June 17, 2006

Colbert the nutcracker

Posted in Politics at 3:10 pm by Calico Jack

I think Stephen Colbert's Republican shill act can be a bit grating sometimes, and his deadpan humor is often wildly hit-or-miss; does anyone remember the disaster that was the White House Correspondents' Dinner? Still, when Colbert is at the top of his game he truly shines. This week Colbert interviewed Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia) as part of his ongoing series "Know Your Congressional District." Westmoreland has the dubious honor of not introducing a single piece of legislation since he entered Congress, and Colbert went to town on him with some biting commentary. However, the best part of the interview was close to the end, when Colbert brought up the fact that Westmoreland was a co-sponsor of a bill that appears as follows:

H. Res. 214: Directing the Speaker of the House of Representatives to provide for the display of the Ten Commandments in the chamber of the House of Representatives if the Supreme Court of the United States rules against religious freedom by holding that the display of the Ten Commandments in public places by State and local governments constitutes a violation of the establishment clause of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Yeah, that's a mouthful. Basically it just means that the HR chamber should display the Ten Commandments even if the Supreme Court says that state and local governments cannot. And to be fair, Westmoreland was one of nineteen co-sponsors for this bill. However, when asked by Colbert to name the Ten Commandments, Westmoreland could only name several. Colbert coolly and methodically dissected him throughout the interview, leaving the congressman looking like a royal dunce. Someone on Westmoreland's staff should have told him to prepare a little bit better.

Here is a link for the video; enjoy!

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