Most viral jokes are only funny for a while, but that's always been the case with political humor.
If you were one of the people firing off 140-character opinions while watching last night's presidential debate, congratulations—you were a part of the most tweeted-about event in U.S. political history. With tweets, of course, come jokes, and so it's not a stretch to say that the debate may also have become, instantaneously, the most quickly satirized event in political history.
As both Obama and Romney steamrolled hapless moderator Jim Lehrer during the debate, a Twitter account called SilentJimLehrer popped up almost instantly, tweeting mostly "ums" and "yeahs." And just minutes after Romney conceded that he'd stop subsidizing PBS if elected, even though he "[loves] Big Bird," an account called FiredBigBird began tweeting missives like "Mitt Romney will end Bert and Ernie's right to a civil union." In a little over an hour, the FiredBigBird account had amassed over 15,000 followers.
And then there's ObamaTranslated, a Twitter account that's been around for a comparatively ancient 10 months. ObamaTranslated is a Twitter extension of the best-known sketch from Comedy Central's Key & Peele, in which a characteristically unflappable "President Obama" introduces Luther, his "anger translator," to the world: