I’m thrilled to distraction that this friggin’ campaign is finally coming to an end, but I know a bunch of people who are devastated about it—late-night talk show hosts! This election has given them a free goldmine of jokes, gags, and one-liners like there haven’t been since Britney and Paris went respectively bald and to jail.
Among the choicest remarks the hosts have trotted out:
Jay Leno: “A woman at a McCain rally said that Barack Obama is an Arab, and McCain quickly corrected her. It was really awkward because McCain had to tell her, ‘Look, Governor Palin, you are wrong’.”
David Letterman: “Barack Obama was not the first candidate to use the phrase ‘Yes, we can!’ Bill Clinton frequently used that on interns.”
Conan O’Brien: “Oprah Winfrey says she plans to attend Barack Obama’s election night rally in Chicago. So win or lose, Obama is going home with a new car.”
Jay Leno: “After his big speech in North Carolina today, Senator Biden said he was experiencing a sore throat and lost his voice. Boy, the good news doesn’t stop for Barack Obama. Just one lucky break after another.”
Any other fave talk-show barbs to share before we enter a far more somber phase in our nation’s history?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 4, 2008