Impasse in Congress may be laughable; it is not funny

For reasons that I don’t fully understand, conservatives have a hard time being funny, at least about politics. (That’s not the same as saying they have no sense of humor. In my experience, they can be as funny as anybody on other topics. A couple of my funniest friends have been conservative — just not on politics.)

My working theory is that humor is largely based on presenting familiar things from a different, unexpected perspective — as a comic, you’re always looking for that “I never thought of it that way” insight — and different, unexpected perspectives are not a conservative strong point.

Whatever the reason, the disparity is pretty glaring. Look at the success of politically themed humorists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Bill Maher on the left — there’s a lot of fame and money awaiting someone who can be equally witty on the political right. Yet nobody has emerged to fill that lucrative vacuum.

(And if you bring up Dennis Miller as your counter-example, I would say thank you, I rest my case: Conservatives have a hard time being funny about politics.)

Some on the right do excel at humor of the inadvertent sort, in which they’re funny precisely when they’re not trying to be funny. Sarah Palin, for example, comes across these days as a Colbert-type, too-far-out-there-to-be-real caricature in which everybody is in on the joke except poor Sarah herself. Frankly, the sadness of that destroys the fun for me. I’ve never been a fan of humiliation humor.

For deadpan unintentional humor, we do have Ted Cruz, the one-man filibuster and late-night king of comedy.

Those moments of attempted hilarity came back in 2013, when Cruz launched a 21-hour, 19-minute melodramatic protest trying to block a Senate vote on a funding bill So it was worth a wry giggle this week when Cruz was asked how Congress could break the current stalemate over funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

His stern-faced answer?

“The answer is for Senate Democrat not to be obstructionists.”

Ted Ted Ted Ted Ted….

Boehnerface2House Speaker John Boehner, the son an Ohio bar owner, at times shows some chops at barroom humor. In private, I’m told, he can be quite funny and cutting. His best public moments, though, have come out of exasperation with his fellow House Republicans. He once joked that things had gotten so bad in the House, he couldn’t get enough votes to make Mother Teresa a saint. And then there was this priceless moment:

Not surprisingly, barroom language is also a Boehner specialty, and in a remarkable feat of investigative journalism, the Washington Post this week attempted to find a correlation between the degree of foul language used by Boehner and the degree of frustration that he feels. No correlation seems apparent, although the effort was worthwhile nonetheless:

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The inspiration for the chart came when Boehner, like Cruz, was asked this week how Congress is going to break the stalemate over immigration and Department of Homeland Security funding.

“Why don’t you go ask the Senate Democrats when they’re going to get off their ass (Note: That would be an “A” word) and do something other than to vote no?” said the speaker.

He didn’t mean it to be funny, but context is everything. Coming from a speaker who has presided over by far the least productive era in U.S. congressional history, a speaker who has now scheduled 56 totally futile floor votes to say “no” to ObamaCare without a single committee vote on a plan to replace it, well, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry over that one.

I do know that the choice that Boehner is trying to force upon the Senate and President Obama is distinctly unfunny. “The House did its job,” Boehner insisted in that same press conference. “We won the fight to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions. Now it’s time for the Senate to do their work.”

In other words, if Obama doesn’t resume the forced mass deportation of the so-called “Dreamers” — kids brought here illegally by their immigrant parents, kids who have known no country but this one — Boehner and his colleagues will shut down a major department of the federal government. I know of no perspective from which that is a laughing matter.

 

 

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LeninTime
LeninTime

@EliasDenny

At least the president in 2015 doesn't intentionally lie about WMD like someone I can remember. 

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Obama's lies are actually worse, more insidious than Bush's. 

(See: "Russian aggression".)

EliasDenny
EliasDenny

At least the president in 2015 doesn't intentionally lie about WMD like someone I can remember. 

Tiberius Constitutionus
Tiberius Constitutionus

Is it just me, or is the air in here much, much fresher now that LilBooger has been expelled?

Aztec
Aztec

I agree. There is no one funnier than Joe Biden when he is trying to be serious.  Hillary is a riot and the entire Democrat party now has reached the point where they give the Democrat response to Obama's speeches before the Republican response.  Sometimes before the president stops speaking, they explain what he said his not what he said. We all; recently saw the Democrat party defend the President's Prayer Day Comments and then a few days later denied he said what he said.  I believe that would be clinically diagnoses as psychotic dementia. 

gotalife
gotalife

@Aztec It is hilarious watching your party fail to govern again.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Aztec 

There is no one funnier than Joe Biden...

Sure there is.

It's Sarah "Snowbilly Snooki" Palin every time she opens her mouth.

Funnier still are the people who believed she could be VP.

Orange15
Orange15

"obama war proposal unites Congress: From either side, they hate it"


The circus is back in town!!!

Gmare
Gmare

Just posted this on FNM. In case there are some here who don't go there: Sunday night, 8:00, NBC is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. I hope they show the Landshark ....

The Doom
The Doom

Blogging and banking some Obamacare at the same time. Took an hour and a half almost to get the marketplace on the line. But now I'm writing my 3rd app. Just conference in the client, make the marketplace rep do all the work filling out the app, and then just advise the client at the very end as to which plan to select. Gawd I love me the kooks! For Obamacare I say tanks. Tank you very much kooks. Tanks! 

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Doom Classical liberal


Insurance brokers’ businesses are taking a hit due to Obamacare, according to a new survey from McKinsey and Company. 

One-third of independent insurance brokers say they’re considering leaving their profession entirely because of the health-care law, according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 independent brokers during Obamacare’s first open enrollment period, the Washington Examiner reports. Twenty-nine percent report that the law has hurt their businesses directly.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/24/insurance-brokers-obamacare-is-harder-work-for-lower-pay/

The Doom
The Doom

@Nobody_Knows


Yeah. I've heard it from some of the small group brokers who lost a good chunk of business from a lot of employers who dumped their more generous employer plans. 


I can see them hurting if they've been doing it for awhile and had established business where health is the main thing they were doing. For them it indeed hurts their business. But for someone like me who never did a great deal of individual business its somewhat of a small bonanza . Its just not not big money. Takes an hour almost to do each app and the 3 I did tonight only paid me about $180 for the first 2 and around $275 for the last one. And that money is spread out over the year.  Still easy business though and if you're constantly writing the binness it starts adding up. 

The Doom
The Doom

@Nobody_Knows


I almost forgot to mention that I did notice in the article that a lot of brokers expressed a lot of frustration in all the time and the hangups its taken doing apps through the exchange. The federal website is indeed still screwed up after all this time. I just quit doing it online long ago. I just call the marketplace, make the fed worker do all the tedious work of filling out the app, and I just advise the client on which plan to pick at the end. If you use any of the software, even from the carriers, you'll get screwed by how bad the federal website still is. Gubment incompetency at its worst. 

Gmare
Gmare

RBG rocks! I wish we had at least 5 more like her on that court.

Brosephus
Brosephus

@LeninTime 

Lots of stuff comes in through Long Beach and the other West Coast ports.  We're going to see a glimpse into the long-term problems with offshoring and outsourcing manufacturing as well as curtailing warehousing goods.  The just-in-time shipping model is good to aid profits because of not incurring warehousing costs, but when you can't get just-in-time goods, the entire wheel stops spinning.

Gmare
Gmare

Thank you, Common. :)

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime If CA was a right to work state then those strikers could be replaced tomorrow and the price of goods would start coming down for the middle class. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 @LeninTime

The unions are on the side of the bosses. 

When the pent up rage of the workers spills out beyond them, the unions won't be able to control them.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

"...conservatives have a hard time being funny,..."

OTOH check out the pic of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the CNN website, passed out cold during the recent SOTU address, too much wine she said. Now THAT'S funny. 

Gmare
Gmare

Kanye? I guess I'm not enlightened. :(

Gmare
Gmare

Thank you , my dear. :)

moonbat_betty
moonbat_betty

LOL, I'm glad we have the liberals (aka little Kanyes) telling us what is good and what is funny.

Proceed, enlightened ones.


KUTGF
KUTGF

A Republican state senator in South Carolina called women “a lesser cut of meat” and suggested that they belonged barefoot and pregnant, the libertarian-leaning blog FITS News reports.

Chauvinist in any context, Corbin’s remarks occurred during a legislative dinner this week to discuss domestic violence legislation. Sources present at the meeting told FITS that Corbin directed his comments at fellow GOP state senator Katrina Shealy, the sole woman in the 46-member chamber.

“I see it only took me two years to get you wearing shoes,” Corbin told Shealy, who won election in 2012. Corbin, the site explains, is said to have previously cracked that women should be “at home baking cookies” or “barefoot and pregnant,” not serving in the state legislature.

“He makes comments like that all the time to everybody – including Senator Shealy,” said one legislative aide who spoke to FITS. Indignant at Corbin’s rank sexism, Shealy asked him where he “got off” making such remarks.

“Well, you know God created man first,” a smirking Corbin replied. “Then he took the rib out of man to make woman. And you know, a rib is a lesser cut of meat.”

Corbin appears to have a penchant for offensive or downright bizarre statements. During a 2013 speech on the Common Core education standards, he reportedly embarked on a tangent about “gay man juice.”

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But but but there is no GOP war on women......  ehhhh that may be true.  The GOP is certainly trying to corner the market on stupidity.  ;) 

The Doom
The Doom

@KUTGF


So some obscure state senator is making off color jokes. 


And THIS is what the kooks spend their time being all pouty about? Good grief. 


Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@KUTGF And I suppose there's just no chance AT ALL that in the male-centric society of 2000+ years ago that, knowing we are all born of women, they just could NOT stand to think that without women they wouldn't even be here.  And so the propaganda that women are inferior

Just no chance whatsoEVER