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The oxymoronic-sounding Washington Wit, a new, free biweekly of political satire, may be attempting the impossible: “Our goal is simple,” states the premiere issue. “Make you laugh out loud on the Metro during the eerily quiet morning commute.” Anyone who has taken that grim ride can testify how daunting—if not futile—a mission that may be. Still, the 20-page debut shows promise, especially in a piece that translates the pedantic utterances of bow-tied blowhard George Will, “the Washingtonian with the most-used thesaurus.” The self-dubbed “Nation’s Humor Magazine” also includes “L’Enfant Plaza,” an ongoing spoof of Melrose Place set in D.C., and a wry Harper’sesque list of excerpts from the Militia of Montana’s catalog: “No. 445: PRIMITIVE WILDERNESS LIVING & SURVIVAL SKILLS—$25.00 (408 pages) If a person was naked in the wilderness this book tells him everything he needs to know to survive.” Washington Wit also proves that it’s not afraid to mosh in the realm of the dumb and tasteless: Its movie reviewer rates films on a scale “from Adolf Hitler to Gandhi” (Crimson Tide earns an Idi Amin). The Bethesda-based publication is headed by Bill Shein, who, despite being a former Democratic party staffer, vows to keep Washington Wit nonpartisan and non-insider, which sounds just about as unlikely as a Metro full of giggling commuters.