I just finished reading an editorial in Sunday’s paper, written by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. In which she suggested that, in the wake of the New Yorker cartoon going over like a fart in church, the Obama campaign needed to get a sense of humor. Her last “zinger” in the piece was something to the effect that “…if Obama gets elected, it won’t be the economy that’s depressed…it will be the rest of us.”
Oh, now there’s a mature point of view.
Apparently, it is a requirement in 21st century America that our leaders entertain as well as govern us.
Did it ever occur to Dowd that some things simply are not funny? Should not be funny?
Oh, yes…a ponderous load of satirical humor has been aimed at the Bush Administration over the last eight years. That was because if we didn’t find a way to laugh at the preposterous performance of Bush and his cronies, we were going to start crying and never stop.
Maybe it’s a good thing that Barack Obama’s earnestness, and, yes, his blackness, are going to make it difficult to inject the kind of mean-spirited humor into Campaign 2008 that has been a hallmark of the past several campaigns. Maybe it’s time America realized that the position in which we find ourselves, after the eight-year run of “Mr. Bush Destroys Washington,” is decidedly unfunny.