Pelosi: It’s “great” that Colbert testified before Congress

posted at 4:41 pm on September 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Just the right thing to say on a day when trust in the legislative branch is not only at an all-time low, but almost 10 points lower than the previous all-time low. There’s your legacy, Nancy.

Be honest. You’re going to miss her next year. Just a little.

Leaving her weekly press conference, Pelosi told reporters she thought it was appropriate for Colbert to appear as a witness, “He’s an American. He comes before the committee. He has a point of view.”

Pelosi added, “It can bring attention to an important issue like immigration. I think it’s great.”

I’m mighty curious to know what the limiting principle on that boldfaced bit is. Congress deals regularly with “important issues” that deserve more public attention, and celebrities can deliver public attention like no one else, so — what? Obligatory A-listers at every hearing? The One can’t sell “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” but hand Jerry Seinfeld a mic and put him in front of a brick wall backdrop and we might yet see those drain-circling numbers for ObamaCare start to float.

For your enjoyment, via Mediaite, here’s Megyn Kelly in outrageous outrageous mode covering the hearing this afternoon. Worth noting: She wasn’t the only reporter watching who cringed. My favorite part of the clip is where SC offers to show the committee a picture from his colonoscopy. Maybe that’s what John Conyers had in mind when he called Colby’s testimony “pretty profound”?

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I have to know – is that picture on the front a real picture of SanFranNannyState or is it a doll of SanFranNannyState done up by Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

Is it live or is it Memorex?

Branch Rickey on September 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Just a guess, but I don’t think she has any idea who Steve Colbert is, nor was she aware of the circus that occurred in the House today.

Clueless. Totally.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Despite the fact that countless Washington reporters couldn’t help but watch Stephen Colbert’s Capitol Hill testimony Friday, not all were enthralled by the Comedy Central star’s performance, as they expressed on Twitter.

“REALLY not sure this is funny,” wrote ABC News’ Rick Klein.

“Colbert is making a mockery of this hearing,” said Mother Jones’ David Corn.

“Colbert’s testimony made a mockery of Congress,” said the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake.

The Hill’s Mike O’Brien said, “This might be the most amazing public stunt before Congress.”

National Review’s Kathryn Lopez wrote that “a congressional chairman made a joke of her committee today.”

Only one of the above quotes even comes close to the truth of what happened today.

Don’t blame Colbert. He didn’t bamboozle them. They invited him to do it.

BobMbx on September 24, 2010 at 8:39 PM

I would have had little or no objection if Colbert had testified out of “character”. But using Congress to present one of his comedy shtick-with-a-message was out of line. He can do that on his show, where he is supported by his network and advertisers. It’s absolutely pathetic that Nancy P doesn’t get it (but then again her life seems to be inextricably intertwined with Big Government).

Buy Danish on September 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Agreed. Had he used the opportunity to be a serious advocate for those he claims he cares about, his appearance would not have been so weird and inappropriate; however, Steven Colbert does not care one whit about the living conditions of migrant workers. He cares about eliciting yuk-yuks and gasps from of his stale cable network show routine.

Certainly satire is effective political commentary but what was on display was a merely gimmick to boost ratings and attendance for that ersatz Beck rally that he and Jon Stewart are organizing on Facebook.

Also, all that pancake make-up made him look even more like an angry clown.

Threshing Flora on September 24, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Tomorrow … committee programing will be back to normal with the regular schedule of Colonel Klink and Sergent Schultz .


donabernathy on September 24, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Screencap magic, AP. Priceless.

Jaibones on September 25, 2010 at 12:29 AM

As to Allah’s point — child, please. Like illegal immigration doesn’t get “enough attention”? Is she fu*king nuts?

Jaibones on September 25, 2010 at 12:31 AM

And finally…proof positive, my friends — as if any more was needed — that our national imbecile, Nancy Pelosi, is genetically incapable of taking the correct position on a single issue, no matter how painfully obvious the correct decision is. She can’t do it.

Jaibones on September 25, 2010 at 12:32 AM

You mean we have immigration?!?!? I woulda never known if it wasn’t for Stevie Colbert.

JerseyJeff on September 25, 2010 at 2:03 AM

From the reaction segment —

There is no question that Stephen Colbert is a funny commedian . . . ”

Megyn Kelly

No question? Hey, I like Megan, but I don’t get that.

The truth is that some people think he is funny, but many people think he is little more than a one-joke jerk. He does have his core cult following, but once he stepped out of his controlled studio milieu, he really fell flat.

Colbert basically has only one routine — putting on smarmy-sounding airs as a blowhard commentator — and it is becoming a very tired one.

If he is so “funny” how come no one in the audience laughed? John Podhoretz has inexplicably written that Colbert was “screamingly funny.”

No, he wasn’t. He fell flat on his face. Just watch the entire routine . . . he only got off ONE real laugh line, when he confidently predicted at the end that Republicans and Democrats would work together to find a solution. John was right about the whole thing being a disaster for the Democrats. But he was wrong about Colbert.

In short, his appearance was the worst thing that can possibly happen to a comedian — a bomb — and the only one who seemed to correctly read the situation in retrospect was John Conyers, who asked him to leave in advance!

Even Conyers set himself up for the best line of the day when he thanked Colbert for “packing the room” with the largest number of cameras the Judiciary Committee room had seen since . . .

” . . . Maybe it was impeachment,” offered the Chairwoman. Gee, nothing quite as funny as a Democrat reminding everyone of their lying former President, I guess!

When you put in your best effort as a professional comedian, and your entire show is summarily topped by an off the cuff dufus one-liner from a Chairwoman of a Congressional Subcommittee, you’re dead meat!

Trochilus on September 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM