The Ironic One looks at California’s “Fightin’ 10th” district, with a shout out to Walnut Creek, the Livermore Light Bulb, and an interview with congressional rep. John Garamendi.

And let me pose the same question I did upon viewing the clip of San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar discussing the city’s Happy Meal ban on The Daily Show:

Why do politicos, who usually try to manage every aspect of their public image, agree to appear on shows in which the sole purpose is to use them as comic props?


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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