Compared with the politicians' trespasses against humor, the comedians' sins are slight. Let the Stewart-Colbert show go on. Unless, of course, the pols promise to give up comedy.
Landon Parvin, joke maker to the Republicans, is famous for saying that the purpose of all that political joke-telling is to make the politician "better liked when he sits down than when he first stood up." I can think of no better reason for a constitutional amendment against political humor by politicians. Send your amendments to email@example.com. My Twitter feed is joke-free. (E-mail may be quoted by name in "The Fray," Slate's readers' forum; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)
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Correction, Oct. 28, 2010: This article originally misspelled Barack Obama's first name. (Return to the corrected sentence.)