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McCain-Palin get more laugh lines

The McCain-Palin ticket has been taking it on the chin from late-night comics.

From Sept. 1 through Friday, the Republicans were the target of 475 jokes by Jay Leno and David Letterman alone. The Democratic team of Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the victim 69 times, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs, which has been tracking such data since 1988. That's nearly a 7-to-1 ratio.

In no other campaign over the past 20 years has one party's ticket been jabbed more than the other by even a 2-to-1 ratio, said Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and head of the center.

An example from Letterman: “John McCain said he's going to win (the third presidential debate). Of course, he also told Custer the surge was working.”

Leno: “According to a recent poll, 61 percent of people surveyed said they'd rather see Sarah Palin in a bikini than Pamela Anderson. Although 99 percent said they'd rather see Pamela Anderson as vice president.”

And so on.

There's no question it has hurt the Republican campaign, said Keith Appell, a GOP media strategist for CRC Public Relations. He'll grant that McCain and Palin have provided material, but Appell said Democratic gaffes are virtually ignored.

Since being chosen as the GOP vice presidential candidate, Palin has been a comic's dream. She was the target of 77 more jokes than McCain by Leno and Letterman the last two months; not even GOP veep Dan Quayle could outpace the top of his ticket, Lichter said.

The McCain-Palin ticket has been taking it on the chin from late-night comics.

From Sept. 1 through Friday, the Republicans were the target of 475 jokes by Jay Leno and David Letterman alone. The Democratic team of Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the victim 69 times, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs, which has been tracking such data since 1988. That's nearly a 7-to-1 ratio.

In no other campaign over the past 20 years has one party's ticket been jabbed more than the other by even a 2-to-1 ratio, said Robert Lichter, a George Mason University professor and head of the center.

An example from Letterman: “John McCain said he's going to win (the third presidential debate). Of course, he also told Custer the surge was working.”

Leno: “According to a recent poll, 61 percent of people surveyed said they'd rather see Sarah Palin in a bikini than Pamela Anderson. Although 99 percent said they'd rather see Pamela Anderson as vice president.”

And so on.

There's no question it has hurt the Republican campaign, said Keith Appell, a GOP media strategist for CRC Public Relations. He'll grant that McCain and Palin have provided material, but Appell said Democratic gaffes are virtually ignored.

Since being chosen as the GOP vice presidential candidate, Palin has been a comic's dream. She was the target of 77 more jokes than McCain by Leno and Letterman the last two months; not even GOP veep Dan Quayle could outpace the top of his ticket, Lichter said.

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