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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Monday, May 19, 2014

America's Finest News Source

The Onion has provided many laughs over the years.  Their post-9/11 issue was a national exhalation of relief.  Their books and one offs are hilarious.

But this probably takes the proverbial cake.  Josh Marshall was trying to figure out where the character of "Joe Biden" came from, the outlandish character who shows up in White House correspondent's dinner videos.

Looks like it was almost entirely drive by The Onion, though I think Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec may have contributed a bit.

And perhaps, too, it's such a jolly foil for the previous Veep that it just makes people feel better.

It's sad to say, but it's progress when we turn the VP into a joke and not a nightmare.

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