Political satire is funny, especially when it’s done really well. Amy Poehler on SNL this weekend was really, really funny. In fact, Sarah Palin was even a little funny too. And even Barack Obama and John McCain have joined in on the jokes; poking fun at each other at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner.

But as the weeks pass and the election draws closer, humor will only get us so far. Humor is indeed a great way to escape current political tensions. It also creates a relaxed setting to criticize things we severely disagree with, and it’s a good way to challenge people to really think.

But in a little more than two weeks, whether it’s President Obama or President McCain, people are going to be unhappy. Mean things will be said about one of these men and the next four years he is going to live under the strictest scrutiny.

Former Tar Heel, retired professional basketball player, and current announcer for UNC, Eric Montross spoke to my class today. He said his goal as a member of the sports media is to embrace the positive. Can we finish this political season with the same spin?

As Americans, with extreme but equally valid opinions, we need to be willing to step away from negativity, and sometimes maybe even the humor. Instead, we need to enjoy the great things we share as citizens of the same nation, even if it is something as simple as a Coke.

The new Coca-cola commercial is a perfect example of the awesome relationships that can exist, as well as the awesome experiences that can be had, when we are willing to set aside our political differences.

By Nora Jorgensen