Video: Jon Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal

posted at 10:01 pm on May 14, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

In which the host of “The Daily Show” expresses pretty much my entire political philosophy after suddenly realizing, hey, maybe there’s something to this whole skepticism of the federal government thing.

“This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil behatted to the government. The VA claims backlog and the bounced checks and foreclosure clusterf**k had already given government competence fetishists fits. And now this. In a few short weeks, you’ve managed to show that when the government wants to do good things, your managerial competence falls somewhere between David Brent and a cat chasing a laser pointer. But when government wants to flex its more malevolent muscles, YOU’RE F**KIN’ IRON MAN!!”

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

He’s no convert; he’s more bemoaning the blow the idea of government competence will take in the wake of this and other scandals, thereby preventing President Obama from making a good-government argument in the future. The thing is, though, it’s the government that’s dealing the blows. Skepticism of a giant federal government’s ability to deliver on promises and treat citizens fairly is not some paranoid preoccupation, but a pretty decent assessment of the facts on the ground and experience with said giant federal government.

“I still believe that good government has the power to improve people’s lives,” Stewart says. Sure, fine, but we’re so far from that ideal, you’d think fans of activist government would be keenest to make sure it actually does that. Facing the reality of a government-performance spectrum, which truly does run from laser-pointer-cat to evil Iron Man, is key to making that happen. It’s nice for his audience to hear about it from him.


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More HA bugs. Just saw it pulled comments from some other thread.

nobar on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

No thanks.

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

A government that can give everything, can screw everything up. Oh and take it away.

rob verdi on May 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Even Jon Stewart could have provided security..

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

But when government wants to flex its more malevolent muscles, YOU’RE F**KIN’ IRON MAN!!”

Jon is just learning the main function of government. It is one thing—it is force. Force you to pay your taxes. Force you to get a license. Force you to have insurance. Penalize you when you fail to toe the line. The DOD, for pete’s sake, the most well-functioning arm of the government is good at the application of force.

Force is the one thing that the government is good at. When that force is misused, well, this is what we get. It takes restraint to hold the reins of government.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

More HA bugs. Just saw it pulled comments from some other thread.

nobar on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

rob verdi on May 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

(my comment just showed up in the Julian Bond thread somehows….)

somebody must be watching me?!

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

(my comment just showed up in the Julian Bond thread somehows….)

somebody must be watching me?!

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Happened to me that other night on QOTD..
I was re-directed to Ed’s Sunday’s Talking Heads.

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Even IRON MAN knows when to let up.

I know IRON MAN, son. Barack Obama, is no IRON MAN.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

(my comment just showed up in the Julian Bond thread somehows….)

somebody must be watching me?!

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

…Eric Holder…but he’s not aware of it!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Stewart still thinks Benghazi is a non-story.

Yes, conservatives were right in this case, but when it comes to Benghazi, they’re still wearing their tin foil hats.

Stewart appears more angry that Obama gave conservatives credibility than he is at the offenses themselves.

He will always be a progressive stooge.

hepcat on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Happened to me that other night on QOTD..
I was re-directed to Ed’s Sunday’s Talking Heads.

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM

that sick sinking feeling that someone is watching us must be trying to tell us something?????HMMM…./

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Hulk, possibly. Iron Man, hellz no.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Well well well, shall we all welcome the idiot left to the party?!
God you people are stuck on stupid.

mmcnamer1 on May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

looks like jon stewart just put himself on the wiretap and IRS shortlist.

and he better will not go travel to places like bengazi or that fast and furious border

huntingmoose on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Too late John…

… They are entrenched.

Thanks…

Seven Percent Solution on May 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

More HA bugs. Just saw it pulled comments from some other thread.

nobar on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Happens quite often. It’s disconcerting.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

As I said, the rats are jumping ship in record numbers………..ain’t it nice to see……….;-D

angrymike on May 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

I have NEVER watched that guy before, but it was pretty damn funny!

Doesn’t mean I will watch him ever again…

But his use of (Fother Mucker) was well poignant?

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Between the IRS scandal and the DOJ taking on the media, Obama and his minions have swacked several thousand hornet nests. If Obama isn’t impeached, he’ll certainly be crippled. They’ve made people mad across the board, whatever their ideology.

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

Actually, no, it isn’t.

Not sure why conservatives are liking this particular video so much when he is actually saying that he can’t believe the government has slipped up and given conservatives a rallying cry rooted in reality.

He’s not upset at the government for their abuses against conservatives. He’s upset they’ve done something to legitimize conservative worries.

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I’m less interested in Jon Stewart’s take than whether or not a committed (pun optional) media whore like Brian Williams will notice and question how his pimp Ogabe keeps beating him then expecting the same level of servicing.

viking01 on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Hulk, possibly. Iron Man, hellz no.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

No. Green Lantern. Definitely Green Lantern.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

“I still believe that good government has the power to improve people’s lives,” Stewart says.

Agreed. The less of government, the better; the best government is the one that stays out of citizens’ lives (and wallets) the most.

This is funny. A lot of liberals actually use Stewart as a news source important to their lives. With Jonnie telling about the scandals the way we Conservatives see them, liberals have been disarmed even if just a little.

Liam on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Which senators? How did he get the letters?

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Obama just learned about it the same time you learned about it..

/

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Why do I sense that somebody is going to end up in concrete shoes in a river somewhere……like howz they do it back in Chicago…..

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Blind squirrel finds nut.

These morons toss us a crumb and we’re supposed to jump.

No thanks.

kim roy on May 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

ButterflyDragon on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Yes yes the irony!! It was funny… he was frustrated by it all!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

I did, and it’s a mistake for conservatives to get excited about it.

All Jon Stewart is doing is the comedy version of the NYT’s response. He’s not taking the administration to task for corruption and abuse of power; he’s criticizing them for giving ammunition to Republicans, which is the greater sin in his eyes. He’s giving his audience a conservative scapegoat for liberal corruption.

Caiwyn on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

WHICH FOTHER MUCKERS DAMMIT!!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Better late than never. Jon Stewart always seems to be leading from behind.

VorDaj on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Caiwyn on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Yes yes!! But do I have to go thru life and not have a giggle?

Ducks!

I know I know, taking myself off to the corner for punishment… ):

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

This has, in one seismic moment, shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil behatted to the government.

The left and their silly Zelaya references, again. Don’t they know that Barky’s support of Zelaya’s attempted leftist coup in Honduras was not a shining moment? I guess not.

LOL. Morons.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Scrumpy…

Your spelling needs some checking..

:)

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

WHICH FOTHER MUCKERS DAMMIT!!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I think Carl Levin (MI) and Max Baucus (MT). Haven’t seen the episode but I’ve read that elsewhere.

topdawg on May 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I can come out of the corner now?

Nope it’s correct!! ;-D otherwise it wouldn’t pass (you know who)
and I might get banned!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Which senators? How did he get the letters?

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Schumer was one. There was about 6 or so. All Dems. All demanding the IRS crack down on conservative groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Al Franken was another. Just remembered.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

topdawg on May 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Thank You so much!! :-)

Bastages, now for the rest which will come later…

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

WHICH FOTHER MUCKERS DAMMIT!!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

He will always be a progressive stooge.

hepcat on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Yup. Why do we want to be acknowledged by the likes of him, again?

Obama said this is a “side show.” Stewart’s part of the circus. Clown nose on, clown nose off…

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

The dam of solid Democratic solidarity has collapsed, starting with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s weekend scolding of the White House over Benghazi, then gushing with the news the Justice Department had sucked-up an absurdly broad swath of Associated Press phone records

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/dc-turns-on-obama-91386.html#ixzz2TK9bteBe

I was surprised that Ed/Jazz didn’t post MoDo’s column this weekend in the headlines thread. They usually post most of her other trash, but this one was actually pretty good this weekend.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brian-walsh/2013/05/14/senate-democrats-pushed-for-irs-tea-party-snooping-before-criticizing-it

This story is on those who in the past publicly called for the IRS to go after the Tea Party groups. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana is one.

The same Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who this week is calling for hearings into IRS activities, specifically called on the IRS to engage in that very conduct back in 2010. And he wasn’t the only one. Just last year, a group of seven Senate Democrats sent another letter to the IRS urging them to similarly investigate these outside political organizations.

As the New York Times also reported just one week before they sent this letter:

The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt.

Letter http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=336270 from:

Senators Charles E. Schumer,
Michael Bennet,
Sheldon Whitehouse,
Jeff Merkley,
Tom Udall,
Jeanne Shaheen and
Al Franken

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

His despair is the beginning of wisdom…someone send him a copy of Road to Serfdom.

PattyJ on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Dating Ann again?

wolly4321 on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

D.C. turns on Obama
by Politico’s MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI

If you want to keep smiling :)

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

It’s just a lovers’ spat. They’ll kiss and make up.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Break his argument down.

He doesn’t think any of the charges are actual problems, just the fact the admin gave “the enemy” a solid club to hit him.

The key line is “the last arrow in your quiver – skepticism about your opponents”.

That’s the whole proggy shtick. Ridicule, scoffing, eye-rolls, etc… and if someone takes it seriously, you can shame them with the Arrow of Skepticism.

Which, IIRC, you can only get when as a tenth-level prog.

budfox on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Man, I’ve gotta keep going to work each day, but I’d rather sit here and follow the news…
too much happening at the moment

22044 on May 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

My own edit:

Why do we want to be acknowledged validated by the likes of him, again?

Brain freeze…

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Thanks. I did find the US News link that had some names.

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

and I might get banned!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

None of us would want that..

you did find..

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Why do they fear Benghazi..?

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 10:26 PM

you did find fine..

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Fixed..

Just not in time..

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

WHICH FOTHER MUCKERS DAMMIT!!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…so far..Larl Cevin…Bax Maucus…Fl Aranken…Shuck Cchumer…and?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Why?

The spat between the press and the Whitehouse has been talked about for months.

Nothing has come of it.

cozmo on May 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Wow. This could have repercussions. Political repercussions I’m thinking.

Good catch.

SparkPlug on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Got that!! Thanks from INC! :-)

I am naughty :-)

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

Actually, no, it isn’t.

Not sure why conservatives are liking this particular video so much when he is actually saying that he can’t believe the government has slipped up and given conservatives a rallying cry rooted in reality.

Because watching the scales fall from someone’s eyes, even for a moment, even if they’re quickly reinstated, about the abilities of the federal government is edifying and supportive of our arguments. When the argument is made by a liberal, who is popular with a bunch of default liberal but not terribly political voters who would never listen to you or me, it behooves us. Stewart’s coverage of both this, and especially the VA backlog, bring attention to the fact that the entire federal government is inherently clusterfarked, whether that’s the belief he ultimately subscribes to or not. The admission that the government’s performance is, at best, horribly incompetent, and at worst, a force for evil and abuse is bordering on an actual realization. Even if Stewart ultimately decides it’s a “force for good,” despite evidence, he has presented that evidence to a new audience.

But feel free to just get all cranky whenever someone who normally disagrees with you helps you make your arguments for you. That makes sense.

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Watch the whole thing. It’s pretty great.

.
No, it’s not.
.
It’s continually amazing that this and other sites continue to seek affirmation from this shallow ,smarmy, leftard clown.
.
As others have pointed out, the cretin is just pissed that Obama has given the right ammunition to use against the Obama/Dem empire.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Gotaa go back to the corner, still chuckling over the video…

My bad…

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Good government? Haha. Stewart said good government? What an oxymoron.

SparkPlug on May 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

WHICH FOTHER MUCKERS DAMMIT!!!!

Scrumpy on May 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…so far..Larl Cevin…Bax Maucus…Fl Aranken…Shuck Cchumer…and?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Foo tunny. Killiant Broolaid.

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Cozmo out of so many media WH cheerleaders, these 2 IMO were at the very top of the list. For them, this was a hard hitting piece. It made me smile but as Curtiss said, probably short lived. They’ll be back on O’s bandwagon once propriety allows.

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

D.C. turns on Obama
by Politico’s MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI

If you want to keep smiling :)

CoffeeLover on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

It’s just a lovers’ spat. They’ll kiss and make up.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

THIS – I bet by this time next week – it will all be blown over…

djl130 on May 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Even if Stewart ultimately decides it’s a “force for good,” despite evidence, he has presented that evidence to a new audience.
MKH

woot woot!

Government functions best when it condones the good and punishes evil. But, government, on its best day, is a necessary evil, and on its worst, an intolerable one.

Welcome to the intolerable one.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

I don’t want the government to “improve” my life. I want them to get the hell out of my way and allow me to make my own choices and live my own life. Their “guidance” is unwanted and unneeded.

Wendya on May 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM

This is just a weak attempt by his writers to make him appear “balanced.” Dude needs to go back to living with Weiner. You know that Huma isn’t.

WhatSlushfund on May 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I watched it earlier. I couldn’t finish the damned thing because I couldn’t take any more of his “And LET ME REMIND YOU that the other side is absolutely crazy and all their claims are BS and what difference does Benghazi make???” couching of his argument.

He’s a f**king invertebrate. Even MSNBC hosts were calling this tyranny, but ol’ Jonny needs to keep at least 51% of every broadcast anti-right wing.

MadisonConservative on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

I would never listen to him.

alanstern on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

It’s continually amazing that this and other sites continue to seek affirmation from this shallow ,smarmy, leftard clown.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Yep. Stewart is an idiot and should always be treated as such. If he happens to stumble onto a half-correct point once a century (and not for the correct reasons) that is no reason to lend him any credibility by trying to take anything he says seriously. Stewart is not a serious person and, as you said, should always be treated like the shallow, smarmy, leftard clown that he so obviously is.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Tonight on Hannity he had letters from Democrat Senators written to the IRS demanding the IRS go after TEA party groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Letter http://www.schumer.senate.gov/Newsroom/record.cfm?id=336270 from:

Senators Charles E. Schumer,
Michael Bennet,
Sheldon Whitehouse,
Jeff Merkley,
Tom Udall,
Jeanne Shaheen and
Al Franken

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Nice one-two punch.

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I know you mean well MKH, but presenting information doesn’t always translate into people wanting to know more.

nobar on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Stewart appears more angry that Obama gave conservatives credibility than he is at the offenses themselves.

hepcat on May 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

BINGO.

MadisonConservative on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Liberals set an unnecessarily high expectation of government. There are some things (most of them good things) that, on paper, seem like great ideas–however, they are simply out of reach of the government to do well.

Caring for the poor, and doing it well
Taking care of the sick, and doing it well

the truth is, that these are among many functions of the church, and they do it. Now liberals, listen up. Despite the church doing these things, there is a fundamental truth—the poor will always be with us.

If people want to help the poor, then looking into the walls of the Church of Big Government, just doesn’t get it done.

ted c on May 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

It’s just a lovers’ spat. They’ll kiss and make up.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

THIS – I bet by this time next week – it will all be blown over…

djl130 on May 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM

The problem for the media is that Obama goes after their sources through the phone records.

People won’t talk to the media if they think their boss or boss’s boss is going to find out and retaliate.

So the media won’t be willing to ignore this.

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Schumer was one. There was about 6 or so. All Dems. All demanding the IRS crack down on conservative groups.

JellyToast on May 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

So, per obama’s press release tonight, he’ll be demanding their resignations immediately, maybe even enforcing some stiffer penalties, right?

/

Midas on May 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM

More HA bugs. Just saw it pulled comments from some other thread.

nobar on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Happens quite often. It’s disconcerting.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Time warps. Yesterday I was bounced to a week-old Tebow thread.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

But feel free to just get all cranky whenever someone who normally disagrees with you helps you make your arguments for you. That makes sense.

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

It’s practically useless if the context of his argument is that this issue must be resolved just so that we can continue to call the other side a bunch of inhuman racist sexist 1%-ers being paid off by the Koch brothers.

MadisonConservative on May 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

MadisonConservative on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

…good to see you!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Jon, you wouldn’t have to say M-F so much if you could appreciate differences of opinions. These scandals don’t surprise me at all.

HellCat on May 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

For some reason he reminds me of Benghazi Jay…maybe it’s that clown nose thing.

d1carter on May 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM

The problem for the media is that Obama goes after their sources through the phone records.

People won’t talk to the media if they think their boss or boss’s boss is going to find out and retaliate.

So the media won’t be willing to ignore this.

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:38 PM

You may be right. On the other hand, Obama knew nothing, nothing (say that in your best Sgt. Schultz accent) about the AP Phone grab.

So maybe if someone at the Justice Department (not Holder, of course – more Sgt. Schultz) goes under the bus, it’ll smooth things over.

Curtiss on May 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Nice one-two punch.

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

:) Here’s the KO!

These are up for re-election in 2014:
*Retiring

Al Franken (Minnesota)

Jeff Merkley (Oregon)

Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire)

Tom Udall (New Mexico)

INC on May 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Man I hate the crap humor that is comedy central’s fake news programs.

Those programs are probably most responsible for the average lefty arguing like a smug know it all middle schooler. Reduce and belittle your opponent while delivering your cherry picked point.

As someone said above, he seems more upset at the existence of the scandals rather than the substance of the scandals. Tomorrow he will probably find a way to explain how republicans are over reaching on the scandals he currently is bemoaning.

Chubbs65 on May 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM

He’s no convert; he’s more bemoaning the blow the idea of government competence will take in the wake of this and other scandals,
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Competance my *ss,its Progessive Superiority Smart Power ImPlosion
sumpin…sumpin

canopfor on May 14, 2013 at 10:51 PM

But feel free to just get all cranky whenever someone who normally disagrees with you helps you…

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Is this our Sally Field moment? Jon Stewart, right now, you really like us. Um, put me in the skeptics column…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl_NpdAy3WY

Fallon on May 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Jon Stewart blasts Obama on IRS scandal

Hey, you unfunny, smarta$$, di@khead…you helped get him elected so don’t even try this “fair and balanced” junk when your Lord and Master gets caught doing something wrong.

Next week you’ll just start kissing his a$$ all over again.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Screw Jon Stewart. He isn’t criticizing Zero for his malevolent corruption. He is criticizing him for letting the GOP get the upper hand. Stewart hasn’t got a problem in the world with anything this disgusting regime is doing as it goes about shredding the US Constitution and using the force of the federal government to target and threaten law-abiding American citizens who happen to not agree with the regime. He’s just pissed that people he deems contemptible — those who are not brain dead liberals — were right all along. Hitler is rising, and instead of saying, “Hey, America! This administration looks a lot like fascism,” he’s screaming, “Hey, Hitler! How come you’re not a better covert fascist? People are catching on!”

Rational Thought on May 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Because watching the scales fall from someone’s eyes, even for a moment, even if they’re quickly reinstated, about the abilities of the federal government is edifying and supportive of our arguments. When the argument is made by a liberal, who is popular with a bunch of default liberal but not terribly political voters who would never listen to you or me, it behooves us. Stewart’s coverage of both this, and especially the VA backlog, bring attention to the fact that the entire federal government is inherently clusterfarked, whether that’s the belief he ultimately subscribes to or not. The admission that the government’s performance is, at best, horribly incompetent, and at worst, a force for evil and abuse is bordering on an actual realization. Even if Stewart ultimately decides it’s a “force for good,” despite evidence, he has presented that evidence to a new audience.

But feel free to just get all cranky whenever someone who normally disagrees with you helps you make your arguments for you. That makes sense.

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

So many words mashed out by an idiot.

tom daschle concerned on May 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Is Steward on suicide watch?

GarandFan on May 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Because watching the scales fall from someone’s eyes, even for a moment, even if they’re quickly reinstated, about the abilities of the federal government is edifying and supportive of our arguments. When the argument is made by a liberal, who is popular with a bunch of default liberal but not terribly political voters who would never listen to you or me, it behooves us. Stewart’s coverage of both this, and especially the VA backlog, bring attention to the fact that the entire federal government is inherently clusterfarked, whether that’s the belief he ultimately subscribes to or not. The admission that the government’s performance is, at best, horribly incompetent, and at worst, a force for evil and abuse is bordering on an actual realization. Even if Stewart ultimately decides it’s a “force for good,” despite evidence, he has presented that evidence to a new audience.

But feel free to just get all cranky whenever someone who normally disagrees with you helps you make your arguments for you. That makes sense.

Mary Katharine Ham on May 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Jon Stewart’s audience doesn’t believe in big government. They believe in being part of the “cool crowd”. That’s what modern day Liberalism is all about, nothing more, at least in terms of it’s efforts to appeal to the masses.

The Democrats aren’t trying to convince anyone of anything except who the cool people are and who the uncool people are. They WANT their supporters to be uninformed and apathetic, and concerned only with “uh, I’m not sure what position I’m supposed to take on this issue that I know nothing about, so can somebody please quickly clue me in on what side the cool people are taking, so I can take that position too?”.

You’re giving Jon Stewart’s audience WAY too much credit if you think they actually have political ideals. On the contrary, they are the end result of 40 years of the Liberal media/academia/Hollywood propaganda triumvirate reducing the apolitical masses to viewing politics as nothing more than the equivalent of aspiring to be part of a high school clique.

ardenenoch on May 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

*Retiring

Ignore. I took out the ones who are retiring.

INC on May 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

I’m sick of seeking credibility for what we know is right by pointing to idiots like Stewart. (“Hey, we must be right, because even this democrat numnut agrees with us.”)

LASue on May 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Jon Stewart’s audience doesn’t believe in big government. They believe in being part of the “cool crowd”. That’s what modern day Liberalism is all about, nothing more, at least in terms of it’s efforts to appeal to the masses.

The Democrats aren’t trying to convince anyone of anything except who the cool people are and who the uncool people are. They WANT their supporters to be uninformed and apathetic, and concerned only with “uh, I’m not sure what position I’m supposed to take on this issue that I know nothing about, so can somebody please quickly clue me in on what side the cool people are taking, so I can take that position too?”.

You’re giving Jon Stewart’s audience WAY too much credit if you think they actually have political ideals. On the contrary, they are the end result of 40 years of the Liberal media/academia/Hollywood propaganda triumvirate reducing the apolitical masses to viewing politics as nothing more than the equivalent of aspiring to be part of a high school clique.

ardenenoch on May 14, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Extremely well said, sir.

Nothing highlights this more than him or Maher rambling on about something to hoots and hollers and all of a sudden they say something that wasn’t in the script or the trained seals were expecting. You can just feel the confusion and hear the murmurs. Then, of course, Stewart or Maher say something to help out the dimwits so that they can appropriately react, which they do to stunning timing.

kim roy on May 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Watched the whole thing. Nothing great about it at all. Very typical Stewart. I rarely see clips from his show, but when I do it’s always essentially the same clip, same delivery, same everything.

I understand that many people like it and that’s ok, I guess.

happytobehere on May 14, 2013 at 11:26 PM

“Good government can improve people’s lives,” he says. Yeah, no sh*t, John. Let’s define good, shall we? It has nothing to do with BIG. How many times do we have to go through this exercise? Why was this country started? Why has it become the greatest ever? Learn from the past, learn from history. Don’t turn your back on past generations because they didn’t have iPads. You’ve been warned a million times in a million different ways about government getting too powerful. And now you want these goons to control health care? What in hell are you thinking?

RobertMN on May 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

I could only stomach 24 seconds before I stopped it.

Just don’t like being insulted like that.

I don’t have a persecution complex. I just understand what John Stewart is to ignorant to understand: Big Government doesn’t help the people, it helps itself. Big Government will always lead to abuses. It isn’t a democrat or republican thing – its a power thing. And power corrupts.

Barack Obama did set the tone however. He joked that he would audit people on the other side. In a speech to Hispanics he referred to his political opponents as ‘enemies’. There are numerous speeches where he ascribes nefarious motives to good citizens who disagree with his view of government. He has set the tone. He owns this.

LilyBart on May 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM

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