What passes for Republican 'humor'

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Can you imagine the reaction of Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck if a prominent Democrat “joked” about Dick Cheney, George W. Bush or Sarah Palin drowning?  I’ve no doubt they’d call for the politician’s resignation, perhaps labeling him a terrorist sympathizer just for good measure. They’d surely demand an immediate apology.

Which makes all the more interesting this post from The Hill (via Politicalwire.com) about an hilarious evening with Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.  At a National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat, Kyl reportedly was a big hit when he asked:

“So [President Barack] Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and [Majority Leader] [Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] are in a row boat, and it springs a leak and starts to sink. Who gets saved?”

Answer: “The American people.”

Now don’t be too mean to Kyl.  The Hill says the joke, in any case, originated with late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel (a source volunteered this, not Kyl).

It further reported that Kyl’s office and the White House declined comment.

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About jerrylanson

I teach, write, coach and sing, though you're not required to listen to the latter. I'm a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. My third book, "Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves," was published in November by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing. You can read a sample chapter at www.jerrylanson.com. My passions are politics (generally liberal in outlook), music, mountains, golden retrievers and my grandchildren, though not in that order. Please stop by and mix it up with me. I always answer those who post.
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