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In Case You Missed It …

Mike Huckabee actually managed to be funny on “SNL” over the weekend. Like, for reals.

In other late-night political video goodness, has anyone seen John McCain’s “Secrets” series on Conan O’Brien? This guy is the presumptive Republican nominee, and he’s making cheap — but hilarious — jokes on a late-night talk show. Reagan never would’ve done this; in fact, I think it’s Bob Dole’s self-deprecating sense of humor after his loss in 1992 which opened the door for other G.O.P. candidates to actually show their funny side. The Republicans may get walloped in November (rightfully so), but so far anyway, they’re a lot more amusing. Check it out:

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"funny...SNL"

Nope, sorry. Does not compute.

"I think it’s Bob Dole’s self-deprecating sense of humor after his loss in 1992 which opened the door for other G.O.P. candidates to actually show their funny side."

Bob Dole was always that funny. I guess he just didn't have as much national press until that year, so lots of people weren't as aware of it, but it's not like he suddenly discovered self-deprecating humor in 1992.

"sock it to me?"
-richard m. nixon
appearing on "laugh-in" @ 1968

Think you mean Dole's loss in 1996.

I think it was Bill Clinton playing sax on Arsenio Hall and answering questions about his underpants that led to this trend. Since then, candidates have to be moving on Oprah and funny on the late-night shows. And as much as we'd prefer not to believe it, people do actually consider their performances on these shows when making a voting choice.