at the late show he works blue…

by lestro

This is a fun piece from CNN’s Political Ticker blog.

It’s about a new bit Sen. Barack Obama debuted the other night at a rally in Vegas.

I haven’t found a video link yet, but I’d love to see it.

Not only is there a fine bit of reporting in the beginning to set up context of the bit, but the schtick actually has the potential to be funny if delivered right.

And is there any doubt Obama can deliver it?

On the Republican side, the race for funnyman in chief is tighter than for the Dems. The frontrunner was (and probably still is) Rudy Giuliani, who has been brilliant on multiple Saturday Night Live appearances, including his legendary show-opener on the first live broadcast after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, during which Lorne Michaels asked the then-mayor “Can we be funny?” to which he responded “Why start now?”

But recently I saw this video of Mike Huckabee doing a Bob Newhart-style phone call with God during the Republican Governor’s Association Dinner in 2004. Again, it’s a politician doing politician schtick, but it’s very well delivered…

That even gives a cross-dressing Rudy and a randy Donald a run for its money…

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UPDATE: The video!

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2 Responses to at the late show he works blue…

  1. twitterpaters says:

    for more, uh, “funny,” perhaps see this:

    “… well before he was a nationally known political star, Huckabee nurtured a relationship with America’s largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens. The extent of Huckabee’s interaction with the racist group is unclear, but this much is known: he accepted an invitation to speak at the group’s annual conference in 1993 and ultimately delivered a videotaped address that was “extremely well received by the audience.”

    … In its “Statement of Principles,” the CofCC declares, “We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”

    http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Huckabee_gave_speech_to_white_supremacists_0118.html

    and this:

    “I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,” Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

    http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Huckabee_Amend_Constitution_to_meet_Gods_0115.html

    and perhaps this:

    http://maxblumenthal.com/archives/198

  2. twitterpaters says:

    and there’s this:

    “Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee defended South Carolina’s right to display the confederate flag on public grounds. “You don’t like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag,” he said. “If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell them what to do with the pole; that’s what we’d do.””

    http://thinkprogress.org/2008/01/18/thinkfast-january-18-2008/

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