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GOP: Laughter is the best medicine for Republicans

Letter by Andy Asmussen, Puyallup on Nov. 11, 2011 at 9:59 am with 67 Comments »
November 11, 2011 9:59 am

They say that laughter is the best medicine. The Republicans continue to hold that dearly as a plank for their party’s agenda. I’m just not sure I want “comedians” representing my America.

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  1. I don’t find the prospects for the next (or continuing) Administration amusing in the slightest.

  2. lovethemountains says:

    Well Andy you have a choice. Comedians or idiots…..take your pick. The prospects look pretty bad no matter which way we go.

  3. blakeshouse says:

    Much better a comedian who KNOWS what it means to be a leader than a socialist who hasn’t got a clue

  4. old_benjamin says:

    What’s that you say, Andy? You don’t intend to vote for Joe Biden?
    whatever will Charley McCarthy do for a straightman?

  5. That’s actually sort of funny, considering how many leftists get their “hard news” from a comedian on The Comedy Channel.

  6. sandblower says:

    The republicans are not funny Andy and it isn’t nice to laugh at their ignorance.

  7. NickDixon says:

    Some people are certainly agitated

  8. klthompson says:

    As a nonpartisan I tend to laugh as I see the Europeans try to survive their experience with socialism at the same time as I see Obama touting European socialism as something to work toward. Is this rich or what?

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    How did this even qualify as a LTE?

    Actually, Andy, you funny guy, republicans are running on smaller govt, strong national defense, simplified tax code, and undoing Obamacare. We elected a great public speaker, and how is it working for America? We elected a president who desired social reform, and, when faced with an economic mess, did nothing to help the average non-union American.

    Perry would make a better President. The guy who sweeps the floor after the debate would be a better President.

  10. klthompson…I’ve mentioned this repeatedly and it just gets ignored. I do not get how we can look right at these dismal failures and just keep driving the truck towards the edge of the cliff.

    If voters keep Obama in office, they have no one but themselves to blame for what comes next.

    As for the GOP, the whole political bank is essentially bankrupt at this point, but it is time for President Obama to cash in our chips and go home. I can think of a couple of comedians I’d vote for if it meant helping him pack.

  11. aasmussen says:

    Ooops…Rick’s off to ‘Comedy Central’ to get the name of all those agencies he forgot…

  12. That’s actually sort of funny, considering how many leftists get their “hard news” from a comedian on The Comedy Channel.

    In yet another true but yet sadly pitiful story from OWS. I was on the OWS site and they have a survey for all to fill out… by a professor of course.

    Sure enough, one of the questions was where do you get your news from…

    you guessed it – John Stewart – Comedy Channel – was listed as a choice along with CNN, MSNBC, ABC, Fox, PBS, etc…

    At a total loss as to how the occupiers that be think John Stewart as a news source.

    In that same survey, they left out CBS and NBC as choices. I thought that odd…

  13. Better Stewart than Bill Maher and Janine Girofolo whose last name I can never remember how to spell.

  14. NickDixon says:

    Don’t use the computer in front of you to check name spellings.

    Meanwhile, my applause to the letter writer. 3 sentences and the Republican forum representation comes unhinged.

    As Tom Skerrit said in “A River Runs Through It” – “half as much”

  15. bobcat1a says:

    At least Stewart knows he’s a comedian, unlike Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly.

  16. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Bobcat, the bigger tragedy is that Stewart’s viewers have no idea he is a comedian.

    Watch Bill O every now and then. He admits his bias but encourages viewers to make up their own minds after showing both sides of a story.

  17. old_benjamin says:

    Ironically, the only professional comedian in Congress is that Democrat clown from Minnesota Al Franken. First Jesse Ventura and now Franken. Minnesotans take their humor seriously it seems.

  18. concerned7 – “Bobcat, the bigger tragedy is that Stewart’s viewers have no idea he is a comedian.”

    sozo – “Better Stewart than Bill Maher and Janine Girofolo whose last name I can never remember how to spell.”

    Excellent point concerned, it is the viewers making that assessment and that is indeed a scary concept, especially when Stewart will tell you he is not.

    The news industry will be clearly on a self-destructive path when The Bill Maher Show is considered a news source. To paraphrase a great American… “… this industry is lost…”

  19. bobcat – when Bill O does his Talking Points as an example. He clearly lays out a premise, provides factual reasoning for that premise and summarizes his position.

    Typically he has on a guest (or two at times) where the first quesiton out of his mouth is “Where am I going wrong ‘insert guest name’ ”

    Bill O is actively looking for a contrarian position to discuss and debate. How this is not Liberal nirvana is a mystery…

  20. xx O’Reilly always has representatives from both sides of controversial issues in to present their cases to the audience. He butts in too much sometimes, has a hot head and a strident opinion (his name IS O’Reilly!!) but he gets mail all day long accusing him of being too liberal on this and that.

    The caricture of this guy is off the mark, like most caricatures are.

  21. Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. Oh dear.

  22. ND: “3 sentences and the Republican forum representation comes unhinged.”

    Well, I guess if you consider laughing at leftists makes one “unhinged”, you’re right there.

    You’re not very good at what you do, ND. Yes, we know it’s a tact of the left to proclaim conservatives “unhinged”, or whatever synonym thereof when discussing anything that the left has no debate points for, but you make it so obvious.

  23. Not sure how a group that has idolized the star of “Bedtime for Bonzo” can, with a straight face, ridicule any other politician’s former profession.

  24. NickDixon says:

    Jesse Ventura claimed he was an Independent. Franken, although an actor and comedian is a graduate of Harvard.

  25. NickDixon says:

    They claim Limbuagh is an “entertainer”.

    I wonder who he entertains? The people I hear from take him seriously.

  26. “.. Bedtime for Bonzo”

    Seriously, that’s what you’ve got? The guy was an actor before moving into politics, and if memory serves, doesn’t the left put Hollywood up on a pedestal for their political commentary? You guys crack me up, man .. :)

  27. “Franken, although an actor and comedian is a graduate of Harvard.”

    Yeah, but he was in “Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein”, so he isn’t to be taken seriously.

  28. Hey, I have no problem with actors and comedians getting into politics. I just can’t stand a couple of the primary spokespeople for the left who happen to claim comedy as their gig. It’s not their “profession” and I use the word loosely, that gripes me, it’s just THEM.

    On the other hand, I’m a big fan of Dennis Miller who I think is more intelligent than all of the aforementioned combined. So there you are.

  29. Nick Dixon really sounds like Kardnos. Has someone already noted this?

  30. NickDixon says:

    sozo – kardnos was a purveyor of truth also?

    According to another thread, “ehill” is “kard” or “kardnos” or “kardy”.

  31. NickDixon says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_and_the_Chipmunks_Meet_Frankenstein

    Can’t seem to find Franken’s name on the list of actors

  32. NickDixon says:

    For a look at Franken’s career (it ain’t Death Valley Days)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Franken

  33. Not clear on how “Bedtime for Bonzo” is more intellectually rigorous than “Alvin and the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein”

    And just where did you get that Franken was in the above mentioned?

    These are the credits I found – Al Franken isn’t listed:

    Directed by Kathi Castillo

    Produced by Kathi Castillo, Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karman

    Written by Mary Shelley (“character”), John Loy

    Starring Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Dee Bradley Baker, Michael Bell, Mary Kay Bergman, Dody Goodman, Janice Karman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Frank Welker

    Music by Mark Watters

    Editing by Jay Bixsen

    Studio Bagdasarian Productions, Universal Animation Studios

    Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment

  34. if memory serves

    Don’t normally take Alzheimer’s shots as my mother has it but….when it comes to Reagan that is an appropriate question.

  35. I agree sozo, I don’t have problem with the politics of an actor as long as I am not invoulantarily paying to see propagnada when I expected a story.

    Martin Sheen is an example of a liberal who is active in causes but is able to seperate his movie persona from his personal life. When I see Martin Sheen onscreen/TV I see an actor playing a role.

    Sean Penn is the opposite extreme. I don’t know what I see anymore so I end up staying away from his movies.

    I don’t want to see a liberal movie or a conservative movie, I just want to see a GOOD movie…

    Dennis Miller is a riot, caught him the other day on OReilly… was laughing out loud.

    He and Bill go out on the road together. I see Dennis as typical Dennis, I think old Bill lets what’s left of his hair down on the road. Either way, serious topics, funny spin.

  36. see what I mean BB, think about it… was that really necessary to point out?

    we all need so help don’t we?

  37. sozo – perceptions are accurate and yes.

  38. ND: “beerBoy – in another thread, “lanq” has asserted that Bush made weekly visits to Walter Reed without any press.”

    Don’t remember that comment, but I do feel honored that you felt compelled to use the internet to investigate me. No conservative is complete without leftists trying to dig up any s— they can about them.

    And yes, Bush did make many trips to Walter Reed to visit wounded soldiers. Sorry junior, you’ve failed.

  39. BlaineCGarver says:

    As we watch the EU come apart because of socialism, why would we want to emulate them? World socialism will be everyone doing each other’s laundry and the One World Gubment doling out To Each According To Their Needs.

  40. NickDixon says:

    ehill is also ‘kard’. Just ask the usual cast of characters

  41. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Kard/Dick- I made that comment. One of my Squad Leaders lost a leg in AFG. He went to Walter Reed. Bush came and pinned his PH. I looked into it further (by speaking with people from WR) and they said he made regular appearances.

    So go $%^& yourself.

  42. Blaine: “As we watch the EU come apart because of socialism, why would we want to emulate them?”

    The left thinks it’s cool to imitate European socialism, because you don’t have to work hard, and can quit in your fifties. That this is failing within a generation is irrelevant to the left. They’re lazy. Laziness is bringing Europe down, We’ve recognized laziness for what it it here, long before these chumps pitched their little tents that they don’t actually spend the night in.

  43. NickDixon says:

    http://www.bing.com/search?q=bush+visits+soldiers+at+Walter+Reed&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE8SRC

    tell us how anonymous Bush’s visits were. the excrement is stinking up the forum.

  44. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Loser, your own link proves me correct. No one said it was top secret, just not a public spectacle.

  45. no one said anonymous just low key…

    and then theirs the link…

    eat some…

  46. NickDixon says:

    concernedtacoma7 – no. My link proves that there was a whole bunch of press whenever Bush went anywhere.

    sometimes the obvious is difficult to detect.

  47. NickDixon says:

    For many Americans, the failure of the government to anticipate and then remedy the conditions at Walter Reed was an unforgivable moral affront. The moldy ceilings, leaky plumage, rodent infestations and bureaucratic bundling were disturbing in and of themselves. That these indignities were inflicted on soldiers that the administration had sent to fight a controversial war was maddening.

    “I was placed in a room that didn’t have heat in the winter,” recalled former Walter Reed resident Brian McGough, a senior adviser to the nonprofit VoteVets.org. “It took forever for them to fix it, so I was finally moved into another facility.”

    I’m guessing that Bush didn’t visit weekly during this episode

  48. you boys find any tasty nits there? You keep picking at them like it was really, really important.

  49. aislander says:

    God, I want to go for a swim in a pool of Purell after reading some of the above crap…

  50. citizen65 says:

    NickDixon: I agree. The government does nothing well. Why should we put in charge of anything other than it’s minimum requirements.

  51. I think it would be fun to see O’Reilley and Miller. I don’t like Bill very much as he does, indeed, come across as pompous at times. But I love how Dennins Miller reduces him to tears of laughter with those rapid-fire witticisms of his.

    Miller would have been called a liberal before 9/11, but that day shook him awake.

  52. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Kard’s blogging comrade- nice deflection. Open your link, look 3-4 stories down.

    I have a personal interest in wounded Warriors. I know the care they receive is top notch. You try and use them as tool.

  53. Concenered7,
    Most people know Stewart is a comedian.
    Anyone who doesn’t is a somnambulant zombie.

    Concerned and lanq.
    We know Bush visited Walter Reed 16 times in 8 years ( or twice a year).
    Unless you can provide a reliable link that show Obama has visited Walter
    Reed less than 6 times since he’s been in office you have $*() for brains.

  54. concernedtacoma7 says:

    We know BHO only visits troops while on vacation (to justify to trip) or on a political victory tour (celebrating success due to Bush’s policies he openly disliked).

    You prove otherwise, comrade.

  55. oring: “Concerned and lanq.
    We know Bush visited Walter Reed 16 times in 8 years ( or twice a year).
    Unless you can provide a reliable link that show Obama has visited Walter
    Reed less than 6 times since he’s been in office you have $*() for brains.”

    You seriously have got to be s—ing me. You’re keeping score of the amount of times “your” guy visits wounded soldiers? Honest to God, I can’t imagine the pathetic existence.

  56. Concerned – Do a search on “Obama visits Walter Reed” disproves you lie.

    Lanq – I’m not – neither is your side – or we would not be wasting time on such trivia and minutia.

  57. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Xring- you google it and prove me wrong. Or are you too busy writing another LTE?

  58. “Lanq – I’m not – neither is your side – or we would not be wasting time on such trivia and minutia”

    “We know Bush visited Walter Reed 16 times in 8 years ( or twice a year).
    Unless you can provide a reliable link that show Obama has visited Walter
    Reed less than 6 times since he’s been in office you have $*() for brains.”

    Come again? :)

  59. heys guys – xring is not the sharpest knife in the rack…

    I have had a couple of post from him that I was glad I was drunk, stoned from pot and mainlining heroin in order to respond…

    one was so bad that he said something to me and did a complete 180 in the same post to someone else…

    that was hilarious… in a pitiful sort of way.

  60. A quick google revealed this:
    June 17, 2011 Friday’s visit to Walter Reed was Mr. Obama’s third there, his 10th overall to a military hospital.
    http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/afghanistan/Obama-Visits-Wounded-Soldiers-Consults-on-Afghanistan-124106669.html

    There were several stories on Oct 10 about another visit. I’m not going to waste more time being your research monkey.

    So – for those who think this is really, really, really important: Obama has made at least 11 visits to military hospitals.

  61. But – as the nitpickers will see – it seems that Obama has made only 4 total visits to Walter Reed specifically (apparently that is the only hospital that counts?)

  62. When dealing with boneheads and zombies I prefer a long-
    handled sand-pointed shovel.

    bB – the four visits are the official visits – what our right wing cousins would call photo ops.

    I could find documentation for only 3 official Bush visits to WR.

  63. “I could find documentation for only 3 official Bush visits to WR”

    They are there… they can be hard to find… so you just keep looking, ok…. good job buddy :)

  64. From a Paulie

    The Irrelevance of the Republican Party
    The first myth to dispense with is that the GOP is a conservative political party. The millions of registered Republican voters, that truly want a genuine conservative to lead this nation, are disappointed with every election cycle. The idiots that emerge as the standard-bearer of the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, are would be despots, wrapped in the flag of a failed empire. The comic performances in the arena of staged debates, just proves that the party of NeoCons, deserves trouncing into the ground of their blood stained soil.

    http://theintelhub.com/2011/11/14/the-irrelevance-of-the-republican-party/

  65. Meanwhile – CBS covered the last 90 minute debate in 60 minutes, of which Ron Paul was granted 89 total seconds.

  66. “Stewart’s viewers have no idea he is a comedian”

    And you know this because…? Oh, that’s right. You don’t know it.

  67. “doesn’t the left put Hollywood up on a pedestal for their political commentary?”

    Nope. Yet another right-wing myth.

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