Friday, October 10, 2008


TO: All Members
FROM: The Senior Executive Committee of NASCAH
(The National Association of Satirists, Cartoonists and Humorists)
RE: 2008 Election

This is an urgent appeal to all members of NASCAH to do whatever you can to assist in the election of the McCain-Palin ticket on November 4th.

For those members who may be unaware of the seriousness of the current situation, please be advised that George W. Bush will NOT, we repeat NOT, be serving as President for a third term. The easy satirical times that we have enjoyed for the past eight years may therefore be quickly coming to an end.

It appears that many of you did not consider the immediate effect Mr. Bush’s departure would have on your livelihood. Some of you assumed that despite the brief electoral scare in 2004, the good times would last forever and the satirical well would never run dry.

Luckily, we on the Senior Executive Committee have lived through several political humor cycles and are cognizant of the ups and downs in satirical material that can occur. For example, those of us who feasted on Dan Quayle in the late 80s and early 90s know what it is like to ride a bull humor market only to see it nosedive into a not-so-funny humor recession.

For those who suffered through the early Clinton years, you are well aware what can happen to our industry during a lean, markedly unfunny period. Mockable items are dramatically down, foibles and peccadillos can hit all-time lows and scandals are few and far between. Luckily for those who survived that era, it turned out that good times were just around the corner. As you’ll recall, our members were eventually blessed with a lampoonable trifecta in the form of Whitewater, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky.

Although it must seem to our younger members that the current satirical bull market will never end, it can. That is why we are asking you to support John McCain and Sarah Palin in this year’s election.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that an Obama-Biden victory would be disastrous for the humor market in general and comedic futures in particular. Two intelligent, articulate officeholders in The White House would surely spell disaster for our organization and quickly lead not just to a satirical recession, but possibly to a political humor depression like that of the 1930s under Franklin Roosevelt.

That is why we must marshal our forces against Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Tempting as it may be to continue to satirize John McCain and Sarah Palin, you must resist for the short term. If you can hold off for just a few short weeks and help elect the Republicans, we can enjoy at least four more (and possibly eight more!) profitable years.

If you want to guarantee a future replete with mavericks, hockey moms, Joe Six-packs, fractured syntax and old geezer jokes, please join us in supporting McCain-Palin. As Sarah Palin herself might say: "Doggone it, it’s the right thing to do."

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