Editor’s note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on various TV networks including CNN. He is the editor of the politics blog « The Dean’s Report » and co-director of the upcoming documentary, « The Muslims Are Coming! » Follow him on Twitter: @deanofcomedy
(CNN) — When will this recession end? I’m not talking about the economic challenges facing our nation. I’m talking about the severe downturn in the world of political comedy.
By picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney may have energized the Republican Party. But is Ryan all that exciting? He’s a middle-aged, conservative white guy from the Midwest. As NBC’s Jimmy Fallon aptly joked earlier this week on his late night show: « Mitt Romney is hoping to energize conservatives with his choice of Paul Ryan as running mate. That’s like trying to spice up a bowl of oatmeal with more oatmeal. »
Don’t get me wrong — compared with Romney, Paul Ryan is Ashton Kutcher on crack. But even Rush Limbaugh labeled Ryan as « the last Boy Scout. » Translation: Reliable but boring.
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