Best of the Week: The Daily Show on Santorum, Blunt, and more…
March 3, 2012 1 Comment
MONDAY (Feb. 27, 2012)
Jon Stewart began the week mocking Rick Santorum for acting as if sending children to college is an act of snobbery. Stewart did a pretty good Santorum impression, rephrasing Santorum’s sentiment into its essence:
Look who’s educating his children! I guess someone’s too good for not knowing things.
Senior Youth Correspondent Jessica Williams mocked Santorum in her own way, by agreeing with him.
I used to be a sweet innocent, church-going girl, who believed volcanoes happened when the devil has hiccups. Then I went to college and they exposed me to new ideas: literature, philosophy, something called sky-ence, and by the end of sophomore year, I was a black girl.
The interview was with astrophysicist and friend-of-the-show Neil deGrasse Tyson. I don’t share his unrestrained enthusiasm for unrestrained technological development, but he’s fun to watch and I’d sure like to see someone put forth as impassioned a plea for a renewed war on poverty as Tyson does for a renewed space program.
TUESDAY (Feb. 28, 2012)
Grover Norquist is so central to the lunacy of the conservative movement that I wish they’d set Aasif Mandvi loose on him. Samantha Bee did a decent job making the point that Norquist’s no tax pledge was invented when he was twelve and yet can be seen through by other twelve-year-olds, but I found myself wanting her segment to expose him more when they were talking in person, and to point out how his central message of drowning government is that of a sociopath.
For me, the best bit of Tuesday was Stewart’s opening, in which he again exposed Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney with his comedy scalpel.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 29, 2012)
The guest was Marsha Gessen, author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Putin is a fascinating figure because of the mystery, and Gessen obviously has a grasp of the details, as she showed when responding seriously to a quip Stewart made about Putin’s propensity for removing his shirt.
The shirtless thing began a little later, it began after about 2005.
I know very little about the power structure in Russia, so I listened when she spoke about Putin’s possible demise.
I think that the power structure that he has built rests on fear and personal connections and money, and the fear is being taken out of the equation.
THURSDAY (Mar. 1, 2012)
Stewart opened by exposing the idiocies of Republicans wanting health coverage to be decided based on the whims of one’s employer.
It’s called the Blunt Amendment after how high you have to be to think that you’re going to pass this fucking thing.
The opening segments may be the best of the best of the week, as they also include Stewart donning a white wig to do a Thomas Jefferson impersonation…
…and unfortunate footage of Barbara Boxer attempting to do humor. Oh, the horror…