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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/ 7/2009

The Morning Line: When is a Gag Too Old to Be 'Topical'?

By Michael Cavna

John Edwards's presidential aspirations may have died long ago, but his cheatin'-heart shenanigans continue to have one long shelf-life in "Candorville."

Which prompts us to ask: What is the life span of campaign controversies as fodder, anyway? Are they eternally, curiously "fresh" somehow, like vending-machine Twinkies, or Spam?

A good rule of thumb, wethinks: When a new president has been actually inaugurated, it's high time to ditch those final, sputtering, bargain-basement campaign gags. Outside of Minnesota, at least, no one can hold on to a campaign this long.



"Judge Parker's" Sam Driver has finally -- finally -- shaken Dixie's death-grip and now Heidi "Peek-a-Boo Badge" Roberts is ready to take him home in handcuffs. Sam still has far to go, though, to break Mark Trail's record for Most Rebuffed Women Who Are Improbably Drawn to a Slick-Haired Hero in Peril...


Yet again, "Lio" can be counted on for high-quality Character Cross-Pollination. And Charlie Brown thought getting his kite caught in a tree was harrowing...

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What's this? Is Wiley sucking up big-time to his own syndicate's executives in "Non Sequitur"? Actually, I've heard from several folk over the years that John McMeel -- if not a saint -- at least has performed a cartooning miracle or two. To them, Wiley is merely playing fair-and-balanced reporter.


That's all for today. 'Riffs, too, can have a short attention span.

By Michael Cavna  | January 7, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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I'm not sure what the exact life span of John Edwards, et al, political humor is, but it was weeks, if not months, before today.

Posted by: JkR- | January 7, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The John Edwards reappearance counts as a running gag. Besides, last week Prickly City was tirading about a six month old Supreme Court eminent domain case. Yawn. Stantis must have yanked that out of the idea pile when the clock ran out on 'liberal coyote running for President' gags.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 7, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

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