Have you heard this one before? Elizabeth Warren holds a town hall in Iowa.That’s it; that’s the joke.So went the logic of Saturday Night Live’s take on the 2020 election in its cold open this week. The show’s political sketches are always patchy, as the writing process appears to involve mashing up recent headlines and sprinkling in extra zaniness. When the topic is Donald Trump, the bits—for better and often for worse—fuel themselves on open mockery. Sometimes the writers will serve up a high-concept twist, as with the mid-show sketch last night that amusingly portrayed the milkshake-ducking of Conan the Special Forces dog. But SNL’s been less sure of how to handle the Democratic primary, which is overcrowded with characters and also tied up in detailed policy debates. As a result, the approach of yesterday’s show landed somewhere between comedy and campaign ad.The invaluable Kate McKinnon continues to nail an anything-but-rote … [Read more...] about Runs an Ad for Elizabeth Warren
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Sometimes, you have to laugh to keep from crying. (See: most of the last three years.) advertisement advertisement Every now and then, the fuel for that laughter comes from the very politicians who are fighting against, or responsible for, what we’re crying about. Either these politicians are cracking jokes, which rarely ends well, or everybody else is cracking jokes at their expense. One of the more optimum opportunities for the latter is a presidential debate. These things always end up turning into Political Joke Thunderdome on Twitter, and last night was no exception. Here are the best memes Fast Company noticed emerging from the fourth Democratic debate of this election, which saw a crowded stage of 12 candidates duke it out for viral supremacy. Who is Tom Steyer? Considering that at this point most people would prefer the Democratic field be winnowed down rather than inflated, a lot of viewers were unenthused about seeing a new face on stage. (And Keke Palmer … [Read more...] about 9 funny memes from the fourth Democratic debate to help you laugh and not cry
Early on the afternoon of May 14, the day his presidential campaign announced a plan to reduce the number of gun suicides in America, Cory Booker, who was in Washington, DC, on Senate business, slipped away to meet with a group of young black leaders handpicked by his campaign. The invitation was thin on details; a week earlier, Booker’s campaign team sent the group of civil rights activists, clergy, and elected officials a terse email with the subject line, “Black millennial leaders meeting with Cory.”It was early in the presidential primary, but Booker was languishing in the low single digits in national polls, even after a seamless performance in a CNN town hall at the end of March that, according to one associate, had a few people in Booker's orbit, who had been skeptical about his prospects, re-evaluating the field's political talent. Booker was praised for his proposal to reduce gun violence, and around the same time, he cosponsored a bill to address black … [Read more...] about Why Isn’t Cory Booker’s Campaign Taking Off?
(CNN)Potential presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said that he "can't stand up here and tell you every decision I have made as mayor was perfect" and that his main goal as mayor was "saving lives" in remarks to civil rights leaders at the National Action Network on Monday. The former New York mayor, however, did not directly mention the controversial policing policy known as "stop and frisk" that he supported to fight crime as mayor -- an issue that could impact his possible 2020 run for President. Bloomberg, the former three-term mayor who is considering running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020, looked to curb the city's high crime and murder rate during his 12 years in office by empowering city police to more easily detain and question people. The policing approach, officially called "Stop, question and frisk," sparked a backlash from activists throughout Bloomberg's tenure as mayor because it overwhelmingly impacted African-American and Latino men. Critics … [Read more...] about Michael Bloomberg avoids talking ‘stop and frisk’ during MLK breakfast
Former Vice President Joe Biden this weekend came out against legalizing marijuana on a federal level because he claims the substance could potentially be a "gateway drug." Hours later, progressive Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued against the 2020 frontrunner's stance. Biden on Saturday said he would refuse to legalize marijuana nationwide until research sheds further light on the substance during a town hall in Las Vegas. "The truth of the matter is, there's not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," the 2020 frontrunner said, according to Business Insider. "It's a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it." Despite his remarks, Biden also made clear that he's not completely against cannabis use. "States should be able to make a judgment to legalize marijuana," he said, adding that he backs medical marijuana and would … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Comes Out Against Legalizing Weed, Says It’s Potentially a ‘Gateway Drug’ — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Disagrees