Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in National Journal on Aug. 19, 2013, during the lead up to the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington. As Washington gears up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech later this month, one thing might be missing from the celebrations: the speech itself.
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords raises any number of questions: What is happening to our country? What has happened to our politics? Who would do such a thing? It is an incredibly ugly moment in American life, a reminder that politicians, like citizens, can find themselves at the dangerous end of a gun. From Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln to John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, bullets have pierced our leaders, revealing them to be as mortal as the rest of us.
The last twenty-five years have seen the rise of a Political Comedy Industrial Complex, but unlike Ike’s warnings about the Pentagon, I won’t tell you it’s a bad thing. Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher first aired in 1993, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 1999. The Clinton years, with Baby Boomers in the White House, were ripe for a surge in political comedy.
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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