Great Conservative Humorists of the 2000's
This would be a good project for someone. Start keeping track of all the times conservative pundits use the "I was just kidding" routine. Common variants include any of the following:
That was just my way of being funny, that's humor, it's just a clichÃ©, everyone says that, someone else said it first, or I didn't say that at all.
I think I first started noticing it a few months ago when I heard Rush reading a list of hateful quotes he had used on the air, and his only response was something like "I didn't know I was this funny, I was just trying to be funny" Coulter seemed to be trying to use it when the USA Today canned her, and I've even seen it used here a few times, and this one I read today just made me realize it's not an isolated event.