Conyers to Colbert: We love you, but …

posted at 11:48 am on September 24, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The carefully-crafted attempt by Democrat Zoe Lofgren to make her fellow Democrats look hip and with it crashed into a debacle earlier this morning when the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration held its much-publicized hearing with Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert on hand to offer testimony.  As John Conyers notes, the media and spectators turned out to see whether Colbert would address the panel seriously as an expert on immigration and make the panel a joke, or stay in character and make the panel a bigger joke.  In this video, Conyers comes up with what he thought may have been the only way out of the conundrum — and winds up embarrassing the committee even further than anyone could have predicted:

Byron York reports that it just got worse for the Democrats afterward:

Colbert said he was there at the invitation of Lofgren and would do whatever she asked. Seeking a moment to think, Lofgren asked Republican Rep. Dan Lungren to speak for a few moments while she decided what to do.

Colbert stayed in place as the other witnesses made opening statements. When Colbert’s turn came, Conyers briefly interrupted to say that he was withdrawing his request for Colbert to leave.

Then Colbert began his testimony, which was an in-character schtick based on a one-day visit to an upstate New York farm. “This is America,” Colbert said. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican.” It was a strange and awkward moment, and one that could come back to some of the Democrats on the panel in the campaign ahead.

That’s OK. Loretta Sanchez doesn’t want to live in a district represented by a Vietnamese Congressman, either. Democrats would have been better off having the media cover the Coates testimony at the Civil Rights Commission hearing instead.

Update: Here’s another moment for the history books, courtesy of Teresa Kopec on Twitter: “Corn packer is a derogatory term for Gay Iowans.”  Thanks, Democrats, for bringing this to the halls of Congress while the economy continues to stagnate and millions of people are without jobs.


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Oh I sooooooooooooooo want to see if Olbermann has the guts to name Colbert his Worst Person In The World tonight!

Come on, Olby! Go for it! We dare you!

pilamaye on September 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM

http://www.abc4.com/content/news/Entertainment/story/Costner-testifies-at-oil-spill-hearings/kwyDEmTXpEKCI8UL44LVRQ.cspx

I had to dig for media coverage about this guy’s testimony. Hmmm, wonder why.

scalleywag on September 24, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert only appeal to sad uniformed losers…

When the Democrat party tells either of them to do something they push it forward.

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

WashingtonsWake on September 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I’m tired of nonsense like this. I work my butt off as do most folks I know in normal America. Maybe you don’t, dunno, that’s your problem.

gator70 on September 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Next you’ll say something crazy like Washington courted Martha because she was a wealthy widow.
Keep historical icons 2-D I say!

LincolntheHun on September 24, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Indeed that would be crazy. Speculation is not history. There is nothing other than the opinion of people 200 years later to show what Washington’s true intentions were.

Black Yoshi on September 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

For your “brawls on the house floor,” there were a few instances of this, but it was hardly the norm. One of the more famous instances happened during the debates leading up to the SpanAm War. Those brawls may have been an embarrassment to Congress, but this is open mockery of the American people. I’d much prefer a brawl or two.

As for the duels…they never happened inside the halls of Congress, nor were they a sanctioned event. There was actually a law outlawing them. Hamilton’s last duel was actually done in complete secrecy…and would likely have been a little known historical event if Burr had missed. Need a pitchfork?

Pattosensei on September 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM

So Colbert is now deemed an “expert” because he worked on a farm for ONE DAY?

Crap, that means I should be running the Agriculture Department. I worked on a truck farm for an ENTIRE SUMMER!

GarandFan on September 24, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Oh I sooooooooooooooo want to see if Olbermann has the guts to name Colbert his Worst Person In The World tonight!

Come on, Olby! Go for it! We dare you!

pilamaye on September 24, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Olby’s not getting out of his bathtub for a week because Jeff Zucker got canned as head of NBC. He’s going to be pondering his job prospects if the new management crew decides he’s not worth the trouble to keep around.

teke184 on September 24, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Zoe Lofgren is a dingbat, so I’m not surprised that she crashed and burned.

Ward Cleaver on September 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Send In The Clowns:

The Democrat majority invited Colbert as a distraction from a) their failure to vote on the Bush Tax Cuts, b) Coats testimony at DOJ hearings. And/or a recent study reveals most youth get their ‘news’ from shows like Colbert and Jon Stewart, and Democrats are losing the youth vote.

It’s proof that the Democratic party is in panic mode; with CLOWNS like these in our government it’s little wonder our economy is in such crisis.

VOTE NOvember!!!!!!!

TN Mom on September 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM

The dignity of times past has been greatly exaggerated. Yeah, I guess the early American Congress didn’t have Colbert, but they did have mass brawls on the floor :/

Black Yoshi on September 24, 2010 at 12:17 PM

But at least they had an honest brawl. They didn’t plan ahead and bring in “professional wrestlers” to do it for them.

taznar on September 24, 2010 at 1:08 PM

The Democrat Congress: reaching new heights of jackassery.

Captain Kirock on September 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Is this any way to run a company? I mean country. Country.

Just A Grunt on September 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Pattosensei on September 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM
Indeed that would be crazy. Speculation is not history. There is nothing other than the opinion of people 200 years later to show what Washington’s true intentions were.

.

Okay Martha at 19 marries Dan Custis wealthy planter who is in his late thirties, has four children by him, he dies in 1757 leaving her a dower trust (she gets 1/3, kids get 2/3). George woos her when they are both 27. George is rather old by those days to be unmarried and she is older than he is which is also uncommon. People were after all marrying 14 year olds.
George was the first born of his father’s second wife, so at the time was entitled to very little when pop kicked off. In fact his older ½ brother Lawrence inherited most of the wealth, and George did get some of that when Lawrence did die off.
Still while born to a wealthy family George himself was not wealthy. He was never able to buy a commission (common practice back then for British Army Officers to buy their rank) in the British Army for instance.
It was also a common practice back then to marry wealthy widows; women were not allowed to own property, in total, back then if they had a husband. They might hold it in trust, but not total ownership.
And then there are the letters to Sandy Fairfax who was married to a friend that were a bit overly personal, even for back then.
Upon his marriage to Martha he was very wealthy, and he got to live the aristocratic life style.
Feel free to refute any of this.
George was a great man but he was not infallable, none of them were, and it does them and us a disservice to treat them as such.

LincolntheHun on September 24, 2010 at 1:19 PM

what an embarrasement…

and THIS gets highlighted over Coates testimony…unfreakingbelievable…

cmsinaz on September 24, 2010 at 1:23 PM

At 1:49 he either tweaks his tie to make a fart sound, or does so via a razzberry… Either way… It’s there.

RalphyBoy on September 24, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I heard the same thing. He brings his pen close to the mic for it.

kerrhome on September 24, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Unbelievable! Colbert becomes an object of ridicule as well as casting suspicion on a room full of ineffectual jerk.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee should be proud.

try again later on September 24, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I just watched the video over at fox.com, if I was on that commitee I would have gotten up and walked out. They made a mockery of the procedure. This is what the Demowhits think of our Republic. They think we are all idots and couldn’t give a rats a@# what we think. As I watched it, I could see some up on the commitee fighting to not bust a gut laughing. Then I was think of our brave young men and women in harms way, when they watch this, what will go through the minds. Then I thought about to the brave Men and Women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifice… These d*%che bags wouldn’t know ultimate sacrifice if it came up and kick them in the groin. My GOD don’t these people have no honor… NO they F*%#’N don’t. As you can see I am PISSED OFF. Thank you for letting me vent… Semper Fi!

USMCDevilDog on September 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Instapundit says:

“The Colbert testimony was intended to distract from coverage of Christopher Coates’ testimony about the Justice Department’s racism scandals. . .”

Powerline says:

“Coates’s testimony is a bombshell. It exposes a couple of Obama administration scandals at once. One involves the Obama administration’s attempt to cover up the rationale for burying the case against the NBPP. The other involves the Obama administration’s support for the racially based administration of justice.”

Coates testified today:

“[There is a] deep-seated opposition to the race-neutral enforcement of the Voting Rights Act against racial minorities and for the protection of whites who have been discriminated against.

Analysis here.

Emperor Norton on September 24, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Court jester, please leave the throne room, and send in Pee Wee Hermon to testify on the housing bailout scheduled for this afternoon.

Idiots……

Hening on September 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

The Colbert appearance was designed to distract the media from reporting Christopher Coates’ testimony about the corruption and racism at the Justice Department.

Emperor Norton on September 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Zoe Lofgren, D-CA Congress, invited Colbert and insisted he remain on the floor with his ‘report’.

Some Republicans criticized Democrats for inviting Colbert. SOME? There’s limited time to the session before Congress breaks. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Fox News, “Of course I think it’s appropriate,” she said. “I think it’s great.”

TONE DEAF doesn’t go far enough to describe Democrats’ detachment from reality. Brain dead does.

maverick muse on September 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Unfortunately for Colbert, Coates’ name is enough alike that the media writers will confuse which story gets teleprompter air time. Those air heads distract too easily.

maverick muse on September 24, 2010 at 1:58 PM

That was almost as embarrassing to watch as ol’ fart Andy Griffith telling us ObamaCare will protect us from FRAAAWD.
There she is….Sheila J. Lee on her phone again. I wonder how much $$ she spends monthly calling S-E-X-n-U-R-P-H-O-N-E? (NOT a real number!)

SouthernPride on September 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM

You men like when the Republicans called Elmo from Sesame Street? Colbert is an actual human being.

dieudonne on September 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM

I guess it is my duty to call out the leftist morons that use the arguements “I know you are, but what am I?” and the republicans did it too and that is obviously worse, because they are supposed to know better.

There is a difference between honoring a beloved public figure (Elmo) to speak before congress and calling a pop-culture icon to TESTIFY before congress on matters important to the American people. Moron!! all you lib trolls are alike!

Way back when, the congress also honored anothe humorist by inviting him to speak – Will Rogers. He was from a political family with a Cherokee sanator and US congressman (Clem McSpadden) However, when Will spoke he had something to add: Then congress makes a law, its a joke, and when congress makes a joke, its a law.

Will also had something to say to all the morons that blamed Hoover (and Bush) for the depression – “Do you really think that Herbert Hoover woke up one morning and said ‘This would be a good day to destroy a country’. So he did”.

Old Country Boy on September 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Where was Lady Gagme? Colbert needed a straight man. and congress wonders why we don’t trust or take them seriously.

pgrossjr on September 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM

As Andrew Napolitano pointed out, only the Dems would elicit sworn testimony from a man playing a ficticious character.

The Dems have jumped the shark…officially.

DrW on September 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM

As Andrew Napolitano pointed out, only the Dems would elicit sworn testimony from a man playing a ficticious character.

The Dems have jumped the shark…officially.

DrW on September 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM

This is embarrassing but they jumped the shark a long time ago.

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

“I know you are, but what am I?” and the republicans did it too and that is obviously worse, because they are supposed to know better.

You clearly misunderstood.

Colbert is an actual human being that is offering his personal testimony. The fact that he does so as a satirist is neither here nor there for me. Satirists have long been a part of any open political process and aren’t going away anytime soon.

Elmo, on the other other hand, is a lump of fur that looks like a drain clog voiced by a man with a nose clip and a kazoo that was doing little more than begging for cash for musical instruments for children and taking about how sad it would make him if children didn’t get clarinets.

It’s possible to engage in serious dialogue using satire and wit – begging via puppets … ehhhh … I’m not so sure.

There is a difference between honoring a beloved public figure (Elmo) to speak before congress

Private opinion. Personally, I loathe Elmo.

Will also had something to say to all the morons that blamed Hoover (and Bush) for the depression

Oh I definitely think Will Rogers had something serious to say. I think Colbert did as well when he said “Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.” I don’t doubt the sincerity of that opinion and it seems shortsighted to belittle it.

dieudonne on September 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Apparently, the family of Jamiel Shaw was unavailable for comment.

The Ugly American on September 24, 2010 at 2:36 PM

We’re that much closer to idiocracy.

Aren’t we glad the adults are in charge?

ButterflyDragon on September 24, 2010 at 2:37 PM

This repulsive and insulting hearing cost American citizens $125,000, according to a report on Fox News (Megyn Kelly). Those responsible for inviting this glib comic buffoon, Colbert, to insult the American people by suggesting that Americans are too lazy to do the jobs that illegal invaders do, ought to be forced to pay back the American people.

We presently have bona fide jackasses making major decisions, which impact our lives.

Enough-is-enough!

November 2010 and 2012 cannot come soon enough.

sinsing on September 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM

The serious business of the United States Congres on display.

Maybe this what Democrats meant about wanting to “change the way Washington works”.

Pathetic.

Scrappy on September 24, 2010 at 2:41 PM

while the economy tanks… what’s the government solution….

invite another clown to the circus

roflmao

donabernathy on September 24, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Dang thanks Zoe!

Keep sending in clowns like this Dems. Makes our job of pointing out your circus of silly ideas much easier.

JeffB. on September 24, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hmmm trolls like Crr avoid these type of threads…I wonder why./

CWforFreedom on September 24, 2010 at 3:02 PM

dieudonne on September 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I didn’t misunderstand you. I tried to equate Elmo with a concept that was to be honored by the congress because of the good he does for American children. I was not using Elmo as an example of testimonial pithiness. However, you are also making an improper assumption.

Oh I definitely think Will Rogers had something serious to say. I think Colbert did as well when he said “Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.” I don’t doubt the sincerity of that opinion and it seems shortsighted to belittle it.

You were right that the statement was his opinion. I don’t think he has any evidence or can prove that “Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.” He presented no evidence of this. However, we don’t invite commedians to speak their unfounded opinions before congress. We want experienced people speaking facts. To even equate Colbert with Will Rogers is to equate a Las Vegas marriage chapel Elvis to the real thing.

Old Country Boy on September 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I don’t get it. But then I’m still trying to understand to brough-hah-hah over the anti-m*st*rb*t**n moralizing.

Seriously, was Krusty — I meam Colbert — under oath? If so, Logren is guilty of suborning purgery. If not, why should anyone care what he has to say in a hearing.

flicker on September 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM

As Andrew Napolitano pointed out, only the Dems would elicit sworn testimony from a man playing a ficticious character. DrW on September 24, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Oh I definitely think Will Rogers had something serious to say. I think Colbert did as well when he said “Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.” I don’t doubt the sincerity of that opinion and it seems shortsighted to belittle it.

dieudonne on September 24, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Neither Will Rogers nor Elmo gave sworn testimony before Congress as an imaginary character. They offered opinion, as you indicate Colbert did. While he certainly has the right to express his opinion, sworn testimony is for providing facts that will enable lawmakers to reach an informed decision.

This hearing was intended to address a serious issue before Congress which impacts virtually every American, either directly or indirectly (think lost jobs, lowered wages, increased taxes, closed hospitals and schools, higher insurance costs, etc.). The committee should not be wasting the time of the American people hearing opinion from a ficticious character, who by definition cannot be sworn anyway (who is telling the truth, Colbert, or his character? How can opinions be true or not true?).

Colbert already has a national platform to offer his opinions to the American public. Our elected officials need to focus on facts provided by experts, not opinions provided by entertainers.

mcc4 on September 24, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I didn’t misunderstand you.

Well when you say:

“I know you are, but what am I?” and the republicans did it too and that is obviously worse, because they are supposed to know better.

I think you’ve misunderstood because that wasn’t my point at all. My point was that 1) If we had a muppet come and speak before congress they can have their satirist and 2) A satirist has at least some to valid and serious political commentary that a high man with a puppet might not.

I don’t think he has any evidence or can prove that “Migrant workers suffer and have no rights.”

Ahahahaha. If you think that it can’t be proven that migrant workers are mistreated I’m sorry – it seems little more than a fools pipe dream to say that it can’t be proven. Do a webseach in any engine of your choice for “Texas Colonias” and learn quickly about the lack of adequate sanitation, food, education, law, etc. etc. for the 400,000 Texans that live in one. I may disagree with liberal solutions but I’m not going to say that it isn’t a problem and I am routinely ashamed at the deplorable conditions that my fellow citizens will take an active hand in creating in order to make a fast buck. I never saw an active case of cholera in my life until I visited one of those communities with open pit sewage.

To even equate Colbert with Will Rogers is to equate a Las Vegas marriage chapel Elvis to the real thing.

Even a Vegas Elvis wedding is still a legally binding wedding. A valid point made by a satirist is still a valid point. The fact the he is a satirist should have no bearing on whether or not a congressman can call him up to ask questions.

dieudonne on September 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

If any “migrant worker” is upset that they have “no rights” in the US then they can leave the country they have no right to be in and return to their own country.

Problem solved!

Really Right on September 24, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Whenever I fly from home to visit family in NC, I’m always amazed at the huge difference in job staffing compared to here in Los Angeles.

Nearly all of the hotel housekeepers, gardeners, construction workers, fast food workers and restaurant workers are white or black and often teenagers/young adults or older retirees.

As teenagers, my brothers and I never had any trouble finding part-time jobs …whether it was mowing grass, picking vegetables or even cropping tobacco. And as anyone who’s ever cropped tobacco can tell you, it’s hot n’ hellish work …though the money we got afterwards seemed like a king’s ransom at the time.

Nowadays, teenagers in L.A. have a better chance at getting arrested than landing a part-time job.

The Ugly American on September 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The sign said there would be a puppetshow

TONIGHT

PUPPET SHOW

and congress

Sonosam on September 24, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Subject: Dan Sahagun (R)(Candidate Congressional D16) Calls for Lofgren Apology over Colbert “Testimony”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Zoe Lofgren invites a comedian to testify on farm workers and immigration.

Zoe Lofgren’s decision to invite Stephen Colbert to testify before Congress about farm workers makes a mockery of the plight of families suffering in the agricultural sector and turns the serious issue of immigration into a sad joke. As an immigrant myself, who worked as a child in the fields to help put food on my family’s table – hard, back-breaking work, Colbert’s so-called testimony was as insulting as it was in bad taste – and it shows how out of touch Congresswoman Lofgren is with the hardships facing Americans today.

Congresswoman Lofgren needs to apologize immediately to the American people, to the farmers and farm workers across the nation.

Lofgren’s decision to invite a comedian to Congress demonstrates a serious lack of judgment and leadership on her part. It is also an insult to the honest hard working farm workers who provide the food for much of the country. But that comes as no surprise given her poor leadership and oversight as the Chair of the Congressional Ethics Committee. Under her watch we’ve seen an explosion of scandals – Rangel, Waters, and many others. She didn’t do her job, didn’t ensure that Congresspersons acted ethically.

She has also dropped the ball on her responsibilities to the people of Congressional District 16 – the people of San Jose, Morgan Hill, and across the South Bay. She has voted time and time again to punish working families of all income levels – from the farm worker to the business executive.

· Voted time and again to raise taxes and increase regulations across the board, hurting families and businesses of all sizes.

· Voted to KEEP the Alternative Minimum Tax that punishes the Middle Class

· Voted for the Obamacare Bill which places onerous new costs on businesses, costing jobs, driving up healthcare costs and intruding into our lives

· Supports Cap and Trade and other excessive environmental regulations that will cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars, and cost millions of Americans their jobs

At every turn, Lofgren has proven herself to be hostile to business, hostile to working families, hostile to the innovation that has made Silicon Valley the marvel of the world – and now, by inviting a comedian to provide testimony on critical issues proves that she’s woefully out of touch.

I’ve been a farm worker, and I’m a military veteran who has spent his adult life working in the high-tech economy here in Silicon Valley. I understand what it will take to turn things around. That’s why I’m running against Zoe Lofgren as the Republican Candidate in District 16. We face serious issues, and need serious solutions – not jokes.

http://www.dansahagun.com/


Son-of-a-Gun!
Daniel (Dan) Sahagun
Republican Nominee for California’s 16th Congressional district
ZOE has to GO!!! . . Dan’s your Man!!!

EasyEight on September 24, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I think we’re done with the experiment on letting adolescents and fairy godmothers run the Congress. Fine, let Colbert have one more mattress jump in the Lincoln bedroom, and then shut all the tom foolery down.

Mark30339 on September 24, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Fake news caster addresses Clown Congress.

bitsy on September 24, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I am baffled as to why I wasn’t called to testify before congress. In my youth I spent entire summers, not just 1 freaking day, working in agricultural jobs, picking strawberries, stringing beans, picking beans, bucking hay, etc. I gladly did those jobs for literally pennies, but then laws were passed that prohibited me from doing that kind of work (because I was under 16 yrs old).

So, its not work “Americans won’t do”, its work “American’s are prohibited from doing”

LIARS – ALL of them!!

I am so sick of this crap!

Fatal on September 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Conyers just wanted to get home so he could visit his wife in federal prison, where she was sent for accepting a bribe while a member of the Detroit City Council. It’s good to know that my state is being represented by such a stellar brain trust as John Conyers, Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin.

flytier on September 24, 2010 at 5:14 PM

John Stewart has to be insanely jealous.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Coates.

Coates.

Coates

Coates.

Coates.

Coates.

This is a distraction.

Colbert was sent to the hill as a distraction. Wake up!

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

American Power tracked back with, ‘Stephen Colbert Appears Before Congress’.

Donald Douglas on September 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Coates.

Coates.

Coates

Coates.

Coates.

Coates.

This is a distraction.

Colbert was sent to the hill as a distraction. Wake up!

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Yes.

the_nile on September 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM

This is an utter implosion.

I don’t know what’s coming but, it’s coming fast.

roy_batty on September 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM

I grew up in farm country. I knew a lot of farm kids that worked on farms, for free. Because that’s what kids did. Chores for the family business. They worked hard, and reaped a benefit, by having a roof over their head, and good food on their tables.

No one is forcing immigrants to come here illegally, and do these jobs. So why are we supposed to empathize here? I’m sure there are people willing to do the work…and they’re legal!

capejasmine on September 24, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Colbert was sent to the hill as a distraction. Wake up!

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Colbert would have been a distraction in a simpler time, pre-cable, pre-internet, pre-alternate media.

The old plays aren’t effective anymore, everyone’s awake.

roy_batty on September 24, 2010 at 5:35 PM

The ultimate sacrifice… These d*%che bags wouldn’t know ultimate sacrifice if it came up and kick them in the groin. My GOD don’t these people have no honor… NO they F*%#’N don’t. As you can see I am PISSED OFF. Thank you for letting me vent… Semper Fi!

USMCDevilDog on September 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Vent away, actually ……I’m embarrassed for the country really. Could we be more poorly served?

whbates on September 24, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Since Colbert assisted the Dems in keeping attention off the DOJ corruption scandal, this was really an instance of “Clown Nose Off.” Betray your “craft,” much?

Christien on September 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

MSNBC spins:

The Chuckster Todd compares Colbert “testifying” before Congress to:
Chris Christie ‘attacking’ a heckler; and/or
Bristol Palin on “Dancing with the Stars”.

Marcus on September 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Coates.

Coates.

Coates

Coates.

Coates.

Coates.

This is a distraction.

Colbert was sent to the hill as a distraction. Wake up!

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Coates is a non-story. A RINO on the Civil Rights Commission told me so.

Kiss Kiss, crr6

Del Dolemonte on September 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Clowns.

Johnny 100 Pesos on September 24, 2010 at 6:13 PM

What is this, Rome?

“Well, dance little monkey, dance! Entertain us for a while. We are so dreadfully bored… Dance! Or we kill you!”

somewhatconcerned on September 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I really can’t and don’t disagree with your contention about “mistreatment” of illegals. However, what I said was that Colbert presented no EVIDENCE that his contentions were true – WHICH IS THE DUTY OF ANYONE APPEARING TO TESTIFY IN FACT BEFORE CONGRESS. Which I might add that this is truly ironic to tell the truth and present facts when testifying to the most mendacious organization in American politics.

If Colbert said that the illegals were treated significantly better than American workers, you probably would have been the first to demand he prove it, since it goes against your perceptions.

Actually, I bow to mcc4 on September 24, 2010 at 3:31 PM who makes my point better than I did.

One more thing – I have been in a couple a dozen countries around this orb and I can attest that the illegals in the US are treated much better than the illegals in almost any other country. See how you are treated if you are an illegal in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Mexico.

Old Country Boy on September 24, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Coates.

Coates.

Coates

Coates.

Coates.

Coates.

This is a distraction.

Colbert was sent to the hill as a distraction. Wake up!

tetriskid on September 24, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Yup…

Fallon on September 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM

And what was Colbert trying to distract from?

THIS:

http://biggovernment.com/abreitbart/2010/09/24/which-malik-shabazz-visited-white-house-in-july-2009-mr-president/

Not only was Shabazz let off from the DOJ, he was a guest at the private residence of the White House shortly thereafter.

Someone mind looking into this?

UnderstandingisPower on September 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Not only was Shabazz let off from the DOJ, he was a guest at the private residence of the White House shortly thereafter.

Someone mind looking into this?

UnderstandingisPower on September 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Sounds like there are people looking into it, but until congress changes hands there will be little done. If what you post is true there should be a special prosecutor appointed to find out what really is going on and charges put forward.

whbates on September 24, 2010 at 7:32 PM

What is this, Rome?

“Well, dance little monkey, dance! Entertain us for a while. We are so dreadfully bored… Dance! Or we kill you!”

somewhatconcerned on September 24, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Bread and Circuses.

Gang-of-One on September 24, 2010 at 7:35 PM

The whole scene was all so thoroughly disgusting that not only was Congress the butt of this joke, but also Colbert may have just ruined himself today.

petefrt on September 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Conyers sounds more lame and dragging than ever. Guess that’s a sign of his enforced celibacy now that his wife’s in jail.

SilentWatcher on September 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Kirsten Powers thinks Colber did great. Suprise.

slickwillie2001 on September 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

The more this plays out the more peed off I get. This Jack@ss is all over the news and all the pundits are saying things like “I don’t blame Colbert” or “It was funny…”

NO IT WAS NOT! This was a mockery of the American government, the American people, and the law of the land! Colbert shares just as much of the blame for not have even the slightest dignity. He could have said “Sorry, but that would be crossing the line.” But for any of these progressive jerks there is no line that can’t be crossed.

I AM MAD AS HELL AND I’M NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE!

Sorry for the caps spam, but I gotta get it out somehow…

Pattosensei on September 24, 2010 at 10:40 PM

What a classless schmuck.

kingsjester on September 24, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Migrant workers, aka undocumented democrats, have no rights!

Tell that to the hospitals in California.

Coldbare was just blowing it out hisderriere.

Dhuka on September 25, 2010 at 12:23 AM

inspectorudy on September 24, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Thanks. I was just going to say “don’t you have to swear an oath to testify before Congress?” How in the world was him testifying in character legal?? Democrats wonder why we think they have no respect for the law. Uh, because of things like this clusterfark! Duh! Dems are an embarrassment to out whole entire country.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 25, 2010 at 2:47 AM

I’d love to ask him if he committed perjury when he said, “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican.”; he’d have to admit that he either violated his oath or he truly is a bigot. Ha!

Aslans Girl on September 25, 2010 at 2:50 AM

Christien on September 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

LOL! An affront to vegetables ;)

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 25, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Evidently, this is what Democrats truly think of our system of government and rule of law: a joke.

If the Republicans don’t lay this out to the public this cycle, they deserve to be thrown out with the bathwater.

Lockstein13 on September 25, 2010 at 5:41 AM

Guess that’s a sign of his enforced celibacy now that his wife’s in jail.

SilentWatcher on September 24, 2010 at 9:05 PM

You don’t think there are still $50 Lewinskies in D.C.?

Squiggy on September 25, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Zoe’s web page won’t let you contact her if you don’t live in her district so:

Dear Congresswoman:

In my view you are a fool for allowing, indeed instigating the Stephen Colbert foolishness that took place in a Congressional hearing.

It was a contemptable display and you should be a censured for bringing dishonor upon the House of Representitaves.

Mr. Grump on September 25, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Zoe’s web page won’t let you contact her if you don’t live in her district so:

Dear Congresswoman:

In my view you are a fool for allowing, indeed instigating the Stephen Colbert foolishness that took place in a Congressional hearing.

It was a contemptable display and you should be a censured for bringing dishonor upon the House of Representitaves.

Mr. Grump on September 25, 2010 at 6:59 AM

I sent a signed copy to my Rep for him to forward to Zoe. Of course he’s a lib Dem too, so it probably won’t do much good…

Mr. Grump on September 25, 2010 at 7:09 AM

Hey, Pelosi thought he was “great”.

Though she didn’t say which part she liked better – the part where he demeaned homosexuals or when he talked about having someone wax off his pubic hair.

Stay tuned next week as the Democrats continue to celebrate Congressional Gravitas Month by inviting Carrot Top to testify before Congress on the issue of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, followed by a lengthy, in-depth health care forum moderated by Gallagher.

Bruce MacMahon on September 25, 2010 at 7:49 AM

this was a stupid spectacle. Colbert’s jackassery isn’t surprising and it reflects just grandly on the jackass woman that invited him there. Stupid is as stupid does. Both Zoe and Colbert can go play jackass and give each other wedgies and such after her dumbass gets thrown out of office and off that panel

ted c on September 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM

I didn’t think Colbert was funny at all. I resent that even the Fox reporters and commentators are giving Colbert a pass on this.

I with the woman who invited him would go down in a flaming defeat, but I realize that it’ll be a cold day in h*ll before that happens.

What it confirms is that Dems are not serious about addressing our country’s serious issues.

BuckeyeSam on September 25, 2010 at 8:21 AM

He was not even funny, just stupid! Here is some satire

Top 10 Reasons Why If You Are From Delaware That You Should Elect Christine O’Donnell

Nearly Nobody on September 25, 2010 at 8:47 AM

I’m not pro-illegals, but in this blog I see lots of comments about illegals having no rights. According to our American traditions that philosophy is unacceptable and wrong. Most of our rights are derived from the Creator. They don’t stop at the border, and the Creator did not only give them to Americans, but to everyone. WHO are YOU to deny rights given by the Creator??? What America and The Constitution does is to try to ensure these rights are not abridged, at least within our own borders, and anywhere else we have influence.

Old Country Boy on September 25, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Newsflash: Liberals make bad decisions.

kingsjester on September 25, 2010 at 9:22 AM

What did this cost the taxpayers?

hawkdriver on September 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM

What did this cost the taxpayers?

hawkdriver on September 25, 2010 at 9:26 AM

$125,000, bro…the cost of having the committee in session.

kingsjester on September 25, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Mr. Colbert gets points for making the points (although in a P.C. society he gets negative points for style. I give him extra points for pulling it off – showing the public that humor rests in reality – and not getting bleeped once.

Maybe, he was able to pull it off by submitting a phony set of prepared remarks to the Committee beforehand and having the humor ready as Committee members asked their standard questions seeking the Who, What, When, Were, Why.

MSGTAS on September 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Show some balls to make fun of “victim class groups”. Then I would be impressed. That would be cutting edge but then he would be done in the entertainment industry so he doesn’t really want to be cutting edge does he. Just wants an easy laugh for easy money.

Hummer53 on September 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

The Democrat majority invited Colbert as a distraction from a) their failure to vote on the Bush Tax Cuts, b) Coats testimony at DOJ hearings. And/or a recent study reveals most youth get their ‘news’ from shows like Colbert and Jon Stewart, and Democrats are losing the youth vote.
TN Mom on September 24, 2010 at 1:06 PM

answer: (b)

My smartest friend and I were talking about the Colbert appearance. Especially the lack of emotion showed by Conyers as he recited his line to remove Colbert from the floor, and the large contingent of cops standing by to remove the rabidly violent Colbert.

(one member of the press naively commented so many cops had never been used before)

The relaxed amusement of the two fellow caucus members sitting to the left of Conyers revealed how shocked, shocked (yawn) they were at Conyers’ (yawn) reaction (yawn) to this chicken dance

Was Colbert in on it. Doubt it. He got the big press buildup, picked corn, set the stage.

The play worked to the extent the press had something they could use to make so much noise no one would hear Liberty weeping during the testimony of Christopher Coates before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The Civil Rights hearing had been postponed so much it was bumping up to the election. They tried to make it old news by stonewalling, but because it was now so close to election, they had to make it no news. Call in the chicken dancers. Create theater. Let Colbert submit his colonoscopy for the record. bring on the circuses

Coates who had been told by the Justice Department to not testify, after being subpoenaed in December of 2009, has claimed protection under the Whistleblower laws – from the Justice Department!

The only thing missing from this travesty is a couple of Justice Department supervisors standing at the door of the hearing room, swinging billy clubs at Coates as he enters to testfy.
Remember when punks could do that sort of thing.

Oh, I forgot, some punks are still allowed to pull the billy club stunt, if we understand the Congressional Black Caucus

Colbert buttered himself up and jumped on the bread. Whatever it takes

entagor on September 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

It’s absolutely pathetic when the media hyperventilates over the “testimony” of a clown like Colbert while completely ignoring the testimony of Professor Carol Swain, who IMHO gave a very powerful statement.

Gang-of-One on September 25, 2010 at 12:13 PM

If the Republicans had done this, there would be calls for resignations.

WisCon on September 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Yup yup ! I was thinking that too, I can just see if Dennis Miller had visited a Repub-controlled congress, liberal heads would be exploding all over the place.

cableguy615 on September 25, 2010 at 12:15 PM

When the government treats us to a media spectacle like the Colbert testimony you should immediately look to see what they are trying to distract you from. It is pretty obvious, really.

The Colbert testimony had to be arranged ahead of time. This is not news that is made spontaneously, it is calculated. So what else was happening that they knew about ahead of time?

We know Colbert was asked to testify “in character” because the news reports prior to the hearing told us so. Anybody with a functional brain cell knew that would be controversial. That is exactly what they wanted.

The Democrats provided us with a dog and pony show to attract our attention. They did not want us to pay any attention to what was happening at the Coates testimony because they knew it would be explosive if people paid attention.

This conclusion is bolstered by the timing of the hearings. Why are they on a Friday? Maybe that is because so many of the sheep that disguise themselves as human beings would be more focused on the upcoming football games during the weekend.

The only thing remaining to see is whether the press will cooperate. If they do their job and protect the liberties of Americans they will push the Coates testimony hard and ignore the Colbert diversion. But don’t hold your breath on that.

It will be left to the blogosphere to bring out the news of the Coates hearing and when they do, all the accusations of conspiracy theorist and wingnut will come raining down.

Hawthorne on September 25, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Best comment so far is Iowahawk’s twitter entry “Kudos to Colbert for his genius right wing satire of a smug lefty a$$hole ineptly satirizing a lefty caricature of a right winger.

JerseyJeff on September 25, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Democrats with their pretend witnesses should only get pretend votes come November

txmomof6 on September 25, 2010 at 4:16 PM

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