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Conan O’Brien Goes Toe-To-Toe With Madeleine Albright On Twitter, Loses

Never get involved in a word war with a diplomat. You may have never heard the saying, but it should probably enter the lexicon following a brief Twitter skirmish between late-night comedian Conan O’Brien and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. This battle of funnies did not go the way you might think it would have.

Conan sparked the short battle on Thursday with what he likely thought was a throwaway tweet, one that the Washington Post deems a “teeny bit sexist.”

As to the “sexist” aspect, that’s a bit hard to call. O’Brien wasn’t calling Albright out as “slutty,” but more making a comment on… you know what: this isn’t worth the overthinking. What’s more important is that Madeleine Albright fired back with both barrels within a half-hour.

Boom. Sick. Burn.

Conan didn’t let it rest, but he did seem a bit cowed by the former Secretary of State’s response.

And Albright responded with a pretty undiplomatic capstone, seemingly taking a victory lap at the late night host’s expense.

Finally, O’Brien admitted defeat.

And it was over just like that. We haven’t seen a skirmish end so quickly, so one-sidedly, since the Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1896. (Bam! Colonial wars humor!)

Hopefully, though, this won’t be the last Twitter clash between diplomats and comedians. We’d love to see Jon Stewart go toe-to-toe with John Kerry. Maybe Stephen Colbert could take on Henry Kissinger in a gravitas-off. Or Condi Rice and Colin Powell could battle rap against Jimmy Fallon and the Legendary Roots Crew.

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