Strategy, or Satire?

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

Comedy writer Andy Borowitz, a blogger for Huffington Post, reveled in the irony of it all: His satirical piece, “Cheney Challenges Hillary to Hunting Contest,” was reprinted in the Boston Herald as if it were true. Last week, John McCain reacted to the McCain Girls video — a satire from 23/6 — as if they were real, calling them “entertaining.” This week, the media event of the Pennsylvania primary is not the upcoming debate but “The Colbert Report” in the Keystone State, with a visit from Michelle Obama tonight and Hillary on Thursday.

Bill Clinton coined the “silly season” of politics several months ago, but this is really it, when the race has devolved to the point where it is nearly impossible to distinguish what it real and what is a joke. That’s why when Hillary launched a new ad, below, attacking Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments, the first thing that some bloggers thought of was not its effectiveness or content but its resemblance to a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The same goes for candidates’ courting the “Hannah Montana” vote. Is this real, or a put on?

So much of the contest has blurred the lines of the authentic and the satirical, whether intentional or not, perfectly fitting in what has become a race driven as much by pop culture as it is politics. More of us will be fooled — or better yet, entertained.

Matthews for Senate?: Following his New York Times Magazine cover profile on Sunday, Chris Matthews appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Monday and got serious about talking up speculation that he’d like to run for Senate. He told Colbert, “It’s something you grow up, and you want–some kids want to be a fireman. I want to be a Senator.”

Bardot Trial: Brigitte Bardot is on trial in Paris for “inciting racial hatred” with comments she made about Muslims. She had said that the Muslim community was “destroying our country and imposing its acts.”

Was Ferraro Right?: That’s what BET founder and Clinton supporter Bob Johnson says. Via the Page, he said, “What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman Senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not….” His remarks came in an interview with the Charlotte Observer.

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