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The Sun and the Wind

Stephen Colbert testified before Congress regarding migrant labor protection and reports that “most soil is at ground level”:

Blowhard Beck’s blog says that “Colbert makes a complete mockery of Congress”.

Ayup, no irony there.

Too funny.

33 Responses

  1. Sun’s coming up in NJ.

  2. You don’t mean to say Beck is a flat earther? :+)

  3. Wow. Amazing post. Fairey basically explained why he made the Obama poster before the election. Because it was impossible to imagine Hillary or McCain on a poster. Of course anyone who believed Obama was his ticket to curbing lobbyists, supporting labor, and providing health care has a tremendous capacity for self-delusion. So I’m sure he told himself that they weren’t poster-worthy because they’re too–compromised, or uninspiring, or something. The people of this country were crying out for help and we had one shot to heed that cry and move this country away from failed policies. And we lost it because the Shepard Faireys had an idea of what a two-dimensional President was supposed to look like, and they clung to it through a haze of smoke and mirrors as if it were a graphic novel and you always know the hero by his lack of jowls and lack of girl parts and how well the costume fits. And now we can’t draw enough smiley faces and close up thumbs ups to bring that moment back again and change this reality we created. Heck of a job, Shep. You should be running FEMA.

  4. Martin Sheen would have been a better advocate for immigrant farm workers.

    Shiny object Colbert just looked/sounded silly.


    • Yup, but you must admit that the line about his grandfather traveling 2000 miles across the ocean just to be overrun by ‘immigrants’ was priceless. The Republicans wanted to laugh but have got it.

    • It is the function of the court jester to tell the truth, no matter how unflattering, and get away with it.
      Coming from a farm worker, it sounds like the same old story. Coming from Colbert, the point of the story does not get lost. He said, it’s hours of backbreaking labor, without migrant labor, thousands of acres of American farm land go uncultivated and move to Mexico and that migrant workers need protections so their labor is not abused.
      And he got it across in a humorous way. I’m not surprised that some people didn’t find it funny. It didn’t come with a Colbert Report audience who knew when to laugh. And the subject is not sexy. Who cares about migrant workers, right?
      I do. I thought he was spot on.

  5. This is the first time I’ve watched the Colbert testimony. I don’t think he was very funny. Kind of disappointing.

    • Same here, BB. Made the Dems look foolish.

      More gravitas, please. Less “truthiness” and celebrity.

      Each to his own.

      • Yeah, I must be getting old – I’m just shaking my head WTF??

        • As the Chinese saying goes, “may you live in interesting times”.
          Sometimes, you have to go to a higher energy state to get out of a rut. Think of Colbert and Stewart as a little bit of chaos. Go with it. If we are afraid to take risks, we will lose our opportunities to make a real change, as we have learned all too well with Obama and the present Congress.

  6. Colbert Testimony Called ‘Mockery’
    Satirical comedian Stephen Colbert appeared in character as an expert witness at a Congressional hearing concerning an immigration bill.

  7. I *love* Colbert, but this was a miss for me personally, and not because I didn’t get where the funny parts were supposed to be. It’s a miss because I don’t think he should have been asked/allowed to testify in the first place. It feels like rubbing salt in the wounds of the electorate right now, that is frustrated over an infantile Congress and beer pong WH that has forgotten who they are supposed to be working for.

    • Nah, if he really did a day in the fields, who better to deliver that message? Migrant workers have it really hard. We have it relatively easy.
      I’ve got to admit that I am very surprised by the reaction here. His testimony was much like the gig he dud at the White House correspondents dinner a few years back. He got in some really good digs at Congress while he was at it.
      Satire can sometimes be uncomfortable.
      In any case, Glenn Beck is sounding off and reaching for the smelling salts so maybe Colbert scored one for migrant workers after all. That’s gotta be worth something. And as an American citizen, Colbert had just ad much right to testify before Congress as anyone. He knew his subject, had done his homework and only screwed up a couple times.
      I loved it. I only wish more people would do it and all of our testimonies were covered.

      • I dunno, I don’t think it’s worth it if it doesn’t reach most Americans, and this one won’t translate that easily. It will just emphasize that we have a Congress that isn’t doing anything of relevance but is instead trying to score the Comedy Central hipster vote. I’m not impressed.

        I think Colbert was hilarious at the WH correspondents’ dinner. I absolutely dig his satire and actually don’t find it all that uncomfortable.

        I don’t agree with Glenn Beckistan’s assertion either that Colbert has made any such mockery of Congress — Congress has already made a mockery of itself.

        • Word. Colbert isn’t the problem, but Congress looks ridiculous once again. All over America, people are hearing “the comedian was invited to ‘testify’ in character” and are snapping off their sets without even listening to the substance because they’re sick of stupid stunts.

    • I didn’t have any problem with his testifying. I just didn’t think his humor came across as well in the way he presented it. I thought he was hilarious when he roasted Bush at the Journalism dinner.

      I guess for me stand up comedy doesn’t work as well if the comedian is obviously reading the jokes. Maybe if he had read over his statement a few times first, he wouldn’t have sounded so robot-like.

      • Everybody who testifies before Congress reads their opening remarks. I don’t think I could have stayed in character as well.
        He also said something else that should make us think: ge mentioned that his appearance might get the hearing bumped up to C-Span1. This is important because people are not compelled to watch Congressional hearings like they used to. Remember Watergate? Iran-contra? Watergate happened when I was Brook’s age. I was transfixed. But you really couldn’t miss it. It was on every channel and afternoon programming was suspended. People were better informed before cable. Now, there are a zillion channels and no one is compelled to watch something of national importance. That’s a great loss for the country.
        So, if Colbert’s testimony goes viral, he may be doing us a big favor by showing people how important it is to participate in government, even for brilliant satirists who mock idiotic blowhards.

        • RD, are you seriously asking me if I remember Watergate and Iran Contra?

          I had no problem with Colbert testifying before Congress and I said so. I think it’s great. From what I’ve heard, the House members treated him badly, and I think that’s a shame.

          All I said is that he didn’t make me laugh. It’s just an opinion. It doesn’t mean that I don’t care about farm workers or that I’m not glad Colbert brought some attention to their plight.

          And I’m all for mocking the government and Congress, whenever possible.

    • “…infantile Congress and beer pong WH…”

      Damn, Wonk, you really can nail it but good. You’ve got that succinct thing down.

    • I agree, WTV. The government already looks like a bunch of comedians, and bringing in a “real” one just adds salt to the wounds as you say.

      • Um, don’t you think that was the point? Or at least one of them? Colbert wasn’t being nice.

  8. The Democrats used a stunt for a serious matter, and they were the losers. Colbert’s main points, especially that we cannot have it both ways, will be remembered much better than if a politician had delivered them. The migrant workers got their moment, even if it wasn’t through a serious discussion of the issue. It was a partial win for them, and given their situation, it’s better than nothing.

  9. Anything that brings attention to this issue is a good thing, and Colbert did what he does best. He has every right (and a sense of responsibility) to testify about something he authentically advocates. He teamed up with the Farm Union for the “Take Our Jobs” campaign and has been a fierce pro-immigrant activist from the start. I agree wholeheartedly with everything Riverdaughter has said, except that I’m not at all surprised by the reactions here. People are either lukewarm about this issue or have lost every sense of liberality they otherwise bring to the world at large in their insane zeal to scour the country of non-documented people. You don’t cover it much on this blog (lukewarm, I guess) but other sites that discuss immigration reform are absolutely overrun with people who call themselves progressives screaming bloody murder about the “illegals” destroying life as we know it. It isn’t a teaparty movement. It’s a nativist movement that has infected people of every political persuasion. Colbert is the only person of celebrity who has seen the urgent need to stand up for the human rights of non-documented workers against an absolute tsunami of hatred. I adore him for it.

    • I don’t want to speak for anyone, but from what I’ve gathered over the years, I think most of our commentariat agrees that attention should be raised about migrant workers.

      I personally have a strong aversion to the term “illegals” itself and prefer the term undocumented workers.

      I don’t think it’s the topic that is getting the lukewarm reaction, it’s whether this was an effective way to raise attention. Agree or disagree on that, but I think it’s unfair to conflate those of us who disagree with not caring about migrant workers. I don’t think that could be further from the truth for this bunch.

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