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Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Capitol Steps members sing the praises of Justice Antonin Scalia to the tune of West Side Story’s “Tonight.”

Political circus back in town

Capitol Steps sticks it to newsmakers in Omnibus show

– If you like to laugh at politicians, Thursday night was your night as The Capitol Steps, a 31-year-old comedy troupe made up of former congressional staffers, performed as the 100th attraction in IPFW’s Omnibus Lecture Series.

The group first played before an overflow house at IPFW eight years ago. Thursday, more than 1,600 people filled the main auditorium at the Rhinehart Music Center.

The cast members portrayed different politicians and tyrants, living and dead, in their song and a little-bit-of-dance routine.

As the show began, the audience was advised to note the location of emergency exits and, in the event of an emergency, wait for instructions from their Italian captain. Just joking, everyone was told; Congress would come up with a plan.

From there, pretty much any politician, alive or dead, was fair game.

President Obama urged people to call their representatives and urge them to vote for the jobs bill, “because in one year, I’ll need one.”

To kick start the economy, Obama urged people to use their entrepreneurial spirit and start small businesses. How do you do that? Start a big business and wait.

Obama then broke into song and noted that Osama bin Laden was now with the sturgeons and not with the virgins.

Herman Cain got a chance to plug his new business, selling “Love Potion Number 999,” available for $9.99, and the Merry Wives of Gingrich sang that “we should have neutered him.”

Vice President Biden noted that he had been told he should apologize for calling Tea Partiers terrorists. He did. “Sorry, Al Qaida,” he said. Biden had been told he couldn’t speak, though, so he sang that he couldn’t hide what people see, such as him sleeping on TV, which qualifies him to be an air traffic controller in D.C.

Some truths about Washington emerged, such as the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsberg was “once the hottest woman on the Supreme Court,” and now she has to wait in line at the women’s restroom, which she once had all to herself.

George W. Bush explained that since he left office, he’d enjoyed “a time of refraction, just a man alone with his thought.” But he noted it was a perilous time for the USDA. Under Obama, we had lost our AAA rating, and as a result, millions of Americans could become stranded on the side of the road.

Meanwhile, Moammar Ghadafi/Gadaffi/Kadaffi/Qadafi, we learned, was stuck at the gates of hell, where they couldn’t find his name on the guest list because of a spelling mixup. Finally he was offered a chance to room with Kim Jong Il, who found hell nicer than North Korea.

After the show, the audience had a chance to meet the cast – which was selling CDs of their skits.