This is that time during the campaign that they call the “silly season.” It’s when every gaffe, poll fluctuation or lead change is viewed with alarm bordering on hysteria. Somebody told me yesterday that when Republicans get bad news during this period, they want to kill the messenger. When Democrats get bad news, they want to kill themselves.
The funny part of all this insanity is that, both on and off the air, my phone never stops ringing with people who either want me to talk them off the ledge or have very specific advice that they want me to pass on to the president during our daily morning phone call. One caller to the show today implored me to “tell President Obama to just look over at Romney when he starts lying in the next debate and say, ‘What you talkin’ about, Willis?!’” Seriously.
Mama says, “Chill!” We’ve got this one covered — if we don’t panic. Tomorrow night “Joltin’” Joe Biden will take Paul “Eddie Munster” Ryan to the political woodshed for his specific lies and general loathsomeness. Uncle Joe will put a hurtin’ on the Budget Munster that he will remember all the way back to his district in Wisconsin where, weasel that he is, he’s also running for re-election to Congress so that he won’t be unemployed come January. Apparently he thinks the best way to cut federal spending is to run for two government jobs at the same time. (By the way, Mama and the Mooks — including News Mookette Jacki Schechner — will be hosting another “Talking Liberally” pre-debate special on Current, Thursday night at 7E/4P.)
Oh, one more thing. CAROL BURNETT was on my show today! You can buy her new DVD of classic episodes of “The Carol Burnett Show” at carolburnettfan.com. And as I promised, here’s a picture of us taken backstage last week at “The Tonight Show.” I’m the one with the glazed look that comes from having an out-of-body experience. IT’S CAROL EFFING BURNETT!!!