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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by vauge View Post
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    Besides, shouldn't the folks concerned about this whole Colbert thing be calling and bitching on the congress person that invited him in the first place?

    I mean, the dude spent *ONE* day out in the field to make a comedy show and some genius invites him to congress expecting what exactly?
    I can't believe no one gets it. It got this issue and this hearing free exposure. Without his testimony, the hearing wouldn't even be discussed here.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    I can't believe no one gets it. It got this issue and this hearing free exposure. Without his testimony, the hearing wouldn't even be discussed here.
    The hearing still isn't being discussed here - Colberts failure is being discussed here.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    The hearing still isn't being discussed here - Colberts failure is being discussed here.
    What failure? He actually had a pretty good message. Republicans are just pissed about HOW he said it, which in all honesty, why even care about that? I see no real issue here, this is all just over-reactions to a non-issue.
    Reality tends to have a liberal bias.

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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    What failure? He actually had a pretty good message. Republicans are just pissed about HOW he said it, which in all honesty, why even care about that? I see no real issue here, this is all just over-reactions to a non-issue.
    He bombed.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    He bombed.
    Not really, the entire room looked like it was trying to keep themselves from laughing.
    Reality tends to have a liberal bias.

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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    Not really, the entire room looked like it was trying to keep themselves from laughing.
    They did a remarkable job at not laughing, mostly because he was at the height of unfunny. Like I said, Lewis Black must have been busy and Colbert was the red-headed step-child who agreed to the bad idea. On second thought, Black probably would have turned them down, as it was a stupid idea to begin with...
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Some people get it and some don't. That's okay. I personally though it was funny. I understood the point he was making. I doubt it will bring sweeping change, or any change for that matter. But it at least did raise the issue into the public consciousness for a moment.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    They did a remarkable job at not laughing, mostly because he was at the height of unfunny. Like I said, Lewis Black must have been busy and Colbert was the red-headed step-child who agreed to the bad idea. On second thought, Black probably would have turned them down, as it was a stupid idea to begin with...
    The only time Colbert wasn't funny when was he went out of character. You just don't like him because he satires your views.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    I can't believe no one gets it.
    sure, the committee's critics concerning this farce just don't get it

    the adolescent smarminess of the too clever, kiddie crowd is lost on those who are asking---extend bush cuts to all or some, will there or won't there be a vote, how many thousands of extra dollars must i set aside in 2011 for the irs?

    cracks about packers and colonoscopies are just too hi brow for the moms and pops who struggle to keep this country going

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    It got this issue and this hearing free exposure. Without his testimony, the hearing wouldn't even be discussed here.
    this isn't quite the discussion leadership had in mind

    Colbert knocks Dems off message - Jonathan Allen - POLITICO.com

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42723.html ("hoyer rips colbert's appearance")

    An irate House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said on Sunday that comedian Stephen Colbert should not have appeared before a House subcommittee last week, blasting the move as "an embarrassment."

    "I think his testimony was not appropriate. I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House," Hoyer said during an on "Fox News Sunday." "It was not appropriate... What he had to say was not the way it should have been said."
    of course, steny's stand must be seen in the context of intramural maneuvering

    Hoyer's position on the controversial Colbert appearance was in marked contrast to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said it was fine that Colbert testified before a Judiciary subcommittee on immigration.

    "Of course I think it's appropriate," Pelosi told reporters on Friday. "He's an American, right? He comes before the committee, has a point of view, he can bring attention to an important issue like immigration."

    "I think it's great," Pelosi added.
    not funny:

    Hoyer also said that there would be no House vote on extending the Bush tax cuts before Election Day.
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    Re: Colbert Offers Comedy Shtick in Farm Workers Testimony, Fails to Amuse Lawmakers

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    What about other chairpersons who have invited controversial people to testify to make a point?

    What about the chairperson who invited Mark Twain or Will Rogers?
    You keep on pushing that Mark Twain analogy, but it still doesn't make sense.

    The irony was too dense for that crowd; when Colbert speaks in character, he says the opposite of he actually believes. Anti-immigration reform people sensed they were being made fun of, pro-immigration reform people were offended the same way those reading A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift were. The irony is too think and delivered with too much sincerity for people to understand.
    Yea, that's it - everyone was too confused to understand what he was saying. It wasn't that a comedian performing during a hearing was inappropriate, they're just dumb! That explains why Conyers and Hoyer were upset.

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    I can't believe no one gets it. It got this issue and this hearing free exposure. Without his testimony, the hearing wouldn't even be discussed here.
    What percent of this exposure actually has to do with the topic of the hearing? Moreover, if that's the standard we're judging things by, then we should invite the cast of Jersey Shore to preside over hearings on the tax cuts - it's sure to get the public to pay attention.
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