Oh, the negroes are drowing in New Orleans,
their bodies are just floating by
It's over a week later and people are still pissed at Stephen Colbert for sneering at his betters. The DC defenders are trying desperate to hold back the tide of common sense.
People don't like Washington. They don't like the Beltway Kool Kids Klub. Colbert said what most Americans feel. And to the puffed up assholes in Washington, he was supposed to play his smarmy role, make them laugh and go home, not spit in their faces, call them on their cowardice and laugh at them.
They didn't like the jokes? Good. Americans did.
But what was funny, at least to me, was the reaction savaging anyone who claimed Colbert wasn't funny. I mean, they were just brutalized, beaten shitless. Poor Chris Lehman had his day ruined when Salon readers turned on him like a pit bull on a five year old. They ripped him apart, and when his wife and Richard Cohen joined in, well, it wasn't pretty.
Now this isn't about the former Goodrich spokesman really, although he's on our side. The fact is that he's getting collective defense because what he said was true. He could have left out the jokes and people would have loved it.
There hasn't been this kind of split since Clinton's impeachment, where the Beltway crowd was totally out of sync with Americans. Colbert told the whole mob what contempt we collectively had for them.
But one of the quickest ways to start an argument is to say something isn't funny. That puts you on the back foot to start. But the snotty tone of so many of the complainers only drew contempt.
And the reason for that is simple: Bush is sinking. Defending Bush at this point, when he's 31 percent in the polls, is going to piss people off. Bush isn't a joke yet, but in six weeks, maybe less, Colbert's routine will be seen as walking point, not some radical departure. Bush will be the butt of every joke around, not in the Jay Leno way, but in the Joey Buttafuco way, someone who just isn't serious, in Bush's case, anymore.
Colbert was the opening shot in turning Bush into a laughing stock, and he tossed the Washington Press Corps in for good measure. For people used to taking themselves seriously, being told they were assclowns who most Americans reviled as cowards and lickspittles was an unpleasant surprise.
And there are more to come
posted by Steve @ 1:08:00 AM