Stephen Colbert appeared in front of a congressional subcommittee today to testify about undocumented immigrant workers – in character, as his Bill O’Reilly-esque satiric “self” from his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report.
And it made people’s heads explode.
Republicans are mad, because that’s what they do. The media is mad because that’s what they do, too.
The appearance was very clearly a PR stunt to draw attention to what is a truly important issue, you know, if you care about the economy or human rights.
This year’s gubernatorial election in Arizona has drawn a lot of interest as its current governor, Jan Brewer – who was appointed to the position after former governor Janet Napolitano accepted a position in the Obama administration – has been in the spotlight quite a bit over the past few months after signing the controversial immigration bill, SB1070, into law.
She followed up that debut single in the following days with a statement about how illegal immigrants were responsible for all of the headless bodies strewn across the desert. The headless bodies thing was particularly interesting because there never were any headless bodies in the Arizona desert, not from illegal immigrants or from good patriotic Americans. Seems that no one wanted to cut other people’s heads off and toss the bodies in the Arizona desert. Maybe Brewer was just trying to drum up business for her state in the headless body industry. Who knows? (She’s crazy like that…and in other ways.)
Last week she rose to the top of the charts with her performance in a live, televised debate. Her is her opening, um…statement:
As you can see, she’s totally on point. Oh no wait, I mean totally unprepared / dumbfounded.
In the wake of her disastrous and truly pathetic performance, Governor Brewer and her campaign have decided that they will not be participating in any more debates against her opponent, State Attorney General Terry Goddard, saying “I don’t believe that things come out in proper context in an adversarial atmosphere”.
Oh really? Yeah, that’s probably true. Debates…pssh. What a waste of time! Good thing that our electoral process hasn’t centered around debate since the beginning of time. If that were the case, then Governor Brewer declining to debate would make the process nothing more than a vapid and pointless exchange of talking points. Oh, wait…
Why not just say you’re not interested in being Governor? Is this what passes for our political process these days?
If you can’t debate, you can’t govern. If you can’t make an opening statement(!!!) how the hell can you be put in charge of a state?
This is where we are now. Recall Sarah Palin saying that Katie Couric was practicing “gotcha journalism” when she asked what magazines and newspapers the half-governor read, as if somehow the easiest question ever is off limits.
Are we really at the point, Tea Partiers, that all we expect out of our prospective leaders is that they can say “freedom” a lot?
Isn’t it absurd that being an Evangelical Christian is a litmus test for office in many places, but being able to form a complete sentence isn’t?
Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on Governor Brewer for the “headless bodies in the desert” thing.
It’s true. They found one.
And then appointed her Governor after Janet Napolitano vacated the seat…
I thought it was bad when he picked Sarah Palin to run for vice president. That was crazy.
More recently, he tried to claim that he had never thought of himself as a maverick. That’s clear evidence of McCain losing his grip on reality.
Well, he’s completely off the rocker now.
In a radio interview yesterday, McCain said and then repeated that Jersey Shore’s orange oompa-loompa, Snooki, was “too good looking to go to jail”.
I’m pretty sure there’s no place that Snooki is too good looking to go. She could pretty much go into any situation anywhere and most of the guys there would be like, “eh…”.
McCain used to be a bad pilot with intense political ambition and a wealth of perceived integrity. Now he’s just a crazy old nut job / dirty old man. I mean, let’s be realistic. He didn’t pick Palin for her ability to see Vladimir Putin from her panic room.
And this is coming from a guy who has had to go so far to the political right that he’s basically in favor of putting every Mexican in the world in jail.
So Snooki had better be careful with the tanning.
With McCain’s blossoming insanity, I’d give it about a year before he believes she’s Mexican too.