The Washington Times - August 20, 2013, 08:58AM

For years, Lewis Black has skewered politicians and public figures in his standup routine and on his recurring segment on “The Daily Show,” admittedly targeting Republicans more than Democrats, he says, because they provide better material.

On Tuesday morning, he identified the “stupidest” Republican he’s ever seen.

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“The greatest was Dan Quayle. He was the pantheon. I had 60 minutes on Dan Quayle,” Mr. Black said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program after being asked to name the stupidest Republican to ever be a part of his act.

But Mr. Quayle has some new competition.

“I think Ted Cruz is a gold mine. You can talk about him being the next big thing — good luck, good luck,” Mr. Black said. “If he’s a leader, then seriously, is there an adult in the room?”

While taking shots at high-profile Republicans, he also blasted the political system as a whole, saying Washington seemed to function better in the 1950s.

“When I was a kid, drunks ran it better. Drunk people ran it better,” Mr. Black said.