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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 24, 2005 11:49 PM

This is not an Onion or Scrappleface headline, I swear:

Feinstein vexed by Roberts’ humor, views on abortion rights

That’s right. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has elected herself chief of the Democrat’s anti-humor police. Via AP:

In his years as a White House lawyer, John Roberts was quick with a joke. But now, as a Supreme Court nominee, he might have to explain the punch lines.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that Roberts could be called to account for some of his humor from his years in the Reagan administration, when he frequently leavened his legal opinions with bursts of wit that could run from playful to caustic.

Feinstein, the only woman on the Judiciary Committee, pointed to one memo in which Roberts, while disparaging state efforts to combat discrimination against women, wondered whether “encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good.”

“He … had a sense of humor that is subject to interpretation, on women’s rights for example,” Feinstein told reporters after a speech at a downtown hotel.

“Whether that was a joke, or whether it represents his real view, I don’t know. We’ll try and find out,” she said.

Next task for the Senate Democratic leadership: Investigating the hidden link between jocular Judge Roberts, the dangerous funnymen behind the Federalist Society, and the insidious humor writer who penned the most famous anti-feminist joke in American history:

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That’s not funny!

Go get ’em, DiFi. The Republic is counting on you.

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