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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    But seriously now, Republicans... 

    Minnesota Republicans invited a stand-up comedian to their delegation breakfast Thursday morning -- in addition to state party chairman Ron Eibensteiner, that is, who has been known to make a few jokes now and then.

    Eibensteiner went first, telling how he'd been at a thrift store, "and lo and behold, John Kerry came by searching for another Purple Heart."

    But the professional in the room was 'Big Daddy' Jeff Wayne, who is one the conservative comedians appearing in New York City during convention week. Here's some of his material, starting with his riff on Norm Coleman.

    "What can you say about a man from Brooklyn that moved to Minnesota? He saw the light! A man that was a Democrat and became a Republican? He saw the light! A man who was mayor of St. Paul and became a senator? He saw the light!"

    Hey, wait a that a St. Paul slam?

    Wayne also had a riff about the "political correctness" of rechristening "illegal aliens" as "undocumented workers."

    "Pretty soon, we'll call burglars 'unwelcome house guests'."

    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at

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