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May 14, 2013

12:04
P.M.

Tuesdays with Moron: Chatological Humor Update

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About the hosts

About the host

Host: Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten

Gene Weingarten is the humor writer for The Washington Post. His column, Below the Beltway, has appeared weekly in the Post's Sunday magazine since July 2000 and has been distributed nationwide on The Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

About the topic

Every Tuesday, Gene publishes weekly updates to his chats.

- Gene's latest chat

On one Tuesday each month, Gene is online to take your questions and abuse. He will chat about anything. Although this chat is sometimes updated between live shows, it is not and never will be a "blog," even though many persons keep making that mistake. One reason for the confusion is the Underpants Paradox: Blogs, like underpants, contain "threads," whereas this chat contains no "threads" but, like underpants, does sometimes get funky and inexcusable.
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Gene Weingarten :

Greetings, update readers.

Chatological Humor is always striving to reward you, the loyal reader, with exciting new milestones for Chatological Humor.  Today, we have The Shortest Update Ever. 

A quick story about a tweet, and the absurdly heated partisan atmosphere in which we live. 

Yesterday, after news broke that the Obama White House grabbed the phone records of AP reporters --  on the heels of news that it had targeted conservative groups for IRS scrutiny -- I tweeted this:

"If it turns out that Obama is Nixon, I am going to be REALLY PISSED."

I didn't mean much by it; just a whimsical, self-mocking, speculative, worst-case-scenario uh-oh what-if from a hard-left liberal.   But, it became Big.   

Almost immediately, it was re-tweeted by Joe Scarborough, the former hard-right Republican congressman and now host of MSNBC's Morning Joe.  Joe probably found it mildly amusing.  But "amusing" doesn't translate in a re-tweet, particularly when it goes out instantly to Joe's 250,000 followers, most of whom, I daresay, are neither fans of the president nor students of satire.  Here's a sampling of the response:

@katieFreedom44  Obama's worse than Nixon. It's just taken u sheeple a long time 2 see it bc lap dog media wouldn't report til it was them

@Old_wino Nixon was better. #Fact. #Fact.

@Mtn1hiker Yes BO=RMN

@ZaidJilani Nixon executed Americans w/out trial?

This was my favorite because of its exuberant conflation of scandal:

@Cameronspeaks Obama is Not Nixon. Nixon had enough class to resign, beside there isn't a blue dress yet !

And so forth. Also emails and phone calls. A conservative blogger and a conservative radio person wanted to interview me about my "conversion."

So, just for the record:

Higgledy Piggledy
No, it's not Watergate
President Obie ain't
Raping no laws

Still, these developments
Quasi-Nixonian
Give all us pinkos a
Moment of pause.

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Gene Weingarten :

I guarantee you this will provoke many Internet disquisitions on how Obama IS raping LOTS of laws. 

And finally, my promised Higgledy on Mark Sanford:

Higgledy Piggledy
Congressman Sanford has
Come back quite nicely from
His epic fail.

Tanned he is, rested and
Ready for lawmaking 
After traversing
Appalachian tail.

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