Laughing at, but not with, our politicians

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 10, 2012 - 9:16 PM

Campaign marked by a lot of political humor, but few humorous politicians.

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comment229Aug. 11, 12 6:23 AM

The Daily show and Colbert Report are satirical? I didn't know that. I think they are closer to the truth than anything else. If I want to chuckle I watch these shows. They are both a breath of fresh air. If I want to get depressed, Rove style, I make some pop corn and watch Limbaugh make a damn fool of himself again and again..... as well as the people who buy into his crap on commentaries. They back up his opinions, with their opinions, until someone repeats it as a fact they heard somewhere from somebody. It is priceless.

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owatonnabillAug. 11, 12 7:21 AM

Laughing at vs. laughing with is a good distinction, and we see more of the former at the expense of seeing less of the latter because of the nature of the people in public office today. Gone are the days of Ronald Reagan deflecting criticism about his age by referring to his conversation with Benjamin Franklin. Instead, we get the pomposity of Joe Biden or the humorless ego of John McCain. In order to get someone to laugh WITH them, that person first has to have the grace and humor to laugh AT themselves. That particular quality is in far too short supply today.

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liora51Aug. 11, 12 8:33 AM

Satire is often the deeper truth

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roymercerAug. 11, 12 9:36 AM

One thing Raasch neglected to mention. Obama is off limits with comedians.

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bluebird227Aug. 11, 12 9:55 AM

Check out Colbert's interview with Keith Ellison from the other day. Pure genious!

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texas_technomanAug. 11, 12 5:08 PM

What, no letter's slamming Al for stealing an election with all that voter fraud? The Tea Partiers must all be up at the Game Fair in Anoka today!

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gopherfan93Aug. 11, 12 5:15 PM

Obsession with attacking those who dare disagree with their ideology is not satire .... it is hate. Left-wing political hacks who call themselves comedians, like mahre, colbert, and stewart, are haters, not artists. The fact that republicans are #1, #2, and #3 on the list of those attacked by comedians is just proof that it is nothing more than bigotry, bias, and hate. Just look at the biased headline. It is not laughing at our .. "Politicians" .. it is laughing only at republicans and conservatives. Apparently, this is obvious to everyone but Mr. Rash.

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gopherfan93Aug. 11, 12 5:16 PM

"Laughing at vs. laughing with is a good distinction, and we see more of the former at the expense of seeing less of the latter because of the nature of the people in public office today." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I disagree that it has anything to do with the nature of the people in office. These far-left haters like mahre, colbert, and stewart are simply part of a well orchestrated plan to preserve and increase the numbers of radical liberals in office by coordinating non-stop attacks (thinly disguised as humor) on all things republican and/or conservative.

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gopherfan93Aug. 11, 12 5:17 PM

"Satire is often the deeper truth" ------------------------------------------------ It CAN be, but it certainly isn't the way today's left-wing demagogues attempt to do it.

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gopherfan93Aug. 11, 12 5:21 PM

"What, no letter's slamming Al for stealing an election with all that voter fraud? The Tea Partiers must all be up at the Game Fair in Anoka today!" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plenty of conservative comments have been submitted. There's not much we can do if the STrib liberal censors won't print them. You should understand this by now.

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