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Unexpected Comedy: The Five Funniest Politicians Unexpected Comedy: 5 Funniest Buffy Episodes
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Politics is serious
business, or at least that’s what the humorless and ponderous
pseudo-intellectuals who occupy editorial pages and cable news show
want us to believe. Actually, they need us to believe it or no one
would listen or read the drone of their drippy voices. But be brave
America! There are funny people in politics whose names aren’t
Jon, Stephen or Martin Van Buren! Funny writing in the most unexpected
of places—Political Blogs.

Jason Linkins
(Huffington Post)

Jason Linkins might be the funniest writer alive,
at least he makes me laugh out loud most often. He writes about media
and politics for The Huffington Post, posting almost daily, but his
masterwork is his weekly LiveTivo blog of the Sunday morning
political shows called TV Soundoff: Sunday Talking Heads.

While Linkins style is casual, and sometimes a little too reminiscent
of fanboy lackey sites, it allows him to
shift easily from astute political analysis to calling Senator
Lindsey Graham “Jowly Dave Foley.” He also called
pre-brain tumor (excuses, excuses) Bob Novak “Gozar the
Gozerian” of modern political columnists. Many Republican Slars
died that day, I can tell you. Pop-cultural references aren’t
necessarily funny or necessary, but Linkins is so specific and
accurate that it shocks you into laughter.  Even if he was the least
funny writer on earth, he performs a great service to citizens of
this great country by watching and recapping  all the Sunday morning talk shows so no one else has to suffer.  Seriously people, he‚Äôs
the only person in this campaign who’s ever really fought for
you.

James Wolcott
(Vanity Fair)

In college, before vast series of tubes made life
worth living, I spent way too much time in the library, hunting down
old articles by James Wolcott. Take that, with your getting laid and
pissing off balconies on South Padre Island.

Wolcott started out
chronicling the burgeoning Punk/New Wave music scene in New York that
produced all the t-shirts, and then became a TV critic and probably
one of the last truly honest (and much hated) book critics in the
country.

The blogger Wolcott is freer and funnier, a writer of
mini-essays elegantly composed yet succinct. His humor is based on
rhythm, style and ironic detachment. Targets like National Review’s
The Corner or the moron from Atlas Shrugged have no idea how to deal
with him, like the bully who cries when the smart kid makes all the
other kids realize he’s just covering up his stupidity with
bluster and punches. His book on the idiocy of America’s
punditocracy—Attack Poodles—was an overlooked
classic.

Alex Balk
(Radar)

Yeah, that one. If Alex Balk is a political blogger, then
we are all political bloggers from Georgia now.  But if you follow
his writing on Radar or his Tumblr site, it’s clear that
politics are the new Britney Spears's vagina.

Balk was once the
anonymous proprietor of his own site (The Minor Fall, The Major Lift)
where the focus was culture, Pop and otherwise. Like Uncle of Grambo
of Whatevs he was a truly original stylist and a distinct voice,
snappily comic but never cynical. Both were understandably lured into
the ill-fitting Denton empire and nothing’s been the same
since.

Balk still has a gift for setting up a premises and delivering
the goods. He’s the guy at the corner of the table mumbling
only to his friend and everyone strains to hear but is drowned out by
the jackass talking about The Tao of Steve or some
other inane shit.

Ana Marie Cox (Swampland)

I wasn’t really a Wonkette reader back when she
was at the helm, because I thought politics was for stupid-heads and
people with fat necks.

I can’t imagine a harder task then
making the dithering and blathering of pundits and politicians seem
light and funny. Those schmucks live or die by the seriousness—the
pretend smarter ones call it gravitas—and the biggest threat to
their power is not a block of voters or viewers, it’s a smart
ass. There’s nothing sacred about politics, but it couldn’t
be more important (like I have to tell you that right now).

Cox has
to deal with a political blogging tone that she helped make
acceptable and, like Pauline Kael, she has many imitators but few
equals.

Theoretical
Conservative Blogger

So, I try to be fair. I put on my
Silkwood suit and plunged the internet for like probably thirty
minutes to find a funny conservative political blogger and guess what,
kids? I was pulling my pud, as we use to say in Indiana. Seriously, next time you put on your Salmon color pants and your
madras sport coat and head down to Country Club to complain about
elitists tell one of the funny guys there start themselves a blog.
I’m sure it will be the bee’s knees.

I mean there are
funny conservatives: P.J. O’Rourke, Chris and William Buckley,
H.L. Mencken (his conservatism is debatable), Rush Limbaugh’s
pharmacist… I could go on for like three more names. But these
people don‚Äôt have blogs. The ones who do?  Shit, the whole
point of this column is to point out intentional comedy.

So,
hilarious hypothetical conservative blogger of the future, I'll update
when you slouch your way towards the laptop, waiting to be born to a
trust fund.

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