October 20th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Matt Graham News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Nobody Works Anymore: Awkward!

Palin & Fey 2

So apparently last week was the Republicans' "Let's make awkward appearances on the Elite Media's comedy shows and try to smile as they rip on us" week. It was about as cringe inducing as it sounds.

First, Presidential candidate John "Mayday! Mayday!" McCain showed up for a chat with Dave Letterman. Here's a link . It's bit long, so make sure you've got about 25 minutes on your hands, but it's worth it, especially for the part when Letterman starts grilling him about Palin.

This was of course a makeup for the time McCain blew Letterman off in order to save the country by putting his his campaign on hold -- a move that entailed McCain bravely, solmenly going on several other talk shows and then engaging in Congressional negotiations he wasn't needed for and that tanked soon afterward as his adds continued to run all over the country. So it didn't work, but it's the thought that counts. Or in the case of McCain's senile brain, the attempt at thought .

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Attaboy Letterman. People are losing their jobs, wars are taking place all over the world and the environment is in perilous shape. But how dare someone cancel on you!

His running mate Sarah Palin followed this up with an appearance on the show that has parlayed its savaging of her into some of its highest ratings ever, SNL. You can see her here and here .

As great as those videos were, my favorite part is the analysis provided in the comments section below them. Here's one from lbranch:
1 did u forget about uss cole the was clinton first bomb world trade towers not bush . the embasys getting blown up clinton. and geuss what he did he tried a few people in our courts. they got exactley what they wanted from those first terrorist acts. they got there guysoin tv to spread there wordcome on thinki know u obama followers arentthat nieve. bush reacted the way clinton shouldve he took the fight to there homehave we been attcked here sence no i dont think so. its call bein proactive

Is there any place like the message board of a late-night network comedy show for reasoned political discourse? I think not.

Also, for those who missed the look Palin and Fey gave each other (or is that didn't give?), here you go:
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Gee, you don't think there's any hard feelings there, do you?

I guess the GOP is thinking that the turn to humor will help them win an election that is looking increasingly unwinnable . That, and the hope that these guys will stalk the outside of the voting booths with guns to make sure that only "real Americans" cast a ballot .

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I know this is supposed to be a humor column, but fuck man, that's some scary shit.

At least things like this still happen in the world:

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