Here’s how Maureen Dowd (TimesSelect sub. required) describes Lynne Cheney’s feeble attempt at political humor (at the expense of her husband) at the Gridiron Dinner:
…Cheney is a practiced speaker, but a bit tone-deaf on humor. At the Gridiron dinner here on Saturday, she said of her husband: “He has a great sense of humor. Just the other day I asked him, ‘Do you know how many terrorists it takes to paint a wall?’ And he answered right back, ‘It depends on how hard you throw them.’ ”
People laughed, but it felt creepy, the kind of humor that makes more terrorists.
Hilarious. And not “a bit tone-deaf,” but fully and completely tone-deaf. Or how about brutal, cruel, and sadistic? The kind of joke that the racist Tom Buchanan would’ve told to Daisy in The Great Gatsby.
In her column she touts Barack Obama for ’08 and disses Hillary Clinton’s prospects. While I’m no fan of Clinton, I don’t think she can be dismissed so easily. But I have a far better suggestion: Russell Feingold. At least, the guy has guts in introducing a censure motion against Bush for NSA spying. And he’s not playing to the right gallery as Hillary Hawk seems to be doing.
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