Democrats were in fine form last night at the Roaring Donkey Cabaret and Competition 2010, a display of skits, songs and fleeting displays of comedic talent at the Ameristar Casino.
A fundraiser for the fun-loving Clay County Democratic Committee, the night was emceed by former Republican, current Missouri Attorney General and glamor boy Chris Koster, who looked hot in his tuxedo and jokingly flirted with event co-chair (and performer) Jane Quick.
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, campaigning for the retiring Kit Bond's senate seat, stopped by to deliver a Top Ten list of things overheard on her opponent Roy Blunt's tour bus. Number 1: "Since we're in Kansas City, let's take a detour over to Leavenworth to visit my old friend Jack Abramoff." (Ha! But, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Abramoff is actually in the pokey in Cumberland, Maryland.)
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and a backup band that included Kansas City Mayor Pro Tem Bill Skaggs and state Rep. Trent Skaggs serenaded party matron Dutch Newman in a karaoke version of "My Girl."
And see if you can guess which of these Elvis impersonators is Kansas City mayoral candidate Mike Burke:
Next up: A couple of bits from Councilman Ed Ford's stand-up routine.
These jokes wrote themselves!
Ford probably shouldn't quit his day job until he can learn how to deliver punch lines without consulting his fist:
The true stars of the night, though, were the young women from Monica's School of Dance, who joined in on some of the numbers -- and these students looked like big-time pros compared to the Democrats on stage.
Those Democrats were excellent sports, though, and bravo to them. Because if you can't laugh at yourself ...