Stephen Colbert Pwns Congress

Frankly, I’m not sure what I think about this.


  1. #1 Uncle Bob
    September 25, 2010

    let me guess….you’re not sure if it is kick ass, or super kick ass?

    I agree….tough call.

  2. #2 gwen
    September 25, 2010

    Well,if they were listening, he got his point across. He was clear and concise…between the jokes, I think he was deadly serious…and I agree with everything he had to say!

  3. #3 Charles Sullivan
    September 25, 2010

    Not bad.

  4. #4 Alex Besogonov
    September 25, 2010

    I absolutely loved the laugh of the people when Colbert said: “Both sides work on this issue in the best interests of the American people, as you always do”.

  5. #5 CRM-114
    September 25, 2010

    My money says he was the only witness anyone actually listened to. If so, then the entire remainder of the hearing was a complete waste of taxpayer money, and only Colbert came through.

  6. #6 Richard W. Spisak Jr.
    September 25, 2010

    He could take the oath and scold them to work together on behalf of the American people (thus doing their duty)

    But he could and did using the weapon of intelligence say… (I know you will work on behalf of the American people – like you always do.)

    No sophisticate on the TEEVEE News or out in PUNDITVILLE could or would tell that TRUTH.

    Thus humor, was used to chide the partisan parasites.

    And, just incase, any self-satisfied overly important whooha who suggests that this interlude demeaned the public discourse, I ask seen CSPAN lately?

    RW Spisak

  7. #7 Deen
    September 25, 2010

    @Alex Besogonov: yes, I thought it was telling that that got the biggest laugh.

  8. #8 GBlivins
    September 25, 2010

    “Because my great grandfather did not travel across 4000 miles of the Atlantic ocean to see this country overrun by immigrants.”

    Brilliant. But obviously, no one got it.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    September 25, 2010

    I absolutely loved the laugh of the people when Colbert said: “Both sides work on this issue in the best interests of the American people, as you always do”.

    Alex, that was one of the most uncomfortable moments to me. In the halls of congress, the most fundemental flaw is this one. When it is mentioned so overtly, there should not be that kind of laughter. It should have been nervous laughter.

  10. #10 MadScientist
    September 26, 2010

    I thought Colbert was brilliant. I’m not sure if he intended the “as you always do” bit as a joke though his audience obviously thinks it was. He cuts through all the bullshit though. Other developed countries have similar problems; some even have special visa classes for the itinerant farm workers. Such visa programs seem to work well enough; the vast majority of workers keep to their obligations and there is no unusually high amount of abuse by the sponsors either. In many cases the workers are happy to come over, make what is an above average wage in their homeland, and return to their families to spend what they’ve earned. The problem I see for such programs in the USA is that there are a lot of people out there who are dependent on the illegal immigrant status of workers to con them out of decent wages, and these people will fight against reform because the reforms will certainly cost them.

  11. #11 Mike
    September 27, 2010

    I think his comments were largely symbolic. Let’s face it; if anyone is making fun of Congress, it’s the President. By appointing czars and totally bypassing the Legislative Branch, he makes more a mockery of Congress than Colbert ever could

  12. #12 Greg Laden
    September 27, 2010

    Mike, what is a czar?