Thursday, July 24, 2008

Satire is dead! Long live satire!

"As Obama Visits Germany, McCain Visits German Restaurant"

With the WaPo printing headlines like this, the DailyShow is facing stiff competition from real news outlets. My favorite version was hearing Jim Lehrer intone an almost identical description, even if it did leave me waiting for the cut back to Jon Stewart doing a double-take.

This moderately surreal event reminds me of the observation of another Lehrer--Tom--that giving Kissinger the Nobel Peace Prize made satire obsolete.

Some reported that this was McCain's way of mocking Obama. For what? For Obama accepting McCain's challenge to travel abroad more, and then using that travel to expand his popularity in the U.S. and demonstrate his popularity with foreign leaders? McCain's own laments at the restaurant that serves "The Best of the Wurst!" didn't really make his case for himself:

"Well I'd love to give a speech in Germany to -- a political speech -- or a speech that maybe the German people would be interested in."
Hell, why not start closer to home and give a speech in the U.S. that Americans would be interested in?

Perhaps someone on McCain's staff can do a Google to find an effective campaign strategy.

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1 comment:

  1. I still listen to my 60s vintage recordings, and they seem so current every time I play them. The more things change. . . "They're rioting in Africa, they're starving in Spain" right down to "What nature doesn't do to us will be done by our fellow man." the more they stay the same. Credit Tom Lehrer for the original words.