For the briefest of moments I thought I’d misheard, but I hadn’t. Sure enough, Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-ILL) has cautioned freshman Democrats against appearing on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Last September the current speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, was quoted in Variety as saying, “I wouldn’t recommend anyone going on that show. Don’t subject yourself to a comic’s edit unless you want to be made a fool of.” Are you kidding me? You’re a politician!
I suggest Pelosi and Emanuel grow some skin. It is a comedy show, and I don’t know of anyone who lost an election because they went on a comedy show. Actually, it dawns on me that I am wrong. I owe Emanuel and Pelosi an apology. There is in fact a comedy show known world wide that actually does threaten every a politician’s ability to stay in office. It is a show of formidable design and size because unlike most comedies, it has three acts: Congress, the White House and the Justice Department.
Here’s the thing, Stephen Colbert is a brilliant comedian who gives many members of the American family some desperately needed (and deserved) comic relief; laughter, folks, laughter. There’s only one problem with the three act comedy in Washington D.C. No one is laughing.