This is a very autobiographical comic.
The 2008 election is the most involved in politics I have ever been, and a lot of that had to do with Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. That made me tune in. I wanted to vote for McCain just so I could have four years of Tina Palin. Saturday Night Live is where I caught up on all my election info, particularly during "REALLY?! with Seth and Amy." It was a great era of political satire, and I haven't paid attention to politcs at all since then. I had to google the word "politics" just to get some ideas for keywords to have Alex mentioning in the first word bubble. I'm pretty sure she's just saying mumbo jumbo, and that's half the joke for me - that I can't even think of something politically intelligent to say here.
If only Tina Fey was around to make it interesting.