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Monday, March 07, 2005  

(Very) Easy Laughs

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be considered “amusing,” “funny,” “humorous,” and even “hilarious,” in conservative circles?

As direct evidence I offer such “esteemed” luminaries as Meghan Cox Gurdon, Tom Wolfe, Christopher Buckley, P.J. O’Rourke, Peggy Noonan (Unintential humor notwithstanding.), Ben Stein, and Dennis Miller, a list to which we’re now, according to one Hart Seeley -- Never heard of him? Join the club. The club that hopes Seeley’s joking. -- to add Vice President Dick Cheney.

Seeley, writing on the op-ed page of today’s New York Times in “But Seriously, My Fellow Americans . . .,” offers nearly two dozen examples of Mr. Lynne Cheney’s allegedly vast repetoire of knee-slapping mirth, including these:

I bring good wishes to all of you from the seat of power[:] Crawford, Texas. (Laughter and applause.) - Aug. 29, 2002

I’ve been looking forward to this event. It’s a special event. We’re all here, obviously, for one very particular reason. And I’m sure you paid more than I did to get in. (Laughter.) - July 15, 2003

I just like to remind everybody what you say is being recorded. (Laughter.) - Sept. 29, 2004

Lynne and I have a Republican marriage. We got married because Dwight Eisenhower got elected president of the United States. (Applause.) - Sept. 17, 2004

She’s known me since I was 14 years old, but she wouldn’t go out with me until I was 17. (Laughter.) I’m not sure whether that was her choice, or her father’s choice. (Laughter.) - Oct. 20, 2004

Now, Lynne was pretty impressive when she was 14 years old, too. (Laughter.) - July 30, 2004

I’m going to get in a lot of trouble here if I’m not careful. (Laughter.) - May 21, 2004

I haven’t had this much fun since we beat John Kerry. (Applause.) - Dec. 1, 2004

I was the congressman from Wyoming for 10 years. Wyoming only had one congressman. (Laughter.) It was a small delegation. But it was quality. (Laughter and applause.) - Dec. 1, 2004

And, yes, there are a few of us old white guys in blue suits hanging around, too. (Laughter.) - July 26, 2004

This is a good crowd. I may take you home with me. (Laughter.) - May 24, 2004

I suppose if you shell out $2,500 for a chicken breast, you’re just dying for an excuse to laugh, no matter how small, but this is ridiculous.

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