There’s no need to set this one up. Triumph, the nasty, potty-mouthed Doberman that is the creation of long time cocmedy writer Robert Smigel (“SNL”), and a recurring character on Conan O’Brien, is at it again. This time he and his acid tongue has been sent to St. Paul’s Excel Center and the recent Republican National Convention. It’s not only hilarious to see this puppet dog in a straw hat and cigar, but it’s amazing that Smigel can come up with such rapid ad-lib zingers to the pale, captive crowd of supporters. And somehow, in the end, Triumph also succumbs to the charm of a certain sexy and zesty librarian VP choice, Sarah Palin.
In the interest of fairness, Conan’s people also sent Triumph to Denver for the Democratic extravaganza. But these two clips are uproarious, and it’s not merely the fact that many of these people are not as familiar with Triumph or his schtick. There are two clips here, in fact, and the MO is the same. Triumph searches out the pale, bloated delegates, like when he infiltrates the West Virginia delegation as they’re voting. Also, he tosses insults at windbags who are miking up, like Karl Rove, and the sycophants who are awaiting their precious talking points –be it Greta Van Susteren of Fox News or Wolf Blitzer of CNN. Bonus points in the second clip to CNN golden boy Anderson Cooper —who actually knows who Triumph is –and who pwns him with a scribbled note.
No, Triumph was not at Sarah Palin interview this week in Alaska with ABC’s Charles Gibson, but you can be sure that his zingers would have stung more than just asking what the “Bush Doctrine” was. Let’s hope the League of Women Voters can save a place on September 26 for the first Presidential Debate.