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Feature Story December 25, 2003
 
What a Laugh!
The eXile Looks Back on 2003, The Funniest Year Yet!
 
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The Joke: When Yelstin and his Young Reformers went down in ignominy in 1998, so did the fortunes of their top American academic cheerleader, Michael McFaul. That was funny, but it seemed like a one-off joke that couldn't be revived. Welp, we was wrong. McFaul made a massive comeback earlier this month when he became the Western Press's leading quote-o-matic. Once a Clintonite optimist, McFaul now bows to a new, hard, warlike master in George W. Bush, and therefore he has remade himself as an anti-Russian crusader. Now that IS funny.

Sad Clown factor: McFaul helped cover up Yelstin-era crimes that led to death and poverty for millions of Russians. Today, he's trying to help isolate Russia on behalf of an administration that is causing death and impoverishment to millions.

Side-Splitting Score: Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown

39. Gingrich Prays for WMDs

The Joke: Back in April, the Right was still sure there'd be WMDs -- so sure, in fact, that Newt Gingrich actually said on the air that he couldn't wait for Saddam to use them on American troops. That's right: on March 25, Newt said on CNN, "When we get to Baghdad and the Iraqis use the WMDs, then what will the French say?" His delivery was just as funny as the line itself: Newt had that chipmunk smirk on, and was beaming at the thought of American troops being maimed by terror weapons. That's patriotism. That's comedy.

Sad Clown factor: Unfortunately for Newt, no WMDs were used on American troops, depriving him of the chance to point his finger tauntingly at France.

Side-Split Score: Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown

40. Chechen Presidential Elections

The Joke: Helsinki Watch called October's presidential elections in Chechnya "a farce," and who are we to disagree? Farces is what we likes! It was high comedy as every single possible opponent to the Kremlin's hand-picked candidate was struck off the list, murdered or driven out of the CIS in the run-up to the elections. The punchline came when Akhmad Kadyrov won a stunning and overwhelming victory with 85% voter turnout, proving that genocide is a vote-winner among Chechens.

Sad Clown factor: The EU and the Bush Administration still can't decide whether or not the genocide in Chechnya is a sad thing or something that's best not brought up at the dinner table, and their month-by-month waffling is itself a sad thing to behold.

Side-Split Score: Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown Sad Clown

42. "Bring'em on!"

The Joke: Like they say, it's all a matter of timing. Just as attacks on US troops in Iraq started getting bloodier and bigger, the President strutted into a DC pressroom surrounded by a phalanx of bodyguards and invited the world to "bring [it] on" against his nation's soldiers.

Sad Clown factor: They brought it on. When Bush made his speech, only 26 GIs had been killed in guerrilla attacks. That number is now well over 200.


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