Chirlane McCray, Bill DeBlasio tweet: Pwned.

Historic “Funny Tweets Written by Politicians” Count Rises From Zero to Two

Historic “Funny Tweets Written by Politicians” Count Rises From Zero to Two

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Sept. 23 2015 5:35 PM

Historic “Funny Tweets Written by Politicians” Count Rises From Zero to Two

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Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray in 2013.

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Most politicians' "jokes" are terrible monstrosities, especially on Twitter, an ostensibly spontaneous format where safe/canned sound bites play particularly badly.

Yeesh. On the bright side, there's Wednesday's response by Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, to a tweet by her husband. McCray doesn't technically hold office, but she's a former speechwriter and an active public figure, so I'm going to say it counts.

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All you need to know for this is that Dante, McCray and de Blasio's son, is now a Yale student.

Funny!

Come to think of it, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio sent a legitimately amusing tweet recently as well. The context here is that Rubio, a University of Florida graduate/football fan, had talked some smack about Florida State during a radio interview.

The key to that tweet's achievement is the word aberrations. Great word choice.

Americans of all ideological persuasions agree: It's time for other politicians to follow Rubio and McCray's lead by getting serious about Twitter humor.