In a touching display of bipartisan unity and legislative elbow grease, senators Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar joined forces yesterday to help pass a resolution condemning the use of character-assailing puns in newspaper ads.
Our senators joined 70 others in voting to rebuke MoveOn.org for their placement of an anti-war ad in The New York Times questioning the factual accuracy of General David Petreaus’s past assessments of the war in Iraq.
But the main point of contention had to do with a pun present in the ad's title ("General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"), as Klobuchar explains:
"To juxtapose a military commander's given surname with a negatively connoted, rhyming phrase is downright deplorable," she said* earlier today. "As such, I can think of no better use of the Senate's time and energy than passing this much-needed piece of pseudo-legislation."
Meanwhile, a source close to the general has confirmed that his surname is indeed pronounced puh-TRAY-us.
Fortunately for fans of talk radio and Fox News, it's still reportedly fair game to accuse anti-war officials of betraying America, provided of course, the allegation doesn’t come in pun form.
Liberal wordsmiths contacted by City Pages declined comment, save for one punster who denounced the vote as "Bush league."
*City Pages apologizes for this wanton fabrication. Here's Klobuchar's actual quote via her press secretary Linden Zakula: "I support all the brave men and women in our military who serve our country. They deserve our respect, whether or not we agree on their mission, and as such I did not think this particular ad was appropriate."