This has been making the rounds, to be sure, but The Borowitz Report has one of the best responses yet to the humorless response by the Obama campaign to the recent infamous New Yorker cover: a list of "jokes approved by the Obama campaign."
To be sure, that New Yorker cover wasn't very effective as satire, especially since even as a caricature of us righties it is so far off as to not land an effective blow. If those of us who enjoy good satire can't recognize ourselves, it isn't very good satire. Still, we are in for a very long, humorless, 4 years if even a liberal bastion like the New Yorker gets lambasted for accidentally hurting Sen. Obama's feelings while in the process of painting Obama's own opponents on the right with a very broad and unfair brush.
What will Sen. Obama do if he gets portrayed negatively in a cartoon -- with the dig aimed directly at him -- in ways such as Pres. Bush has been? Send the FBI to shut the magazine down?
The above post would have been more complete had this column by Maureen Dowd been worked into it, since it encapsulates so well the worrying question of whether Obama's campaign has a sense of humor.