In this election cycle, the Monday morning quarterbacking that takes place after major political events consists less of determining a winner than it does exploring what new Internet memes were birthed.
Nowhere has that been more evident than after Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney — the second of three verbal contests between the two presidential candidates before the election on Nov. 6. (The final debate will be held next Monday, Oct. 22).
When Romney opted to use the unfortunate wording "binders full of women" to illustrate his efforts to create a diversified Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts, the Internet latched onto the phrase faster than Felix Baumgartner plummeted to earth earlier this week. By the time the debate was even over, Romney's description had spawned a Facebook page (which had more than 275,000 "Likes" by mid-morning on Wednesday), a Twitter handle and, perhaps best of all, the website bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, which features parody photos of everything from Paula Deen riding on a binder to Romney and Paul Ryan holding Carly Rae Jepsen hostage in a file folder.
It was over before it even began. NBC is not moving forward with Dane Cook's midseason comedy Next Caller.
Thursday's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan generated more than 4 million tweets, according to official statistics from Twitter. And, needless to say, several of those comments came from celebrities weighing in on the election.
Here's a roundup of some of the best reactions:
Comedian Dane Cook apologized Friday after he used the Aurora, Colo. Dark Knight Rises massacre as material in his stand-up comedy act Thursday night at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.
"I don't know if you've seen the movie, but the movie's pretty much a piece of crap," Cook told the audience Thursday. "Yeah, spoiler alert. ...
NBC has picked up six episodes of the Dane Cook comedy Next Caller Please, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Next Caller Please, from Weeds' producer Stephen Falk, is a gender comedy about a brash, alpha male DJ (Cook) and his audacious, feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe). Joy Osmanski will co-star as their producer.
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