A Shad Sampling

I suppose you have to be a political junky to appreciate Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s humor at the 58th annual shad planking, but I found some of his jokes pretty amusing. You can read them all here. Read them soon, though. Most have a shorter shelf life than a politician’s campaign promise. A sampling of the jokes that tickled my funny bone:

  • Jim Webb is with us. Jim, as a fellow veteran, I salute your service. But I am a little confused; does your campaign as a Democrat for Senate mean that your annual Summer Republican Cook-Out is canceled? Just need to know if we should reschedule. … Jim is already doing his part to fit into the party of John Kerry. After all, Jim Webb was for George Allen before he was against him.
  • It has been a contentious session as you know. Unfortunately it now seems like thing have gotten even worse. Last update I heard: Speaker Bill Howell has introduced the Nebraska Plan, calling for a unicameral legislature with the abolition of the Senate. In a rare show of unity the House passed the bill overwhelmingly.
  • And I’ve been doing a lot of outreach in office, including the brave new world of the Blogs. I might be the only officeholder who has spoken to the real Larry Sabato and the blogger named “Not Larry Sabato” all in the same day.

Update: Columnist Ray McAllister notes the evolution of the Shad Planking from a colorful “good ol’ boy” event into a yuppified garden party.


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