Our last Late Night Political Humor post focused exclusively on Herman Cain. Today we demonstrate we are able to laugh without Cain.
“The people beat Bank of America, who withdrew their $5 debit fee. Instead, the bank is going to replace that with a $60 annual fee.” – Jay Leno
“A new poll taken abroad found that President Obama’s policies are more popular overseas than they are here in America. That’s because he’s created more jobs overseas than here in America.” – Jay Leno
“According to a new poll, 42 percent of Americans say they are uncomfortable with the idea of having a Mormon president. When asked why, the people said, ‘We’re still getting used to having a Muslim president.'” – Conan O’Brien
Don’t blame me for finding only three funny non-Cain jokes from four nights of humor, Cain is demonstrating that he can keep the late night comics employed all by himself.
There is one joke that appears to be about Herman Cain that unfortunately is actually about his accusers. I did not use it before because I find it repugnant. I’ll repeat it here not as humor but as an example of how victims are further humiliated after stepping forward.
It was funny when Jay Leno said, “One of the Herman Cain women was paid $35,000 and another was paid $45,000, so he’s saying it just proves he can create high-paying jobs for women.” Leno should not have added, “I’d like to see the women and find out what the $10,000 difference was.” These two women do not deserve that.
UPDATE: In the comments, DON recommends an excellent column about “the problem we have as a society dealing with victims of sexual abuse and assault.” It addresses both the Cain accusations and the Penn State scandal. Please read the full article but this paragraph especially gripped me: “The creepiest part for me is the air of titillation that surrounds the reports. If a coach had assaulted a child in some other way – knocked him unconscious, say – then the reaction would almost certainly have been straightforward. You can’t beat a kid up. Get out of here, and we’re reporting you. But with a sexual assault, there’s an intolerable level of coyness and prevarication.”
– Iron Filing