I spent all my computer time answering email, so I'm just going to wing it and do a quick comedy post. Politics, comedy, same thing these days. John McCain announced he is running for President ... on the David Letterman show. I mean, where else would a serious politician make such an announcement? How else to show America that you've got the right stuff to exercise presidential judgment and control the secret launch codes that can destroy civilization as we know it inside thirty minutes than trading quips with Letterman?
Or maybe Letterman is just angling to be the first Secretary of Comedy, a cabinet office that the electorate would certainly support. If we can have a national Poet Laureate, we can have a Secretary of Comedy! And with a good chunk of the blue-staters taking their public policy cues from comedy shows these days, it's just getting hard to tell the difference between comedy and politics. I almost think some people take their comedy more seriously than they do politics. Just ask Michael Richards. He used to be funny. Now he's political.
And is everyone going to run for President? Will this be like the California special election? That worked out pretty well — Californians are happy with Arnold. So maybe the media should just assume that every single person holding public office or who can get a table reserved for lunch in Hollywood is running for President, then just run stories for people who announce they are not running for President. Those not running automatically enter the pool of potential Vice Presidents. You know, the serious people, the ones not funny enough to be the first-string entertainers, the Ed McMahons of national office. Elect a comedian to be the First Entertainer, but make sure there's a sober and stoic Vice President, a failed comedian, a peacemaker, to actually run the country behind the scenes. Maybe in 2008 we should just ignore the first name on the ticket and focus on the VP contest, the important race. Here's your slogan: "In 2008, Number Two is Number One."