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'Naked Gun's' David Zucker has a laugh at Barbara Boxer's expense

In a Senate hearing long ago and far away -- actually last year -- California's Barbara Boxer made the mistake of admonishing Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh of the Army Corps of Engineers for calling her "ma'am" instead of "senator," saying, "I worked hard for that title." In years past, the senator's remark would be little more than a passing blooper. But not in today's macaca era, when every public misstep can come back to haunt you. Especially when you're locked in a tight reelection race.

Normally, Boxer's flub would be great material for "The Daily Show," but this time around, she's getting cuffed by David Zucker, a key part of the filmmaking team behind "Naked Gun" and "Airplane." Now an ardent conservative, Zucker has directed an ad that spoofs Boxer's snippy response, using a satirist's favorite weapon -- comic exagerration -- to hoist Boxer with her own petard. I'm a liberal, but hey, funny is funny. The two-minute spot plays like a great outtake from one of the "Naked Gun" movies, lampooning Boxer's initial response by having every character in the clip demand to be addressed by their proper title, including a Boy Scout who, when Boxer addresses him as scout, insists on being called "Eagle Scout."  

Like all good satire, the clip works because it feeds off of its victim's weak point. Boxer often comes off in public as a prickly Washington insider, making it easier for Zucker to caricature her cranky personality -- just as untold hundreds of alert satirist made fun of Bill Clinton for his oversized appetites and George W. Bush for his intellectual shortcomings. For showbiz insiders, it's fun to see Ed Ames in a hilarious cameo as an Indian chief, reprising his role as Mingo from the 1960s-era "Daniel Boone" TV series. Clint Howard also costars in the ad as one of Boxer's colleagues. Howard has become a prominent Hollywood conservative, which must make for interesting dinner-table conversation at Howard family get-togethers, since his brother, Ron, has been a liberal activist in recent years.   

You can watch the clip right here:   

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That's great!!! Love this clip, it hits the nail on the head (regarding Boxer's attitude). If you've never heard her talk (when it's not election season), it's pretty irritating, she's a real snob.

Boxer was way overboard when she stopped the General in his response. Gee....when Military officials speak directly to the President, he is usually addressed as "Sir". "Sir"/"Ma'am", "Mr President", "Senator" all appropriate titles to use by military personnel when talking to elected officials.

Boxer should have addressed the BG as "General"...I think he worked pretty hard to earn it!

So funny! Boxer is so pathetic. Hard to believe California voters are even considering about reelecting her.

From the unfunny mind that brought you BASEKETBALL and HIGH SCHOOL HIGH. Is this what Zucker has been up to for the past decade? I was wondering since he clearly isn't in the movie business anymore.

This is not meant to insult women jill. I think you should lay back and read up on why this video was made before you let us all in on your femenist views. Im all for equal rights and treating women with respect but she is a politician, this should be expected and the humor should be valued.

Now if the General had called a male senator, mister - it would be a different story right? Seems like the General forgot it already. Plus, this is just satire and I am sure Barbara Boxer would laugh at it as anyone may.

The disturbing thing is how right wing Stepford wives seem to defend anyone that is not a Democrat - it's amazing they actually have a sense of humour.

And kravguy, it's easy to graduate from Yale even as an intellectual midget when you've got connections. Wasn't it the unibomber that went to Yale or was that Harvard, which really doesn't matter - just proves the point.

Very funny whether you like Boxer or not.

Yo kravguy,

Dubya is about 26 cards short of a 52-card pack, whether you want to admit it or not. He did get an MBA, but from Harvard Business School, not Yale. Who knows if he got help from others to earn that degree.

Whitman/Fiorina want to continue the trickle down theory, tax breaks for the rich, used by Bush: that, the unfunded $3 TRILLION DOLLAR economic cost of the Iraq war/no WMDs, plus refusing to regulate financial institution products/CDWs, etc brought us the the brink of a second depression fall of 2008. Bush, Bernake, Greenspan and Paulson all publicly acknowledged that their policy of not regulating financial institutions failed (BIG TIME). The wealth trickled up, not down. The top 1% have now increased their ownership of all U.S. assets to 35%; the net CA State tax rate on big corporations after their numerous deductions is 4.7%; 66% lower than my %. And Whit/Carly say 4.7% is too high: it is lower than Texas, NY and several other States. Plus CORPORATIONS SAVE BILLIONS from the loop holes they built into PROP 13. Not wanting to repeat the horrible results Bush produced, I can't vote Meg/Carly/continued destruction of the middle class.

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