Please help me understand these from Dave Barry's column on the Democratic National Convention going on in Denver.
Yes, Clinton has been making speeches urging her supporters to work for Obama; but at the same time she has also been using what one Obama adviser described as ``a lot of air quotes.'' (of no substance)What does "a lot of air quotes" mean here? As in "full of hot air" (no substance)?
And after all that, she loses the nomination to a guy who has roughly the same amount of executive governmental experience as Hannah Montana. Hillary is like: ``Are you KIDDING me?'' (Hillary says in exasperation:)I am curious to know if people in UK use this pattern "so-and-so is like: "
or is it mostly used in America?
Following days of feverish media speculation over a list of names that at one point included the late Hubert Humphrey and a probably fictional congressperson named ''Chet Edwards,'' Obama, in a bold move, went with the one name guaranteed to send an electric shock of electricity (sarcastic remark to say Biden does not excite the voters) through the spinal cord of American politics: Joe Biden.This choice not only virtually locks up Delaware's electoral vote (which it shares with Wyoming) (both states have very small amount of delegates and voters) but it also buttresses the Obama team with one of the Senate's most vocal voices. Sen. Biden is scheduled to address the convention Wednesday night from 8:48 p.m. until dawn. (yes, you have a good take on that)Based on the last sentence, I take it that Sen Biden rambles on, so the "guaranteed to send an electric shock of electricity" is humor through sarcasm. And some additional level of humor achieved through redundancy ("electric shock of electricity"). Is this correct?
I don't understand the American political system, so I did not understand "which it shares with Wyoming" because I see that there is quite a bit of physical distance between the states.
The article ends with this line:
Please, shoot me. (In the article, he says he has to do the same thing next week for the Republican Convention. Maybe he is not looking forward to it)What does it mean in this context? There was also a show on TV called Just Shoot Me, but I didn't quite get the meaning.
Remember: Dave attempts to be a humorous columnist, FUNNY and sarcastic.
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