[Ed. – This whole thing is unbelievably lame. Why didn’t the two of them just put on black face while they were at it? An act of grace on Hillary’s part would be to suggest that both of them suffered a temporary dementia, and to offer a general apology. Stop snickering over there. Yeah, you. Exit point — Rusty Weiss’s original point: something like this would end a Republican politician’s career like a guillotine blade.]
De Blasio, defending the joke on CNN, described it as “clearly a staged show.”
“The whole idea,” he said, “was to do the counterintuitive by saying ‘cautious politician time.’ Every actor thought it was a joke on a different convention. That was the whole idea. I think people are missing the point here.” …
In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine published on Tuesday, Clinton was asked if the skit was “inappropriate,” or whether critics were indeed “missing the point,” as De Blasio had put it.
“Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio’s skit,” she responded. “He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he’s already talked about.”