In Praise of McCain Palin’s Sense of Humor

Yes, I know I am annoyingly pro-Barack Obama, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t praise the Republican candidates when praise is due. For example, John McCain was very funny on last Saturday’s Saturday Night Live. It’s a shame that his self-deprecating humor doesn’t come off more frequently on the campaign trail, another trait linking him to Bob Dole’s failed presidential attempt. While I did not like the Sarah Palin crank call, I think that she actually came across as much more likable, natural, and ultimately as a good sport. Quite the opposite of making a fool out of herself — though she did reveal herself and her team to be overly gullible — Palin was nice and genuine. In that sense, the Canadian pranksters totally failed to embarrass her.

And of course to plug my own candidate, I should mention that Barack Obama was very good on The Daily Show with John Stewart, especially when Stewart joked about the Bradley Effect:

JON STEWART: I don’t even know how to bring this up. Obviously, your mother is from Kansas, she’s a white woman. Your father African. Are you concerned that you may go into the voting booth and…
BARACK OBAMA: I won’t know what to do.
JON STEWART: Your white half will all of a sudden decide I can’t do this.
BARACK OBAMA: Yeah, yeah, it’s a problem.

It’s nice to see all of the candidate with a healthy sense of humor and ability to laugh at themselves. Kudos to all.

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2 responses to “In Praise of McCain Palin’s Sense of Humor

  1. Jordi

    I am worried that the people voting for McCain are the ones not using Internet to show their vote intentions and not answering the street polls, let´s face it, answering “I will vote Obama” seems to be the politically correct answer for everybody. I feel most pro-Obama Americans believe Obama will win and a high participation of undecided republicans can be of great impact to this elections and led to a MacCain presidency. Let´s hope I am totally wrong on my fears and all pro-Obama have done their registration and are allowed to vote! 😉

  2. eric

    Jordi,

    Thanks for reading and for your comments! One thing to keep in mind with respects to the polls is the number of undecided voters. These numbers tend to be close to the difference between the two candidates, so that if say McCain were to get a large percentage of the undecided voters, the race would definitely tighten.

    So, then the question becomes why are these voters undecided and who will they vote for. I have read two differing explanations. The first is that from a historic stand point, the undecided almost always break 50% on election day. The other is that after all of the money Obama has spent on TV ads, traveling around the country, and on last week’s 30 minute infomercial blitz, if you still haven’t gone over to the Obama side yet, then you never will. Then again, there is the peer pressure argument, meaning that no one wants to vote for the loser, so if it looks like Obama is going to win, then the undecided will vote for him.

    Personally, I have no idea, but my guess is that many will go for McCain.

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