Here we go: First attack ad featuring Colbert’s testimony debuts

posted at 6:15 pm on September 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

A new one from the Committee for Truth(iness?) in Politics. Geraghty loves, loves, loves it but I’m guessing roughly 97 out of 100 people who watch it will end up saying “Who the hell’s that guy?” when Colby’s photo flashes by. For all the media hype he and Stewart enjoy, his audience clocks in at around 1.5 million per night; to put that in perspective, the very low-key Bret Baier does about 2.1 million on Fox. That’s not to belittle Colbert’s numbers — his time slot is much later than Baier’s and his cultural cachet is such that he can turn people out for a big jokey rally on the National Mall — but when push comes to shove, how many viewers of this ad will (a) recognize him and (b) feel so angered that it’ll change either their vote or their plans to stay home on election day? Colbert’s testimony strikes me as a classic example of something that pundits and media watchers chatter about but which means next to nothing to average voters, who forget about it almost instantly.

Two clips for you, one of the ad and the other of Stewart defending Colbert’s testimony on grounds that Congress isn’t doing anything with its time anyway, in which case why not send in the clowns? Watching the clip, I thought of his interview with Tucker Carlson a few years ago laying into “Crossfire” for being fundamentally unserious and even harmful to national debate because it offered rote talking points in lieu of thoughtful give-and-take discussion. Was it more fundamentally unserious than … Colbert offering to show the panel pictures from his colonoscopy? Again, Stewart would say that Colby didn’t lower the bar because the bar for congressional action simply can’t go any lower, but surely he would have done his cause more good by testifying in a serious manner, no? He had a galaxy of cameras on the scene and news editors everywhere hungry for soundbites and yet, apart from a brief interlude where he dropped character to talk about how hard the conditions are for migrant workers, it was basically “corn-packer” jokes. Seems like a waste.


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Moe and Shep and Larry have been on the Hill for years.

Limerick on September 28, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Let them spen their money on this cr@p.

pseudonominus on September 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Hi, Jon!

Abby Adams on September 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Call who? Bizarre ad.

I like Jr’s chances and I like the message, but why call Manchin? He’s not in the Senate. The Senate business is done anyway. Even as governor he has nothing to do with borders or the federal debt? Don’t you tell people to call someone when they are in power or there is an impending vote.

swamp_yankee on September 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

It’s all fun and games until your grandchildren’s grandchildren get hurt with your generation’s debt.

beatcanvas on September 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Colbert’s testimony strikes me as a classic example of something that pundits and media watchers chatter about but which means next to nothing to average voters, who forget about it almost instantly.

Average voters may or may not forget about Colbert’s testimony but will certainly deeply discount it immediately and forever.

Stephen M on September 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Gravitas that only people who can’t find North America on the map would appreciate.

Limerick on September 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Its all very MasterGate

Except it was in real life, and completely idiotic.

Part 1 of MasterGate

Part 2 of MasterGate

portlandon on September 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM

I’m guessing roughly 97 out of 100 people who watch it will end up saying “Who the hell’s that guy?” when Colby’s photo flashes by.

I’m guessing it got a good amount of TV time last week and 97 out of 100 people know exactly what it’s about. I’ve never seen either guy’s show and couldn’t tell you what channel to look for them or what time to do it. But they’ve been elevated to some sort of grand-poobah political mouthpieces and when they royally screw up I think to sheepishly now cry “oh we’re not important” is a laugh riot.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Two birds with one stone, distract the media from Coates testimony before the Civil Rights Commission, and generate material for attack ads.

Skandia Recluse on September 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

didn’t he get some major face time on all the evening news shows that night, it could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for a few voters…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

**Sigh** I was hoping to hear him Colbert speak.

El_Terrible on September 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM


**Sigh**
I was hoping to hear him Colbert speak.

El_Terrible on September 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

El_Terrible on September 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I did not know a “corn packer” was a G*y Iowan. Learn something every day. I think I will ask around, see if it is true.

IowaWoman on September 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

It is a waste, colbert and stewart should have money extracted from them to pay for the wasted time.

Idiots.

rightside on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

didn’t he get some major face time on all the evening news shows that night, it could have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for a few voters…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Of course he did. After all, his appearance was only designed for one thing to distract the media from the real story in Congress that day-one they absolutely did not want to report, because it would make their Dear Leader look bad. Can’t have that, you know!

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

OT: Caught Tingles’ MSNBC show and it’s obvious the word has gone out from Rahm:

Save the Senate!
Save the Senate!
Save the Senate!

Tingles claims things are looking rosy for Sestak and Rand Paul’s opponent and Crist should now just surge, baby because Wexler endorsed him.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

So Colbert worked on a farm for 1 whole day and that makes him an expert. I went through the McDonald’s drive thru twice today, therefore I am now the new CEO. What a tool.

milwife88 on September 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Would’ve been more effective, in my opinion, if they had identified him as being from ComedyCentral and who exactly let him testify-the democrats, all the while letting illegals cross over unfettered and giving them “free” health care to boot.

SouthernGent on September 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

“Who the hell’s that guy?”

Seven Percent Solution on September 28, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

indeed! the horror/

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The ad is good until the end. Why call Machin? The ad should say something about getting rid of him, Stop playing us for fools, he’s a part of the problem, or Kick him out of the office? Something. Anything other than “call him.” Super lame. Whoever made the ad obviously isn’t angry enough to get rid of him.

conservative pilgrim on September 28, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

shameful ain’t it….i believe fox was the only one to even mention the coates session…a little print media from a few others but that was about it…

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

did tingles mention the rolling stone article?

cmsinaz on September 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I want MORE Colbert. Give us audio too.

Mojave Mark on September 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

“Congress consists of one third, more or less, scoundrels; two thirds, more or less, idiots; and three thirds, more or less, poltroons.”
–H. L. Mencken

…….

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
–Mark Twain

Rae on September 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The whole point that I think was missed about Colbert’s “testimony” is that there seems to be this idea that Republicans are against ALL immigrants. When that is just not true.

Colbert attempted to say that cracking down on illegal immigration is somehow going to affect other immigrants. That is false.

Furthermore, to say immigrants don’t have a voice and are powerless is nonsense. They were empowered enough to seek out a better life here than what they had in their home country.

Picking vegetables in New York beats the hell out of picking your child out of a police lineup or picking your spouses brain matter from the floor due to drug violence that has gone rampant.

ButterflyDragon on September 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Concerning Stewart’s “defense”, let me see if I’ve got it:

A serious issue facing this country needs national attention; to get that attention, a very unserious display unfolds on the capitol. When those who want to take that issue seriously rebuff the clown, Stewart chides them for complaining because at least that clown was able to bring attention to this serious issue, and hey, Congress isn’t being serious right now anyway, so why not.

So in the end, a serious issue is mocked by an unserious clown who wants to bring attention to the issue, and those who wanted to take it seriously in the first place (who don’t actually exist by Stewart’s account) are rebuked for criticizing the clown for mocking the serious issue, because at least a clown was able to draw attention to the serious issue even though the story quickly became one of the clown and not the serious issue. This requires all the defendants to continually remind the public that the clown was trying to draw attention to the issue and not to be sidetracked by focusing on the clown; which is strange, for if the episode were really successful, it would hardly require helpful reminders that this was all about bringing attention to the serious issue and not the clown. Which will, for some reason, wake up the younger voters when they see their clown joking about that serious issue.

Is that about it?

Weight of Glory on September 28, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Who?

GarandFan on September 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Call who? Bizarre ad.

I like Jr’s chances and I like the message, but why call Manchin? He’s not in the Senate. The Senate business is done anyway. Even as governor he has nothing to do with borders or the federal debt? Don’t you tell people to call someone when they are in power or there is an impending vote.

swamp_yankee on September 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Why ask people to call? Because of McCain-Feingold and cases involving it. The rules are different for ads that explicitly advocate for the support or defeat of a candidate.

Karl on September 28, 2010 at 7:02 PM

I am surprised Jon Leibowitz didn’t throw up after that segment since he was spinning Colbert’s fiasco so frantically.

Mallard T. Drake on September 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I don’t need to watch the video to know there blabber.

hawkman on September 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Someone should do a study on how the use of marijuana has altered the mass culture’s sense of humor. Take away the stone factor, and the profanity factor, and these guys really aren’t very funny, and all that’s left is their profane point of view.

paul1149 on September 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Would Grayson be considered the epitome of a genuine phony?

midlander on September 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM

wrong thread

midlander on September 28, 2010 at 7:53 PM

*meh*

RedNewEnglander on September 28, 2010 at 7:55 PM

…Crist should now just surge, baby because Wexler endorsed him.

Marcus on September 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Whoa, hold the phone; Wexler endorsed? That changes everything…

slickwillie2001 on September 28, 2010 at 7:57 PM

Barry demeans the Oval Office by wearing open necked shirt with no tie to work, put his feet up on the desk and bring is humping dance group to perform. Lofgren demeaned the Congress by this Colbert appearance.

bayview on September 28, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Bret Baier does about 2.1 million on Fox. That’s not to belittle Colbert’s numbers

Keep spinning ALLAHPUKIT…..what a pathetic strawman!!!!

dmann on September 28, 2010 at 8:47 PM

dmann on September 28, 2010 at 8:47 PM

do you know a guy named dwilkers?

Mary in LA on September 28, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Because it was so much more legit when Elmo testified in 2002.

SouthernDem on September 28, 2010 at 9:11 PM

First of MANY, I hope!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 28, 2010 at 9:20 PM

SouthernDem on September 28, 2010 at 9:11 PM

But, Nancy promised that the Dems would be different…

Further, Elmo, as utterly ridiculous as that was, didn’t come to make fun of and lie about the other side of those in power; he came to prattle about arts funding in schools.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

This one is better IMHO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYeT88Z6tG0&feature=player_embedded

Shameful indeed.

Woody on September 28, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Two clips for you, one of the ad and the other of Stewart defending Colbert’s testimony on grounds that Congress isn’t doing anything with its time anyway, in which case why not send in the clowns?

If I took this general tack, I’d be more inclined to say: Congress passes too much unread legislation written by staffers anyway, so why not send in the clowns?

Kralizec on September 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Aslans Girl on September 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Colbert took the opportunity, as ridiculous as it was, to castigate pretty much everyone in that hearing using sarcasm.
You’re trying to defend a puppet testifying on Capitol Hill. Your argument is invalid.

SouthernDem on September 28, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Who’s Munchin? Is his first name Butt?

birdhurd on September 28, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I doubt the sincerity of Colbert, Steward, and others of their ilk.

Immigrants who sneak into the country often end up being abused and oppressed, overworked, underpaid, and worse.

Others end up costing states and cities they sneak into a great deal in economic damage, spread of infectious diseases, rise in violent crime, overloading or over consumption of resources, such as schools, hospitals, medicine, etc.

Meanwhile, Mexico, to our south, is in great dissaray with violence spreading throughout the country, porverty not showing signs of disipaiting, even though Mexico brings in billions from oil sales and the tourist industry, crafts, clothing sales, manufacturing – such as US auto manufacturers operating in Mexico, etc.

Their nation is corrupt, their security is virtually non existent for Mexican citizens and visitors, and their own government pushes their citizens into our nation, illegally, in order to siphon off US money that US citizens can be earning, and that money being sent back to Mexico. They also get a vote in US politics in that our President listens to their President, and other “leaders” while our President and his people make war against our own fellow citizens and states, as the US government is doing against Arizona.

William2006 on September 28, 2010 at 11:06 PM

“why not send in the clowns?”

It’s not like DC needs anymore clowns.

but the west coast droll was a change.

roflmao

donabernathy on September 29, 2010 at 12:21 AM

The Colbert kerfuffle was and is all about distraction. It was intended to and effectively did divert attention from real sworn testimony that the Dept. of Justice is and has been engaged in unlawful racism and Unconstitutional bias in its handling of Voting Rights Act complaints/cases and probably in other areas as well. Stop falling for the diversions. We need to keep our eyes on the ball.

Ay Uaxe on September 29, 2010 at 2:03 PM