The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
Clown Car vs. Trite Truck
“The Republican Field Is a Clown Car,” according to the headline of a column by the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, who explains the metaphor:
“If you can’t take a joke,” Lindsey Graham has said , “don’t run for president.”
Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke—which is why he appreciates the absurdity that is the GOP field. There are far too many candidates (so many that there are concerns they won’t all fit on a debate stage), and to gain attention they are juggling, tooting horns and blowing slide whistles like so many painted performers emerging from a clown car.
Hmm, haven’t we heard this before? Why yes, we have. Lots of times:
Graham has a point: If you can’t take a joke, you might want to stay out of politics. But if you can’t write your own material, you ought to stay out of comedy, or at least journalism.
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