No word yet on Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive.
I’ve always liked that story, but the truth is that the party received hardly any votes. And that means that the joke is really on us. For these days one of America’s two great political parties routinely makes equally nonsensical promises. Never mind the war on terror, the party’s main concern seems to be the war on arithmetic. And this party has a better than even chance of retaking at least one house of Congress this November.” —Paul Krugman, Downhill with the GOP, The New York Times (via vruz)
Rep. Judy Chu, the last member of Congress to question Stephen Colbert during a hearing on migrant farm workers and an AgJobs bill, took issue with the media hand-wringing over the comedian’s in-character testimony, saying instead that he brought an important message to Congress and did a far better job covering the issue than any so-called straight reporter. Several reporters criticized Colbert today, engaging in theater criticism rather than any substantive discussion of the issues involved. Mother Jones’ David Corn complained that Colbert was “making a mockery of this hearing,” and the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake concurred.
Chu, an actual member of Congress, didn’t agree. “The only thing Mr. Colbert’s testimony ‘made a mockery’ of today was our nation’s failed policies toward migrant farm workers and other undocumented immigrants,” she said in response to questions from FDL News. “His message, although unconventional and satirical, is an important one. These men, women and children toil through extreme heat and long hours to put food on American dinner tables. They deserve our appreciation and protection, and I’m happy Mr. Colbert helped bring attention to their plight.”
Yep, sounds like where I live