Donal Blaney sent me an email earlier to alert me to a video had uploaded to his blog of John McCain and Barack Obama giving hilarious after dinner speeches at the Alfred E Smith Memorial Dinner in New York City last night. McCain, in particular, was brilliantly funny. As Donal says, it's a pity he couldn't have transmitted this sort of humour earlier in the campaign.
But for those who decry the US political system, think about this. Can you seriously imagine two opposing British politicians doing this three weeks before a general election? No, nor can I. The main reason is that our media would trash them for it.
It's a shame we don't have the equivalent of the Washington Press Club dinner, where each year the President and other senior politicians go and make an extremely funny and self deprecating speech. If you want some entertainment, look a few of them up on Youtube.