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A Candidate, a Congresswoman, and a Lobbyist Walk into a Bar...

A Candidate, a Congresswoman, and a Lobbyist Walk into a Bar...

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It's the old brainteaser: If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, did it make a sound? Given how many of us get our news from the Daily Show and its ilk, if a politician says something funny or absurd and no one's around to lampoon it, did it really happen at all? With the writers' strike in its fifth week, we're in quite a political humor drought... does that mean politicians get a free ride? I mean, there's got to be something to President Bush speaking yesterday about Santa Claus and Congress... and when presidential candidate Mike Gravel said the new National Intelligence Estimate "drop-kicked" said President in the NPR debate yesterday, I laughed out loud. Imagine a line like that in the hands of a true comedian... or his or her writer. And let's not forget Chuck Norris endorsing Mike Huckabee! These are some pretty easy marks for me to pick out, but the folks whose job this is, the writers for shows like the Late Show with David Letterman, must be going nuts with an bounty of mockable material, and no outlet! Have you spotted raw political material for the comedy writers that's just going to fade into the ether without their help? How would you write the joke?

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