Republicans Try Comedy

Sunday, January 25, 2009

These are dark days for Republicans. After controlling the executive and legislative branches of government for years, they find themselves not only out of power but less popular as bird flu.

So with few options open to them, why not try their hand at comedy?

On Thursday, Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Mike Pence (R-IN), and Steve King (R-IA) took to the floor of the U.S. House and performed their set, delivering their final tribute to former president George Bush:

FRANKS: “President Bush often had to walk like a knowing lion — like a knowing lion, Mr. Speaker, through the chattering of hyenas. If those critics do not devour themselves in the meantime, Mr. Speaker, they may face the bared teeth of an enemy that will make us all wish the lion still walked among us.”

PENCE: “I truly believe that this nation owes a debt of gratitude to George W. Bush.”

KING: “I’m here to say thank you to President Bush for the things that he has done when he’s had his steady hand on the till of leadership, and especially with our national defense.”

At one point, Rep. Franks began to tear up when talking about how Bush made the country “brighter” and “more hopeful” for his children. They also compared Bush to Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

Watch some of these comedy gems below:

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17 Responses to Republicans Try Comedy

  1. Billup says:

    This ranks as one of the most bizarre and strange things I’ve ever seen.

    At the beginning of Bush’s administration, particularly in the immediate days following 9/11, I thought Bush’s approach to the so-called “war on terrorism” was the correct approach.

    But it soon became clear that I was wrong. Bush chose to surround himself with incompetent neoconservative not remotely interested in national security.

    To compare Bush to Lincoln or Churchill shows a profound lack of knowledge of history.

  2. Prairiedog says:

    Republicans make lousy comedians.

  3. phil_in_ny says:

    They will try and do anything. It’s frightning.

  4. feminazi says:

    Comparing Bush to Lincoln or Churchill is just the latest stab at shameless and pitiful revisionist history by rightwing Republicans. I actually heard an AM Radio talking head say a few weeks ago that if Al Gore had won the 2000 presidency, Americans would be praying four time a day to Allah by now. I read someone describe it as Bush Derangement Syndrome.

  5. D.R.Scott says:


    As long as the batshit crazy wing of the Republican party keeps on stubbornly ignoring why they lost the presidential election, the more votes they’re going to lose in 2010. Sure, Franks, Pence, and King–the Republican Three Stooges–are speaking to their racist, anti-woman, gay-bashing mob of loyal supporters, but that base ain’t as big as it used to be. It certainly wasn’t enough to get the McPalins into the White House.

    Even the dumbest coach in football knows that if you keep on running a play that the other team has figured out, you better change it. Then again, if the Republicans were in the NFL, they’d be the guys carrying the barrels of Gatorade onto the field.

    Can it get worse? Oh yeah. That’s what happens when you’re not a member of the reality-based community.

  6. Gleneagle says:

    Shedding a tear over Bush? Yeah, I can understand shedding a tear.

    Our country is in ruins, we’re on the brink of a Depression, unemployment is nearing 10%, we have two wars raging, and a new president is left trying to clean up the chaos and the carnage.

    And it’s all Bush’s fault. I shed a tear and then I want to punch him in the face with my fist.

  7. I think it is more frightening than funny. These asshats actually believe the crap they are spewing.

  8. Rachel says:

    These wingnuts remind me of Hitler’s loyalists who were willing to die for the Freur even after allied troops had gained control of fascist Germany and pushed back against the SS.

  9. Jenna Bush Stole My ID says:

    I imagine the residents of Daria Lane are crying to think the Chimp and Pickles have polluted their pretty residential street with Secret Service agents and protesters.

    I would move.

  10. Aunt Peg says:

    For Christ’s sake.

    At first read, I thought this was a joke but then I watched the video and I realized this is what these idiots are doing on the taxpayer’s dime.

    I don’t vote to send people to Washington DC to weep on the floor of the US Capitol about how great was Bush and how he will be missed.

    This is outrageous.

  11. Peace Nick says:


    Have any of you heard Obama’s new pal, John McCain, plans to vote against Obama’s economic stimulus package?

    Yep, so much for helping rescue this country from the throes of another Depression.

  12. Adirondacky says:

    Peace Nick,

    No, I hadn’t seen or heard this regarding McCoot but I’m not surprised. I mean, he “suspended” his campaign to fly back to Washington and did nothing to help marshal the troops last fall. He’s hardly a leader by any measure.

  13. Fran says:

    Two things:

    * What planet do these guys live on?

    * The only thing missing in this comedy routine is the giant hook to remove the failed comedians from the stage.

  14. retahyajyajav says:

    Mental illness and the GOP go hand in hand.

  15. Wee Mousie says:

    I am quite confident that ‘truthless lion’ will never be welcomed in public anywhere in the world.

    Certainly not in Washington!

  16. R.J. says:

    This proves how delusional the GOP has always been.

  17. BradFrmPhnx says:

    As an Arizonan I don’t find anything odd about this video. For I must live with this idiocy daily. Our state is controlled by the rightwingnuts, and has been since Goldwater. Although the republicans of Goldwater, and the republicans of today are very different. Our state ranks last in education. Our undemployment once the lowest is now up in the highest. Illegal immigrants flood our schools, our jails, and our hospitals costing us billions. And now that Janet Napalitano is gone to control them, our republican legislature wants to cut hundreds of millions of dollars more to our education system, which is already the lowest funded per child already. Nope, I’m used to that lunacy. But rather than move to greener pastures, I choose to stay and try to make a change. Bush has been our savior for change, he was soooo bad that hopefully in 2 years McCain and Kyle are unseated as well as members in congress. Right now they are all having a nice circle jerk with Governor Jan Brewer dancing in the cage.

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