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Monday, July 24, 2006

Wexler Is an Idiot

I understand that Wexler, like most political geeks, isn't up to speed on popular culture and The Colbert Report in particular, but he should know better:

Throughout the taping, Wexler — like all of Colbert's subjects — was forced into the role of straight man. Asked about the show Friday, the normally exuberant Wexler seemed a bit subdued after watching it Thursday night.

"I had never seen the show," he said. "Many of the people in the office love the show, and they said it would be fantastic."

His verdict? "Not my cup of tea."

Which really is the point of Colbert's recurring segment on congressional districts — making a member of Congress uncomfortable. When Orlando Republican John Mica appeared, Colbert asked whether he had trouble getting his rumored toupee through airport security. Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, who is gay, reportedly was seething after Colbert asked him what it was like to be "an openly left-handed" American.

So as Wexler sat watching the show with his 17-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, he cringed. At one point, Colbert asked Wexler about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Colbert: "Should we drill in ANWR?"

Wexler: "No, no."

C: "So caribou are more important than my SUV?"

W: "No, no."

C: "That's what you just said."

W: "What's most important is that your SUV be required to have better efficiency in the future."

C: "What if I could make it run on caribou meat? Would you be in favor of that?"

W: "On caribou meat?"

C: "Or hide — it doesn't matter — or bone?"

W: "Probably not."

Then, because Wexler has no opponent this year, Colbert — saying "this is just kidding" — egged him on to "say a few things that would really lose the election for you if you were contested." Colbert neatly hemmed him in by telling him to complete this sentence: "I enjoy cocaine because... "

And for Comedy Central, here's the money shot: Wexler squirming but looking straight ahead and playing along by saying, "I enjoy cocaine because it's a fun thing to do." Followed by, again at Colbert's suggestion: "I enjoy the company of prostitutes for the following reasons because it's a fun thing to do. If you combine the two together, it's probably even more fun."

Colbert wrapped up soon after, joking "there is no amount of damage control" that Wexler would be able to do now.
And I'm not criticizing Wexler for doing the show.... that's a great decision, since it'll reach an audience that probably doesn't know him. But to repeat the cocaine & prostitute statements just shows that Rep Wexler isn't all that bright.

What a dork...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler