). And it is certainly possible for them to claim their views “evolve” when it seems more politically acceptable (look at Bill Clinton on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or Obama on gay marriage).
In the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney mentioned that he would have to eliminate PBS funding even though he loved Big Bird, because it didn’t make sense to “pay for stuff by borrowing from China.” Read More Saving Big Bird
When Todd Akin made his outrageous “legitimate rape” comments in August, it wasn’t just feminists and liberals who were outraged. Read More My Magical Vagina
My best friend in high school (and still!) was a gorgeous model, and when I hung out with her, boys didn’t even know I was alive, unless they wanted me to get her number. (Fortunately she was way too nice to hate!) That’s what I imagine it feels like to be Joe Biden. Poor guy – it must be tough being in the shadow of Obama, who is brilliant, historic, handsome, and even sings well.