Sung to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Feelin’ Groovy,” they lyrics, “Hello, Fort Lee/ How’s it flowing? /I’ve come to watch your gridlock growing,” were made particularly funny by use of sight gags — new Gridiron members Bret Baier of Fox News and NBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland appeared onstage sporting an elaborate getup as the George Washington Bridge.Also, John Kerry made the joke about Charlie Crist: "we Vietnam vets just call you ‘Agent Orange.’” Get it? It might be because he's from Florida, and oranges are one thing you associate with Florida, but WaPo informs us that orange must refer to his perennial tan. As for "Agent Orange" and the connection to Vietnam vets, WaPo says nothing, so here, I found this on Vietnam:
The Vietnam Red Cross reported as many as 3 million Vietnamese people have been affected by Agent Orange, including at least 150,000 children born with birth defects. According to Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 people being killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects....I hope that helps you see how terribly funny John Kerry's joke was. But presumably the important thing is that John Kerry served in Vietnam. Perhaps he is privileged to crack Agent Orange jokes... at least when his Vietnam vet privilege is augmented by his elite Washington gala dinner privilege.
I noticed this event because Jane Harman, the former congresswoman, mentioned it on "Fox News Sunday" this morning. She said: "Ted Cruz was, by the way, fabulous at the gridiron dinner last night, making fun of himself...." The only joke told by Cruz that appears in the WaPo article is: "I’ve been thrown out of our Senate lunches, so it’s really nice to be invited to dinner."
We're also told John Kerry's joke on Cruz: "Ted Cruz was also really funny. But this is the first time in Gridiron history that the Republicans asked for time to respond to the Republican speech."
So it's not surprising that Jane Harman found Ted Cruz "fabulous." Harman proceeded to offer the GOP some advice:
Start holding meetings about how to change the nomination process for president and what the party stands for, not just what it stands against.That's the "Party of No" taunt that works so well for Democrats, who always want government to do more. Those who think smaller government is a good thing get painted as negative. The GOP needs to bring out the positivity of "no."