Comedian Patton Oswalt on the changing face of politics in America…
"If you want any say in running things, in being prominent, in being taken seriously, then you’d better make fun of yourself. The next president not only will have to have the best economic plan, but he’ll also need to be the funniest in sketches and YouTube videos. No one will respect you until you willingly take yourself down a few dozen pegs. The public no longer wants to be bothered with pulling the exalted from their pedestals — they’d better do a belly flop, of their own volition, preferably into a wading pool of pudding. And then wrestle a porn star."
I don't know. It's kinda hard for me to imagine any of these GOP candidates debasing themselves on a national stage for our entertainment.
Tags: Patton Oswalt, Quote Unquote
* Remember when people used to say nice things about President Obama? He doesn't either.
* Some politicians take job creation very seriously, and then there's this guy.
* "Hank Williams, Jr." makes a valid argument about cats with Hitler mustaches.
* This would win a caption contest.
* Jesus believed in free parking for everyone? Sounds like socialism.
* Patton Oswalt discussing Occupy Wall Street and the free market: The idea of grunge rock was amazing, but unfortunately, Limp Bizkit got ahold of it.
Tags: Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Christianity, Daily Links, Florida, Hank Williams Jr., Michelle Obama, Occupy Wall Street, Patton Oswalt, The Onion, Unemployment
* Lame duck sessions suck. But maybe if they were stuffed inside a chicken and a turkey… And then all wrapped up in bacon… Oh, that's the spot.
* Basil at IMAO: Bail out the Big Three up north or build a fence around the South to keep all the unemployed Democrats out.
* Mo Rocca: Who would make a better teacher for the Obama girls: Mrs. Garrett or Edna Krabappel?
* Asking, telling: Still frowned upon by upcoming Obama administration.
* 23/6's Lee Camp: Ten questions that must be asked of Barack Obama before he's sworn in.
* Saxby Chambliss is camera shy.
* Al Franken closing in on Norm Coleman, according to Franken's personal brand of math.
* SNL looking for an actual black guy to play the kind of black guy.
Tags: Al Franken, Auto Industry, Barack Obama, Economy, Election Day, IMAO, LGBT, Malia Obama, Minnesota, Mo Rocca, Norm Coleman, Patton Oswalt, Pork Barrel, Sasha Obama, Saturday Night Live, Saxby Chambliss
Come on, Georgia. How Florida-adjacent do you really want to be?
Although John McCain already conceded the presidency to Barack Obama, reliably Republican Georgia had yet to tally some 100,000 votes from heavily populated counties, complicating the process of awarding the state's 15 electoral votes.
The Associated Press held off calling Georgia for McCain because of outstanding absentee and early votes in the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett.
When those votes come in, it's likely that incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss will face a runoff against his Democratic challenger, Jim Martin. For those of you who don't remember the only guy you ever heard of named Saxby who wasn't an extra-canonical Star Wars character, he's the guy who defeated disabled Vietnam veteran Max Cleland in 2002 with an ad juxtaposing Cleland's face with Osama Bin Laden's. Patton said it best last night:
"Please baby Jesus, make Saxby Chambliss lose in Georgia. Also, it'd be nice if he could wander onto some train tracks and get T-boned by a commuter express."
Tags: Barack Obama, Election Day, Georgia, Jim Martin, John McCain, Patton Oswalt, Saxby Chambliss
I knew I said I'd be blogging 'til 8:30, but I'm kind of overcome right now.
My wife is crying, my dog is getting a belly rub, and I feel like I'm treading against the warm undertow of our bad history flowing away, turning to vapor as we move forward. Bluuuugh! There's something in the air, and no matter what I do, my fingers can only type airy platitudes. Sorry guys.
Please imagine a fart sound in your minds, to counteract my pretentious, happy horseshit. But we're hip-deep in history right now. Go, enjoy it.
All of you. Blue and red.
Four good years. And many more, I think.
Tags: Liveblog, Patton Oswalt