Sure, why not: Stephen Colbert to testify about immigration before House committee — in character

posted at 4:29 pm on September 22, 2010 by Allahpundit

I thought the Daily Caller must have been suckered, but no, apparently, this is really and truly happening. Could be a fun way for Pelosi to spend her last days as speaker, though, yes? Have Colby in this week on immigration, Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld next week on health care, Sarah Silverman the week after that on abortion (a barnburner!), and so forth. Maybe have Franken come down the hall from the Senate to do some improv with them. Cancel the recess; held over by popular demand!

One Republican source said Colbert will be testifying “in character,” the Bill O’Reilly-like muse Colbert uses for his show.

A Judiciary Committee spokeswoman, confirming Colbert would testify, said the hearing matter was a “serious issue . . . this is not a TV stunt.”

Some Republicans have already expressed unhappiness with Colbert witnessing at the hearing, thinking it would make light of a serious issue.

Politico says he’s testifying alongside the president of the United Farm Workers, who appeared on his show back in June to make the case that farm work really is among the semi-mythical Jobs That Americans Won’t Do. Among the subcommittee members who’ll be grilling them: Noted media whore Anthony Weiner, who’s doubtless counting the minutes, and anti-amnesty stalwart Steve King, who’ll probably do most of the jousting with Colby. Memo to King: Be sure to read this in case Cesar Chavez is invoked. Which, let’s face it, he will be.

Fun fact to bear in mind in case your outrage meter is popping here: Our very serious Congress has also invited puppets to testify before its committees.


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Helluva swan song for the 111th Congress. In many ways, it’s fitting considering what a joke they’ve been.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

This is the Paul Wellstone funeral 2.0

Google it

picklesgap on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Colbert, be sure to take a picture with Franken when you’re there. Fiddling while Rome burns 0– that’s a great message to the voters.

Terrie on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

They’re doing it for Al Frankensteins’ benefit. Keeping the conservation at his level of coherence.

BobMbx on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Why, are they immigrants?

Skandia Recluse on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Figures.

Esthier on September 22, 2010 at 4:32 PM

They should also call Dwight K. Schrute.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

This session of congress is a Joke, so why not end it like a black comedy?

portlandon on September 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Stupid. But no surprise.

changer1701 on September 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

They should also call Dwight K. Schrute.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Why not? After all, he is the Assistant to the Regional Manager.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Oh, this is cool. I hope Spiderman is next.

GW_SS-Delta on September 22, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Has Congress been inbreeding for the past few decades? It`s the only way to explain anything like this.

ThePrez on September 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Colbert picked at random or is he some sort of immigration
“expert”? Man, what an embarrassing government we have.

Bishop on September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Congress finally has its Incitatus moment.

thirtypundit on September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Go for it!

Abby Adams on September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

What this Congress needs is a Donkey Show with Nancy Pelosi as the featured star.

NoDonkey on September 22, 2010 at 4:37 PM

“In the future, everybody will testify before congress for fifteen minutes,” -Andy Warhol.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

OT – Neil Cavuto just reported about a White House memo that outlines a plan to give the President the power to give illegals amnesty without having to consult Congress at all.

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I’m moving to Switzerland. Bye.

MadisonConservative on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Good thing the adults are in charge now.

forest on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Why not just get ‘Machete‘?

After all, “They didn’t cross the border! The border crossed them!”

catmman on September 22, 2010 at 4:39 PM

OT – Neil Cavuto just reported about a White House memo that outlines a plan to give the President the power to give illegals amnesty without having to consult Congress at all.

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Oh good. So now Barry won’t even make it to 2012.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Congress finally has its Incitatus moment.
thirtypundit on September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

“Ok, Wilbur…”

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Can we have Snooki testify on taxes on tanning?

terryannonline on September 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

As silly as this is, believe it or not, this isn’t the most ridiculous thing to come out of a hearing. I read that sometime in the 80s an agricultural hearing was conducted with all celebrities and no farmers.

Blarg the Destroyer on September 22, 2010 at 4:40 PM

OT – Neil Cavuto just reported about a White House memo that outlines a plan to give the President the power to give illegals amnesty without having to consult Congress at all.

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

What?!!!!

Norwegian on September 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

That was about two weeks ago… it’s already been denied so it never happened. I guess that’s what makes it news!

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Clearly these kind of shenanigans were what our founding father’s had in mind when they planned out our government

Cookies Mom on September 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

As I said on a Lady Gaga thread – because we all should be taking political talking points about serious issues from vaccous celebreties.

crazy_legs on September 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

And the liberals see NOTHING odd or inappropriate about this.

pjean on September 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

A shameless pander to Comedy Central viewers. “Look, the Democrats had Colbert testify in Washington. That is soooo cool. I think I’ll go vote for the Democrat in November.” I probably shouldn’t use this term because some may think I’m using it lightly (which I’m not), but Congressional Democrats are functionally retarded. If this doesn’t mean that Democrats have hit rock bottom, it does mean they’re awfully close.

joejm65 on September 22, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Wait…if he’s going to be in-character, where he states things he doesn’t believe are true…isn’t he planning to commit perjury?

MadisonConservative on September 22, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Dolly Parton should testify about the ballooning national debt and the outsized deficits.

faraway on September 22, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Our government has become a sad caricature with these idiots in charge.

ButterflyDragon on September 22, 2010 at 4:51 PM

What a shame that Chauncey Gardiner isn’t around anymore cause he’d have been great testifying before Congress.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 4:52 PM

What a shame that Chauncey Gardiner isn’t around anymore cause he’d have been great testifying before Congress.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 4:52 PM

And unlike Obama, he actually can walk on water.

Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Might as well invite Chuck Norris to deliver a few well-deserved roundhouse kicks while they’re at it.

Mr. D on September 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Personally I think Elmo is more credible than Colbert.

vcferlita on September 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

And unlike Obama, he actually can walk on water.
Doughboy on September 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Yes! And he’s a real gardener, unlike the poseur Michelle Antoinette.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Dolly Parton should testify about the ballooning national debt and the outsized deficits.

faraway on September 22, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Not to mention Weapons of Mass Distraction

darwin-t on September 22, 2010 at 4:59 PM

That was about two weeks ago… it’s already been denied so it never happened. I guess that’s what makes it news!

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I do see some articles from today about it. Generally about Nopalitano and DHS policies that would be backdoor amnesty. Of course she says its all bull.

This is a link to the memo draft. (from the washington post)

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Congress finally has its Incitatus moment.
thirtypundit on September 22, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Touche’! No doubt Incitatus dines on arugula too – which is appropriate since this hearing is about lettuce picking and stuff.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Actually here is the memo draft from the post.

http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/documents/dhs_draft_memo_09222010.pdf

jazzmo on September 22, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Colbert’s ratings about to drop.

darwin on September 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM

What time is Lady Gaga scheduled, right after Archie Bunker?

Wade on September 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM

In the 1980s, the Democratic congress called in three Hollywood actresses to testify in hearings about agricultural policy–Sally Field, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. These actresses of course were not farmers, but all had played the role of a farmer’s wife in a recent film–in Sally Field’s case, a widow (Places in the Heart). Lange was in Country, and Spacek was in The River.

This actually happened. And they did not tesify “in character.” I am not making this up.

Emperor Norton on September 22, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Why not get Meryl Streep she knows a lot about Alar and apples?

fourdeucer on September 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Hey, maybe Glenn Beck could dress up like George Washington and testify in front of the immigration committee!

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 5:08 PM

“In the future, everybody will testify before congress for fifteen minutes,” -Andy Warhol.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Thread winner!

Bruno Strozek on September 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Congress is paying Colbert? Or is he performing for free?

applebutter on September 22, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Given the opportunity, I would very much enjoy kicking the living sh!t out of this Canadian pansy.

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 5:17 PM

What about Lady Gaga popping by with Moammar Khadafy? She needs a new gig with the non-repeal of DADT and his sartorial splendor lights up whatever venue he’s at.

Mister Ghost on September 22, 2010 at 5:19 PM

F*cking nitwits, all of them.

Jaibones on September 22, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Maximus in Congress: “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Tea Party Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Sarah Palin. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next. “

faraway on September 22, 2010 at 5:21 PM

wow…… sure can see …Jobs… is the top priority

roflmao

donabernathy on September 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Will he bring a monkey with his circus act? People love monkeys.

Warner Todd Huston on September 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I say we get RDJ to come in and recreate his testimony as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2.

Vyce on September 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Will he bring a monkey with his circus act? People love monkeys.
Warner Todd Huston on September 22, 2010 at 5:26 PM

And congress can dress up as donkeys. Or clowns.

Buy Danish on September 22, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Will somebody please nominate a horse to the Senate. I mean a whole horse too not just the rear end. Senate’s already full of them.

Oldnuke on September 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I can’t believe that as low in esteem as I hold Congress, they somehow have the ability to go even lower. My question is what is the message here? These selections are always intended to reinforce some point, so is it that the viewpoint of people against illegal immigration are so worthless that they can have a stupid clown testifying in front of Congress?

JavelinaBomb on September 22, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Huge Colbert fan, but this is so embarrassing. Not for him, but for Congress.

YYZ on September 22, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Big Deal. Let me know when Eric Cartman is testifying.

redshirt on September 22, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Remember: The grown ups are in charge now.

Will somebody please nominate a horse to the Senate. I mean a whole horse too not just the rear end. Senate’s already full of them.

Oldnuke on September 22, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Well some of them seem fairly Caligula/Nero-esque so it would totally be okey dokey…

mjk on September 22, 2010 at 5:37 PM

You have freaking gotta be freaking kidding me !
What an utter embarrassment these people are !

pambi on September 22, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

scalleywag on September 22, 2010 at 5:41 PM

And these pious bastards will then ask:

WHY ARE WE HELD IN SUCH LOW ESTEEM!

Bring it on! Just what we need right before the elections.

GarandFan on September 22, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Funny they should use puppets…at this point I’d rather have the Sesame Street gang running the nation. They’d do a better job.

Dark-Star on September 22, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Republicans should call Adam Baldwin to testify as John Casey. That would be awesome!

DamnCat on September 22, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Fun fact to bear in mind in case your outrage meter is popping here: Our very serious Congress has also invited puppets to testify before its committees.

Who? Miss Piggy? To give them pointers on pork?

They need to be stripped of their salary and their retirement.

INC on September 22, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Bread and circuses

gary4205 on September 22, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Wait…if he’s going to be in-character, where he states things he doesn’t believe are true…isn’t he planning to commit perjury?

MadisonConservative on September 22, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Roger Clemens’ only hope: I was testifying in character.

TexasDan on September 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM

It’s Howdy Dowdy Time..

Wade on September 22, 2010 at 6:12 PM

They should also call Dwight K. Schrute.

Akzed on September 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Maybe not for Immigration, but certainly for the Agricultural Committee.

Then they can bring in the Fonz to testify on the Jumping the Shark Committee.

Lily on September 22, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Clown Government.

Gang-of-One on September 22, 2010 at 6:14 PM

It’s bad enough when celebrities “testify” before Congress on matters of which they’re largely ignorant, but having one do so in character reaches a new low. Since our unserious representatives insist on making such fools of themselves, they might consider bringing in the fine cast of the fine HBO series John Adams. At least those characters would be people worth listening to.

SukieTawdry on September 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM

We have time for this nonsense, but no time to do the budget???

capejasmine on September 22, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Personally I think Elmo is more credible than Colbert.

vcferlita on September 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM

At this point, a hastily crafted sock puppet holds more credibility than the Congress itself…

…and anyone who voted Democrat in the last 20 years.

SuperCool on September 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

This is what happens when the adults are in charge.

Scrappy on September 22, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Why hasn’t Rusty Shacklefort been summoned before congress?

These guys really don’t see their jobs as serious, they seem to just want to look cool for the young voters and hopefully it bites them in the ass.

How does interviewing a guest make you qualified? Also how does immigration control hurt farms? If we deported all illegals there would still be an immigration list 10 million people strong, looking to come in and get those jobs.

Rbastid on September 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Every Conservative on that committee should be there and rip this guy a new A-hole! What a slap in the face of tax paying Americans! WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on September 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Do Dread, I disagree; Every conservative should just not show up. That’s perfect fodder for their campaign.
”While the American people suffer and are in need of help and leadership, the democrats waste time and tax payers monies by having an fictitious television personality testify to congress.”
These are the people that are currently in charge.
Is this what you want your representatives do to, take advice from a fictitious person that will help forge policy and national security?

If so then vote D. if not, then boot the bastards out.

ColdWarrior57 on September 23, 2010 at 2:56 PM