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History Chair Simon Doubleday reflects on “the emptying of humor in the current U.S. election”

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Dr. Simon Doubleday, professor and chair of the History Department, has written an opinion piece for TheConversation.com, “Are U.S. Politics Beyond a Joke?”

While “Obama’s comedic skill has, itself, been a key ingredient of his political success,” Dr. Doubleday writes, “neither of the current presidential candidates appears to have much interest in following in his footsteps.”

He continues “The emptying of humor in the current U.S. election campaign is striking, reflecting both the personal limitations of the current candidates and the exceptional gravity of the moment.”

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