SNL and Sarah Palin :: Satire Dead? Idiot Killed the Radio Star?

(Interrupting robo-talk for a chat about the jaw-droppingly lame state of American politics):

Maybe – though it appears it’s all been done before:

Aghast at the atrocities committed by US forces invading the Philippines, and the rhetorical flights about liberation and noble intent that routinely accompany crimes of state, Mark Twain threw up his hands at his inability to wield his formidable weapon of satire. The immediate object of his frustration was the renowned General Funston. “No satire of Funston could reach perfection,” Twain lamented, “because Funston occupies that summit himself… [he is] satire incarnated.” (N.Chomsky, here).

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