The Press: Politics: No Laughing Matter

Never make people laugh. If you would succeed in life, you must be solemn —solemn as an ass. All the great monuments are built over solemn asses.

In the century since an Ohio Senator offered that advice to future President James Garfield, few have taken it more seriously than the present aspirants to the White House. Whether at the debates or on the stump, both Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford appear to be auditioning for Mount Rushmore. Their few attempts at humor have been elephantine or asinine, a condition that may make nearly half...

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