Send in the Clowns!

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With Rick Santorum out of the race, everyone but Newt Gingrich seems to agree that the 2012 GOP prez nominee will be walking mannequin Mitt Romney. Aren’t we all glad that the long nominating nightmare is over?

Well, no, not really. We have to admit that, for all of the bricks we’ve thrown through our TVs and computer screens during the endless series of Republican debates, we all were kinda sorta having fun. Now that we’re being told it’s over, it suddenly feels like we’re watching an episode of Gilligan’s Island where the whole cast has been air-lifted to safety save for Thurston Howell III. What fun is that?

Admit it: Watching the succession of faces trotted out as the next conservative super-mega-stars was like watching a never-ending production of “42nd Street.” Don’t you miss the special brand of crazy that is Michele Bachmann? Rick Perry‘s unpredictability? Herman Cain’s chief of staff Mark Block smoking a cigarette in a political ad?

Wait — what’s that? Cigarette-sucking political rogue Mark Block is doing another ad for Herman Cain? And it’s going to be titled “Blowing Smoke”?

Thank God for Herman Cain, who, though he dropped out of the race aeons ago, never stopped campaigning in his adorable and incomparably insane way, producing bizarre political snuff films and videos showing American taxpayers being pecked to death by big-government chickens. Cain was always in this to have fun, and he refuses to disappoint.

What about the rest of them? It’s a long way till November. Couldn’t we persuade some key players in government and the media to inject some fun back into the 2012 race for prez? What do YOU think?

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