DAYTON, Ohio—Republican presidential hopeful John McCain told supporters at a rally Wednesday that his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will pull in voters from numerous obvious demographics—white women, caribou fans, old white dudes, college-aged MILF hunters. But her presence on the GOP ticket is not attracting the intended target audience: Monty Python Democrats who presumably have a blind devotion to anyone with the last name Palin.“I’m really surprised,” McCain said. “My plan was this: the Monty Python Dems spend all their time memorizing quotes, which means they have zero time to follow current events. They show up to the polls on Nov. 4, possibly and preferably stoned, and see Palin next to my name. They utter some obscure Michael Palin quote from the Flying Circus show, color in our oval, and I change my forwarding address to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“Unfortunately, these Python fans do make time to watch Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live, so now they know that Palin is not the British funnyman Michael Palin but rather a humorless broad named Sarah Palin who comes from a place where funny only happens unintentionally,” McCain said. “My best strategy now is to try to convince enough people that Sarah Palin is really Tina Fey.”
Meanwhile, Monty Python Dems have come out of the woodwork to criticize McCain’s transparent attempt at wooing the Python vote.
“It’s no secret that members of the Columbus (Ohio) Dead Parrot Society were really hoping that Sen. [Barack] Obama would select John Cleese as his running mate,” said Dead Parrot Society president Chad Alexander. “It would have been a historic moment in American politics. It would have broken through that glass ceiling—I mean, how many people think they’ll live long enough to see a black man and a funny British guy in the White House?
“So yes, when Obama chose Joe Biden, there was not much celebration in our camp,” Alexander continued. “But for John McCain to think that we would be so dense as to not see through this farce—you’re not selling us no dead parrot, buddy!”
Things have gotten ugly between Python fans and the Arizona Republican at recent events in battleground states—and McCain’s attempts at being hip to the Python vernacular haven’t helped matters much.
One Python fan confronted McCain after a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., exchanging harsh words crafted by the comedy troupe members themselves.
“I object to you automatically treating me like an inferior,” said Dennis London, an androgynous fellow whom McCain had addressed as “old woman” during the after-speech meet-and-greet.
McCain, prompted via earpiece that this was a variation on a Michael Palin line in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was fed the next line of dialogue, which he delivered: “Well, I am king.”
Dennis predictably retorted, “Oh, king eh? Very nice. And how’d you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers. By hanging on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.”
McCain then ordered Dennis to be quiet.
Another Python fan, Richard Pearlman, summed up his reservations about Sarah Palin’s readiness for the country’s No. 2 position as only a true Michael Palin fan could: “Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.”