With every comedy team, there has to be a straight man. To play the straight man, you have to be in on the joke, but while still pretending that you don't know a thing!
Burns and Allen
Abbot and Costello
Laurel and Hardy
Ball and Arnaz
Rowan and Martin
Carson and McMahon
The Repugs are playing the straight man, the one who plays the dumb partner. It is their part in the play.
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