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Democrats Top GOP as Most Lampooned Party

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For late night comedians these days a sure fire laugh line is “Anthony Weiner.” An even bigger gag line is “President Obama.”

A study by George Mason University’s Center for Media and Public Affairs has determined that the Democrats -- led by Obama and Weiner -- have replaced Republicans as the butt of more political jokes in 2013.

“From January 1 to June 30, CMPA analyzed the targets of all jokes about public figures in the opening monologues of five hosts of night talk shows on the broadcast networks -- Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.”

Obama was the top joke getter being the punchline 288 times. Weiner was a distant second with 120 jokes.

“Anthony Weiner has vowed to continue to fight,” Jimmy Kimmel began on July 31. “He said he is staying in the race because he cares deeply about the people of New York -- except for the one he is married to.”

On the previous night Jay Leno took a shot at Weiner saying, “According to the New York Post, the Clintons are really angry about being compared to the Weiners, and rightly so. Bill Clinton took his sexual conduct seriously. Anthony Weiner just phones it in.”

The Democratic scandals gave them a clear edge over Republicans in late night monologues, with 713 jokes compare to 417 aimed at the GOP. That was a reversal of the 2012 presidential cycle which was dominated by jokes at the expense of  Republicans.

Those results don’t surprise CMPA President and George Mason University Professor Robert Lichter.

“Where scandals go, late night comedians follow,” Lichter said. “These days that means they’re following the Democrats.”

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