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Friday, October 19, 2018

By the January 1, 2012, we’d left most of the best laugh-out-loud moments of the 2012 campaign behind us. Rick Perry (R-TX) had already named “Oops!” as the third cabinet-level department he’d eliminate; Herman Cain already fell into a trance when asked about Libya; Michele Bachmann (R-MN) already told the Today show that she met a woman who’d sobbingly confessed that the HPV vaccine had caused her daughter to suffer from “mental retardation.”

When it comes to slapstick self-parody, it doesn’t get better than that.

But this year –  despite tragedy, turmoil and poll unskewing — did offer its own share of hilarity. Though it was more subtle and telling.

Because we all need a laugh right now, here, in reverse order, are the moments that made us LOL hardest and longest in 2012.