American politics have been the subject of satire since before the country's founding – a political cartoon depicting a snake cut into eight parts, representing eight American colonial governments, ran in Benjamin Franklin's newspaper in 1754. These days the US benefits from a healthy dose of humorous political commentary, but when the jokers run for political office (jokingly of course, right?) some funny things can happen. Here are five memorable ones.
Rick Lazio, former congressman from New York state, announced Monday he is dropping out of the New York governor's race. On his way out, Lazio blasted both Republican Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Democrats are expected to lose House seats in Election 2010, but in districts where demographics are shifting their way they are working to upset Republican incumbents. California's Third District is one.
Stephen Colbert’s appearance before a congressional committee Friday to discuss migrant labor issues has left many Democrats unhappy.
McCain, after surviving a tough Republican primary, met his Democratic challenger Rodney Glassman and two other candidates Sunday for the only debate before the November election. McCain pointed to the ease at which illegal immigrants can enter the US as both a national security and human rights issue.
Former President Bill Clinton made a three-state swing through New England, campaigning for Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut, and Libby Mitchell, the Democratic candidate for governor of Maine.
Barbara Boxer leads Carly Fiorina and Jerry Brown is ahead of Meg Whitman in a new USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll. But Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting.
So much for endorsing your opponent and bowing out gracefully. Many Republican candidates in Election 2010 are not backing the primary winner. Some are looking for ways to stay in the race.
Yes, Stephen Colbert made members of Congress visibly nervous (not good), but he brought cameras and a penchant for one-liners (very good) to help the cause of migrant workers.
Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, and Jon Klein, CNN president, were shown the door Friday, in a day of upheaval in the TV industry. Prime-time viewers have slipped at each firm.
House Financial Services Committee Chair Barney Frank, the guest Friday at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters in Washington, had journalists chortling. Here are his five best lines.
Stephen Colbert testified on Capitol Hill Friday about ... stuff. The mock-conservative pundit even made some Democratic aides wince.
On The Daily Show Thursday, comedian Jon Stewart examines the Pledge to America and experiences déjà vu.
Rally to Restore Sanity's Facebook page shows that more than 145,000 people say they will attend the Oct. 30 rally hosted by Jon Stewart.
Senate Republicans blocked a campaign finance bill that would require special interest groups running campaign ads to identify their donors. Republicans dismissed Democratic efforts as a midterm election ploy.
The latest poll of the California governor's race shows Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown tied at 41 percent. Many voters remain undecided, so upcoming debates will be crucial.
Rep. Paul Ryan has emerged as the Republicans' rising star on fiscal issues. His absence from the Pledge to America unveiling added to a sense of disappointment among some conservatives.
Economically, the GOP's Pledge to America, released Thursday, is aimed at small businesses, repealing health-care reform, for example. But the document is also a clear pledge to 'tea party' supporters: You can trust us.
Odds are long that the DISCLOSE Act will pass. But Senate Democrats are trying again Thursday, saying the campaign finance system needs greater transparency. Republicans say the bill gives Democratic candidates an edge.
Stephen Colbert is slated to appear Friday, in character, before a congressional subcommittee. His (and the subcommittee's) topic? 'Protecting America's Harvest.' No kidding