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The Economist's pseudononymous Lexington writes that President Obama baffles most comedians: "David Letterman, a talk-show host, describes him as 'cogent, eloquent, and in complete command of the issues' and sighs: 'What the hell am I supposed to do with that?'"

But the one exception to the rule is The Onion, Lexington writes. "Hence the headline that greeted Mr Obama's election victory: 'Black Man Given Nation's Worst Job'. The Onion News Network, an online video venture, did a segment entitled 'Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters to Realise How Empty Their Lives Are'."

Furthermore, "the way more serious journalists fawn over the new president offers an irresistible target. 'Media Having Trouble Finding Right Angle on Obama's Double Homicide', the Onion reported last month. '"I know there's a story in there somewhere,"' said the editor of Newsweek, after Mr Obama brutally murdered a suburban couple."

By Dan Froomkin  |  May 27, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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The problem for the right is that they just aren't good at humor. It isn't just lame exhibitions like Rove at the Correspondent's dinner, think of the efforts to mount a right leaning alternative to Jon Stewart. There are any number of examples of this, but rather than documentation, the interesting point to explore is why that is apparently true.

Posted by: eroot | May 27, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

And who can forget this Onion classic from March, 2008:
Black Guy Asks Nation For Change

Posted by: schizmo | May 27, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

eroot sums it up. Where is the humor among conservatives? All they seem to have is the meanness and pettyness of a Coulter or a Limbaugh. Bad attempts of copying Stewart & Colbert such as 1/2 hour News or Red Eye or a no-talent unfunny cartoonist i.e Bruce Tinsley's Mallard Fillmore.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | May 27, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

eroot is right on target. We have friends with whom we can never talk politics. We like these folks, but they are completely humorless in their Republicanism. When given a humorous line, one of them says, "That's funny" with as flat a response as I've ever seen. I'd noticed that before. eroot makes it relevant. (And that's funny too!)

Posted by: TheFrog1 | May 28, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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