Daily Show / Colbert Report: Week in Review
February 4, 2012 6 Comments
On The Daily Show, the guest was Lou Dobbs. Mr. Dobbs showed himself to be all suit and no brain, as he tried to argue that the Texas redistricting found to disenfranchise minority voters was actually a case of activist judges, and he dismissed Occupy as a movement because he hasn’t seen big enough rallies yet.
On The Colbert Report, Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe spoke of having taught Constitutional Law to both Barack Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts. Of Roberts, Tribe showed wit and wisdom when he said:
I’m not sure how much I taught actually made a difference.
The Daily Show had an excellent assessment of how Mitt Romeny’s ex, Bain Capital, and how it operates. Layoffs! Borrowed money!
Less impressive was Yale Professor Jonathan Macey, who was intent on defending vulture capitalism. He had a grasp of the law, but was gleefully ignorant of ethical concerns. Stewart ran circles around him, pointing out the conflicts of interest and proliferation of unethical practices.
On The Colbert Report, The Word was an excellent take-down of conservative historical revisionism.
On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart spoke to Mitt Romney after Mittens said he’s not concerned about the poor because the U.S. social safety net is so awesome:
Did you just suggest that you don’t need to care about the very rich because they’re fine, but also equivalently the very poor, because they’re okay too? Because you know the reason the net is there is because they’re not okay? It’s like a doctor saying “You know, I’m not concerned about the very healthy, because they’re okay, or the very sick, because, you know, morphine — you know what I’m saying.”
On The Colbert Report, Colbert responded to Mitt Romney’s comment that
a competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us
As a conservative myself, I of course want the eventual nominee to be as prepared as possible, so though it pains me to do so, tonight I am creating a new Twitter hashtag, #prepare them, to post vicious personal attacks against both of these good men
And his first tweet about Mittens?
Mitt Romney is not a vulture capitalist. Vultures only eat things that are dead.
On The Daily Show, a John Hodgman segment pointed out that the Republican view of capitalism is basically that of a pyramid scheme, which Stewart correctly deemed “the myth of equal opportunity.” Hodgman played a rich conservative who spoke truth to comedy:
You’re afraid of a popular uprising. Well, you don’t need to worry about that. Why do you think that we came up with all this “soon-to-haves” and “job-creator” nonsense? It’s to make these people think that we’re their heroes. Then they’ll blame themselves for not being rich and we keep them in a state of consumerist torpid depression, until they die of Type 2 diabetes on a pile of scratch-off lottery tickets! It’s perfect. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Aasif Mandvi continued the satire with a biting take-down of Florida’s attempt to make welfare recipients take mandatory drug tests, exposing them as an assault on the poor. Besides being intellectually sound, Mandvi’s segment was very emotionally satisfying as he asked both State Representative Scott Plakon and Governor Rick Scott to back up their claims that we have a right to demand drug tests of those who receive taxpayer money — by asking both of them to submit to drug tests.
While over on The Colbert Report, Stephen continued his brilliant expose of SuperPACs.
I like to think of them as a give-a-penny, take-an-election tray….To all the worrywarts out there who said SuperPACs were going to lead to a cabal of billionaires secretly buying democracy — wrong. They are publicly buying democracy.
Best of the Week?
My vote is for the Colbert-Chasing-Stewart scene which spanned the close of Monday’s Daily Show and the open of Monday’s Colbert Report.