Don’t know if anyone saw Stephen Colbert (the satirist not the character) talk to David Gregory this weekend but it’s a must-see (sorry, but WordPress won’t let me embed the video for some reason … you’ll have to click on the link).
What’s I most appreciated was hearing him talk about what he calls the “Politico-Industrial Complex.” He says:
The Super Pac was an act of discovery because I didn’t intend to have a Super Pac […] What I found out is that there’s an entire industry in politics — which I didn’t know, I suspected — but there’s an entire industry, there’s a “politico-industrial complex” that is not just raising money, but is built around making money off of the fact that there is so much money in politics. And there are almost no rules.
Yes, yes, yes. An entire industry built around making money off of money in politics. Where there’s shit there’s always flies.
If there’s an untold story of American politics, and this election in particular, it is this. Michael Moore has touched on this a little bit in some of his films, and documentaries like “Casino Jack” have touched on it as well. But I think the real scope of this, the idea there is a “Politico-Industrial Complex” influencing and corrupting our system of governance, is still a foreign idea to most American voters. And I also think that’s by design because I remain convinced that the media is complicit in this — after all, most of the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by these campaigns ends up on their balance sheet in the form of TV advertising. So the media comprises a substantial portion of the “Politico-Industrial Complex.”
How this changes I have no clue, but it’s a natural law that the larger something gets, the more unstable it gets. I’d say the next few years will see the collapse of a lot of this stuff — headlines like this one are a big reason why.
Hope it’s not just wishful thinking on my part.
Stephen Colbert nailed it last night. Again, WordPress won’t let me embed Comedy Central videos, but hit the link and watch Colbert’s classic depiction of our complicated relationship with Pakistan. It’s another one of those sad-but-true satirical moments which have made Colbert famous.
Aerial analysis estimates 215,000 at today’s rally.
Live feed of the Rally To Restore Sanity/Fear here.
Some amazing pictures from the event have already been posted online. I think I will regret for the rest of my life not being there.
Some pics via Democratic Underground, here and here. Rumor has it there’s a little girl dressed as a princess carrying a sign which reads “I Want My Tea Party Back.” Would love to see that!
More from Talking Points Memo:
More from Buzzfeed:
>It’s funny how outraged right wingers are about this, considering the buffoonery coming from the likes of Glenn Beck on a nightly basis. (Adding …. I don’t need lectures on making a mockery of our government from the party who impeached a Democratic president over a blow job. Seriously.)
Colbert is absolutely right, there is no validity to the myth that Americans simply won’t do agricultural field work. We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again. But what American’s can’t do is agricultural field work for $50 a day. And the “free hand of the market” would rather plow fields in Mexico and Chile where the cheap labor is than pay people what their labor is worth in the U.S. So I don’t have any answers, because Burger King and McDonald’s and the rest have resisted modest wage increases in the interest of corporate profits. In America, we do what the corporations want, not what workers want. Don’t see that changing any time soon.
[UPDATE]: And Chuck Todd weighs in:
Yes, if only you were in a position to do something about that.
>Ron Ramsey embarrasses Tennessee with his “Islam is a cult” stupidity and still manages to not be the craziest candidate running. No, that dubious distinction goes to Basil Marceaux, now riding high on some national attention courtesy of The Colbert Report:
I saw that Basil Marceaux clip last week when someone posted it on Twitter and thought it was hilarious and sad all at the same time. I just wanted to say, “well bless his heart.”
Thankfully Colbert got one thing wrong: Ramsey isn’t anything close to the “clear favorite” in the primary; every survey I’ve seen has him ranked a distant third. Marceaux is the crackpot candidate that I suppose every race draws. Hey, buck up Tennessee, there are wackos and weirdos everywhere, right?
But pssst … please don’t tell the folks at Colbert Nation about perpetual candidate Vijay Kumar!
>Sean Braisted has a clip from Jon Sewart’s Nashville flood coverage, which I thought was pretty funny.
But God, this Stephen Colbert clip just cracked me up. And you thought I was joking when I said the news showed a guy on a surfboard. Wish I could find it now.
Ah, Nashville. You always make me laugh.
>Watch Stephen Colbert pwn Utah Republican Congress Critter Jason Chaffetz, trying to be cool on the YouTubes with a “cot-side chat”:
>President Bush never took advice, and I knew some day he’d pay the price. And that happened in 2006 when Stephen Colbert appeared at the White House Correspondents Assn. Dinner.
I believe that moment galvanized us on the left like no other. Finally, after all the lies, the torture, the Katrina-sized fuck-ups, someone finally had the balls to call Bush and his Beltway media enablers on their shit. To their faces. With humor.
It was a moment I will never forget. Mr. Beale and I just stared at the television and said “oh. my. God.” over and over again.
Bush closed the door and left the world behind. It took a comedian to bust it wide open again. I think this was the first time Beltway insiders and White House sycophants saw the depth of the anger we on the left had toward the President and the media that failed to do their jobs. They couldn’t hide from it and even though they later claimed Colbert’s act bombed, he started a movement which can’t be underestimated.
Things started to turn around after that. Democrats won the November mid-terms, and the left was able to push back in a way we’d been unable to do before. Thank you, Stephen Colbert.
April, 2006: President Bush sits in stunned silence as he’s roasted by Stephen Colbert: