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Hoyer: Stephen Colbert's congressional appearance 'inappropriate'

By Matt DeLong and Emi Kolawole


Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.


FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Hoyer doubts Dems will vote on tax cuts before November

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he doubts Democrats will hold a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the November election, citing gridlock in the Senate that would prevent final passage. However, he said Democrats "will make sure that before the end of this year," a middle-class tax cut extension will be passed. Hoyer said it would be "irrational" to promise not to pass legislation during a "lame-duck" session after the elections. He said the session would probably be necessary to finish work on appropriations bills. On the pending ethics trials of two Democratic members of Congress, Hoyer said it was up to leaders on the Ethics committee to determine a schedule, but said the ethics concerns "need to be resolved as soon as possible." The Maryland Democrat said comedian Stephen Colbert's appearance before a House subcommittee on Friday was "inappropriate." He said there is nothing he can say about the GOP's "Pledge to America" plan that is harsher than what has been said by conservatives.

Asked whether he would pledge to extend indefinitely the GOP's current one-year moratorium on earmarks if he becomes House speaker next year, Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to say anything beyond "it will not be business as usual" with Republicans in charge. He said he is committed to "having an adult conversation" about cuts to entitlement programs that will probably be necessary to reduce federal deficits, but he would not lay out specifics. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggested that Amtrak subsidies might go on the chopping block. Boehner said "it would be the most irresponsible thing" he's seen in all his years in Congress if Democrats allow the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners to expire. He would not say whether he would vote in favor of a bill that only extends tax cuts for middle-income Americans.

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NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Van Hollen: Actually, we may take up tax cuts before election

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) started with discussion of the Senate's delay of the vote on the extension of the Bush tax cuts. Van Hollen left the door open as to whether Democrats could call a vote before the elections: "We may well take it up before the midterms." Host David Gregory played a clip from "The Daily Show," which featured video of House Minority Leader John Boehner's introduction of the "Contract with America" in 1994 and the "Pledge to America" in 2010. Asked about the fact that Boehner's speeches matched almost word for word, Pence said that the "Pledge to America" was a return to core Republican principles.

The second half of the program was dedicated to NBC's week-long special "Education Nation." D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who is at the center of a political upheaval in the District, refused to say whether she would stay in her post under a Vincent Gray administration. "I think that's something we still have to determine," Rhee said. "Education reform can continue in D.C. regardless of whether I'm there or not."

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ABC: THIS WEEK - Axelrod: Dems will definitely extend middle-class tax cuts after November

White House adviser David Axelrod said that "one way or another," Democrats will extend middle-class tax cuts after the November elections. Responding to Bob Woodward's forthcoming book, Axelrod said that he took Gen. David Petraeus's reported criticism of him as a "spin doctor" as a compliment. Axelrod said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel would probably have to leave before the elections if he is going to make a bid for Chicago mayor, but he said Emanuel was working through "family considerations."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle -- the GOP's Senate candidates in Delaware and Nevada, respectively -- are qualified for office because they won their primaries "fair and square." McConnell declined to address controversial comments made by Angle implying the possibility of armed rebellion, but said most Americans think the current Democratic-controlled government in Washington is "extreme."


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CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Rep. McMorris-Rodgers: 'Pledge to America' is not the GOP platform

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) declined to say whom the president should appoint to replace outgoing economic adviser Lawrence Summers. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), asked about the recent revelations in Bob Woodward's "Obama's Wars" that Afghan President Hamid Karzai suffered from manic depression, insisted that the United States continued to have a strong ally in Karzai. "That choice is simple," Lieberman said.

Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (Wash.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) joined Crowley to discuss the recently released "Pledge to America." Asked about whether the "Pledge" dodged challenging issues, McMorris-Rodgers was quick to respond, "Absolutely not ... this isn't the Republican platform, this isn't everything that Republicans want to accomplish."

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CBS: FACE THE NATION - Rubio addresses Florida GOP spending controversy

Florida GOP Senate Candidate Marco Rubio said flatly that he does not believe Social Security should be privatized and it should remain as it is for current beneficiaries, but it will need to be changed if it is going be around for future generations. He suggested changing the way the program is indexed or raising the retirement age as two possible alterations. Rubio said Arizona has a "10th Amendment right" to pass its own immigration law. Addressing a Florida GOP spending investigation in which he was involved, Rubio said the Florida Republican Party has never paid his personal expenses. He said his personal debts, which his opponents have criticized, were his mortgage and student loans, which he said he pays every month.

Ken Buck, the GOP candidate for Senate in Colorado, said he is not an extremist, as some critics have said. He said he would not use abortion as a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees, but he would not support a candidate who engaged in "pro-abortion" activism. He denied reports that he said he would support a ban on some forms of birth control. He said he would "be in favor" of privatizing veterans' health care if it could improve the quality of care, but he would have to look at the cost.

Sal Russo of Tea Party Express said the organization has about half a million members, who have contributed an average of $62 per person. He denied that his group is being funded by the wealthy and corporations, saying his group is prohibited by law from receiving contributions of more than $5,000. He said tea party candidates may help the Republican Party sometimes, but other times they may not.

By Matt DeLong and Emi Kolawole  | September 26, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
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Wasn't everybody talking about how cute it was when Elmo testified on education?

Plus Elmo was testifying on something that concerns kids, most of which have parents, and most of the parents can vote. Colbert was testifying about the plight of migrant workers, few of whom can vote and have no voice.

I say kudos to Colbert for bringing attention to an issue that many people seem to think was only an issue in the 20th century.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | September 27, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually it cost 234860237692 dollars! I know this because I don't!

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 27, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

BTW this little Dem stunt cost taxpayers about $100,000, but whose counting!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | September 27, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The only clown here is Steve King. A sample of his work:

A transcript of King's comments made at a Republican fundraiser in Boulder's Conference Center showed he compared illegal immigrants to stray cats that wind up on people's porches. King said at first stray cats help by chasing mice, so people feed them. King added that the stray cats then have kittens, which are liked for their cuteness, but eventually the strays, fed by the people, end up getting lazy, just like illegal immigrants. King would not comment on what he said on that day. Sioux City Journal, 10-13-2006

It is a weird, weird world when clown King is a Congressman and Stephen Colbert is a comedian. By the way, in case you missed it, this is what the comedian said:

CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU: Mr. Colbert, you could work on so many issues, why are you interested in this issue?


COLBERT: I like talking about people who don't have any power. And this seems like some of the least powerful people in the United States are migrant workers who come and do our work but don't have any rights as a result. And yet we still invite them to come here, and at the same time ask them to leave. And, you know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, these seem like the least of our brothers, right now. And I know that a lot of people are the least of my brothers because the economy is so hard, and I don't want to take anyone's hardship away from them or diminish it or anything like that, but migrant workers suffer, and they have no rights."

Posted by: YerbaBuena | September 27, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

In calling Colbert's appearance and testimony to Congress, "Inappropriate" . . .
PLEASE not the Source "Unfair, Unbalanced, and GOP owned" FOX !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lufrank1 | September 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The irony here is you have a smart comedian who can both poke fun at a situation and see it's clear merits. What members of congress have ever looked at the siutation with farm labor from any other vantage point than behind a desk in an air conditioned office. If only congress had the intelligence to see the woeful comedy resulting from their own lack of consensus movement on issues. At least Colbert knows he is an an entertainer.

Posted by: cadam72 | September 27, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Nothing more than a clown entertaining his peers

Posted by: gman6 | September 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Nothing more than a clown entertaining his peers

Posted by: gman6 | September 27, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

There is an issue, after all. The reactionaries are reacting now to reaction itself. Get a grip:

In every major farming region, crops that take lots of hand labor are being removed due to NO WORKERS. The result is a loss of American produce, and an increase in imported fruits, nuts and vegetables. Almond tree in CA have been ripped our for mechanized crops. Green beans, oranges, many other crops are no longer coing to be grown in America if we can't get a migrant worker program and QUICK.

The farmers who testified told how their farms were not salable or viable because of this (hopefully) unintended consequence of a mad movement against immigrants.

I for one am pleased that there are still people in our country who will use drama (or comedy) to raise the issues that don'y make headlines.

Anyone could have taken up the offer to spend a day in the fields. Colbert did it and made it interesting and funny. All Americans would be wise to watch what is happening to our food supply. Corn and soybeans? Don't worry. Healthy fresh foods that can't be mechanized? Soon available only from other countries. (and more expensive).

As Colbert testified, "I don't want my tomatoes picked by a Mexican! I want them picked by an American - and sliced by a Guatemalan, served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.."

"...22,000 farm jobs have left, shutting down over a million acres of farmland due to unavailable labor..."

Posted by: rowens1 | September 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Garak, something's in your mouth. Must be one of those tea bags you like to mention. Wait, . . . uh, never mind.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | September 27, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Colbert = satire.
Steny Hoyer = farce.

Posted by: srpinpgh | September 27, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Colbert paid for his airline ticket and hotel and his meals, not Congress or the taxpayers.

I found it interesting the way the individual Congress people couched their questions to him based on their own agendas. Colbert responded with the appropriate "Truthyness" based on the sincerity of the question posed. Real question = real answer - Party rhetorical question = satire answer.

Colbert did a great job of bringing moment of attention to an issue no one wants to deal with much less deal with it in an election cycle.

Posted by: kingkrab | September 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The Dems embarrassed themselves and Congress when they invited Colbert to "testify" under oath.
This is what the Congress has sunk to under the Dems.
It cost 127,000 to put on that "hearing".
Don't they have anything better to do with their time and our tax money?
How about not leaving us all insecure about our tax rates starting in Jan?
They have known for years that the cut rate would expire, and have done nothing.
They could not even pass a Budget this year.

Posted by: joanz3 | September 27, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I guess Hoyer doesn't understand satire. I thought Colbert was spot on.

Posted by: chiquita2 | September 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I do not know about you but I think these Democrats need to go home if they have time for a comedian but do not have time for the future of our economy. Our family has had more than enough of these Congressional clowns. We think it is time to pass extending the tax cuts across the board for all Americans. You do us no favor preaching class hatred. I am in the middle class and think all should be given the tax cuts. I am sick of the Dems trying to divide us and create this fake hatred. This is stupid.
All of us have family out of work. It is hard to watch people struggling to keep food on the table and houses for their children. My bitterness is not alone.
Go home you sorry so and sos and remember November is just the start. If you think my memory will fade in 2012, you better think again.

Posted by: greatgran1 | September 27, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

So, congressfolks and reporters don't like the fact a concerned citizen appeared before Congreess. What arrogance.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 27, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Colobert's testimony may have been inappropriate by current congressional standards, but the current standards are what are inappropriate.

Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels also was upsetting to the politicians of the day. But I can remember Swift's satire, the politicians are long gone. We need the immigrant labor, our farmers need the immigrant labor, and America needed my great grandfathers labor.

So get over it and let's move on.

Posted by: stanassc | September 27, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Boner and Steny are part of the problem, not part of the solution. Good for Colbert for mocking these idiots who spend the majority of their time getting re-elected and when the jig is up, become lobbyists...

Posted by: braultrl | September 27, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Rubio said flatly that he does not believe Social Security should be privatized and it should remain as it is for current beneficiaries...," Social Security was doing very well and no end in sight before our so-called "leaders" in the senate and congress took it over and ransacked it for their own benefit....

Posted by: bjk89 | September 27, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Dems, who invited him? Obviously you don't get him. Just what did you expect? The only jokes politicians get are "Hey, did you hear the one about.............."

Posted by: interactingdc | September 27, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

You Congressional idiots asked for this idiot to 'appear' before you and you got what you so justly deserve! Enjoy!!

Oh, by the way, the economy has gone to hell, illegal immigration, crime, bank fraud, and the national debt have gotten out of hand. Any chance of taking care of that BEFORE asking another 'comedian' to appear in Congress???

Posted by: joeblotnik49 | September 27, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Of course it was silly, but it was useful and probably planned. We are so busy talking about this lunacy we are not talking about the testimony regarding the Justice Depts dropping of voter intimidation convictions against the New Black Panthers and the allegatiion of racial preference in pursuit of cases of civil rights violations. Job well done Colbert.

Posted by: theduck6 | September 27, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

It was a waste of our taxpayer dollars for Colbert to testify before Congress as his television character. Somebody should sue to return the wasted money to taxpayers. If Colbert wanted to testify he should have done so as a citizen, not as a fictional character.

That said, we already have one comedian in Congress, Al Franken. I suggest that from now on we elect only comedians to public office, like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Murray, and Chevy Case. They would probably do a better job than the clowns we have in office now--on both sides of the aisle.

Posted by: foofoofoo | September 27, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Peace, Love, Dove.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 27, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Peace, Love, Dove.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 27, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I think Hoyer's cowardice and smarminess are inappropriate.

Colbert skewered Congress's hypocritical expedience with laser-sharp precision, as he skewered the WH press corps' sycophancy a few years ago.

No wonder Hoyer is whining. All that hot air has to go somewhere.

Posted by: solsticebelle | September 27, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Peace, Love, Dove.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 27, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Question for the open borders crowd - What do you get when you export all the hard working people willing to do the dirty work?

Posted by: kendog100 | September 27, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the Democrats treat illegal immigration like it's a joke so Colbert's anti American comic touch was completeley appropriate.....for Democrat values.

Posted by: Patriot12 | September 27, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Steven Colbert made a mockery of Congress because Congress is a joke. Both sides, with only a few exceptions, deserve to be mocked. Hoyer too.
Republicans are what they always are, ignorant, obstructive, reactionary clowns.

I'm voting Democratic all the way in November, but F%$# 'em if they can't take a joke. They should be able to, since they are the joke. Where's my single payer, morons?
Posted by: captainkona | September 26, 2010 5:41 PM |
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My sentiments exactly. Your comment fits to a "T."

Posted by: dakotahgeo | September 27, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Steven Colbert made a mockery of Congress because Congress is a joke. Both sides, with only a few exceptions, deserve to be mocked. Hoyer too.

The Dems in this congress have been quick to cower in front of the Teabagger filth, and slow to follow the lead of their own constituencies.
Republicans are what they always are, ignorant, obstructive, reactionary clowns.

I'm voting Democratic all the way in November, but F%$# 'em if they can't take a joke. They should be able to, since they are the joke. Where's my single payer, morons?
Posted by: captainkona | September 26, 2010 5:41 PM |
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My sentiments exactly. Your comment fits to a "T."

Posted by: dakotahgeo | September 27, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

I never agreed with Hoyer much, but I always respected him, because he told you how and why he voted.

In the Colbert sham, I agree with Hoyer. Congress has much more important problems to discuss.

Posted by: RonKH | September 27, 2010 4:36 AM | Report abuse

I respect Colbert's attempt and it was successful in small measure at bringing the spotlight on immigrant labor and its importance in our economy, his best moments were when he was serious, though the critical circus around his humor ended up centering the bulk of media attention on his awkward skit and away from the subject he was cheer leading.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | September 27, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

a comedian has no place in politic yet Colbert is smarter and has more common sense than anybody in Congress. They are a bunch of phonies and double standard. If we cannot find any decent one in either of the parties, why don't we have a ballot of "none of the above." Who are they trying to kid with so called Tea Party?

Posted by: ihk888 | September 27, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Steny, I made an error in one of the three bils of the 106th congress. The three bills should be H.R.10, H.R 1776, and H.R.4577.

You voted for all three. All three became law. All three were the cause of the financial meltdown.

Thank for nothing....

Posted by: doughboy96 | September 26, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Steny, I want to take you back to the 106th congress. How did you vote on the three bills that caused the financial meltdown. How did you vote on H.R.10?How did you vote on H.R.1776???? And last but not least, how did you vote on H.R.1776????

All three of these bills were instrumentl in causing the financial meltdown!!!!They were introduced by Republicans in a republican controlled congress, but you voted for these bills. You went along for the ride.

After helping to cause the meltdown you want to tell Colbert that his appearance before congress was inappropriate.

Posted by: doughboy96 | September 26, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The worst congress in US history, lead by Reid & Pelosi has time for that loser but no time to work on the tax regulations. No wonder they are heading to the firing squad in November...

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The worst congress in US history, lead by Reid & Pelosi has time for that loser but no time to work on the tax regulations. No wonder they are heading to the firing squad in Novemeber...

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

A funny thing happened to me recently on a Southwest flight. They were going into the usual dog and pony show, about seatbelts, emergency exits, etc, that the huge majority air travellers ignore.

The stewardesses' first statement contained a joke, that caught my attention. She caught my attention, she caught everyone's attention.

Through that announcement and every other on that flight, there was a spiel worthy of a Las Vegas showroom entertainer. The whole cabin listened intently and burst out in laughter over and over. But they heard and understood every message.

How often does that happen?

The naysayers are used to using fear and hate to grab attention.

I much prefer to hear comedy/satire PUNCHING a point home, as it did in Colbert's powerful presentation!!

Posted by: daveg000 | September 26, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I didn't particularly like Colbert's talk about his stint at being a farm worker for one day, but I watched the whole thing and the entire c-span show was worth it. But the objection to immigrants taking jobs is more about non farm jobs.

As for tax cuts, I would be in favor of the Presidents plan for 200K/250K tax cuts but I wouldn't mind using 125K as a threshold. But that wouldn't pass.

I suspect there will be problems getting agreements on the tax cuts so, they will likely reset to the Bill Clinton tax cuts before they change it.

Good news! If you didn't earn anything you won't have to worry. . I don't know many people who make 200K/250K. I suspect people working in NY city needs a little more than us retired folks who lived in more rural places. So, Some of them who commute all the way from eastern LI to the City might need a little more than me.

Posted by: LL314 | September 26, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I didn't particularly like Colbert's talk about his stint at being a farm worker for one day, but I watched the whole thing and the entire c-span show was worth it. But the objection to immigrants taking jobs is more about non farm jobs.

As for tax cuts, I would be in favor of the Presidents plan for 299K/250K tax cuts but I wouldn't mind using 125K as a threshold. But that wouldn't pass.

I suspect there will be problems getting agreements on the tax cuts so, they will likely reset to the Bill Clinton tax cuts before they change it.

Good news! If you didn't earn anything you won't have to worry. . I don't know many people who make 200K/250K. I suspect people working in NY city needs a little more than us retired folks who lived in more rural places. So, Some of them who commute all the way from eastern LI to the City might need a little more than me.

Posted by: LL314 | September 26, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I didn't particularly like Colbert's talk about his stint at being a farm worker for one day, but I watched the whole thing and the entire c-span show was worth it. But the objection to immigrants taking jobs is more about non farm jobs.

As for tax cuts, I would be in favor of the Presidents plan for 299K/250K tax cuts but I wouldn't mind using 125K as a threshold. But that wouldn't pass.

I suspect there will be problems getting agreements on the tax cuts so, they will likely reset to the Bill Clinton tax cuts before they change it.

Good news! If you didn't earn anything you won't have to worry. . I don't know many people who make 200K/250K. I suspect people working in NY city needs a little more than us retired folks who lived in more rural places. So, Some of them who commute all the way from eastern LI to the City might need a little more than me.

Posted by: LL314 | September 26, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big fan of Colbert, but I thought it was a really bad call to have him there too.

Posted by: sarahabc | September 26, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Steven Colbert made a mockery of Congress because Congress is a joke. Both sides, with only a few exceptions, deserve to be mocked. Hoyer too.

The Dems in this congress have been quick to cower in front of the Teabagger filth, and slow to follow the lead of their own constituencies.
Republicans are what they always are, ignorant, obstructive, reactionary clowns.

I'm voting Democratic all the way in November, but F%$# 'em if they can't take a joke. They should be able to, since they are the joke.

Where's my single payer, morons?

Posted by: captainkona | September 26, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Someone should submit a video to Tru TV of Congress's Expert witness, Mr.Colbert, testifying before Congress on immigration reform!

It just might make number one on,"The World's Dumdest Criminals!"

And No!...I Wasn't Referring To Those That Testified, As The Criminals!

Posted by: AmITheOnlyOne | September 26, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If you realize the cost of his testimony I doon't think you will find it funny. $125,000

Posted by: farmsnorton | September 26, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

If you realize the cost of his testimony I doon't think you will find it funny. $125,000

Posted by: farmsnorton | September 26, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Steny, grow a set...Colbert made more sense in his testimony than the Dems have made all year...and, I am a DEM. The GOP is a humorless group of selfish old white guys (with a few selfish white women thrown in th mix for "balance". If the DEMS (with Steny as a "leader" had a spine, most of the important legislation proposed by this President would already be law and I doubt he would be facing a GOP takeover this fall.

Posted by: TNbybirth | September 26, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Steny, grow a set...Colbert made more sense in his testimony than the Dems have made all year...and, I am a DEM. The GOP is a humorless group of selfish old white guys (with a few selfish white women thrown in th mix for "balance". If the DEMS (with Steny as a "leader" had a spine, most of the important legislation proposed by this President would already be law and I doubt he would be facing a GOP takeover this fall.

Posted by: TNbybirth | September 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Steny, grow a set...Colbert made more sense in his testimony than the Dems have made all year...and, I am a DEM. The GOP is a humorless group of selfish old white guys (with a few selfish white women thrown in th mix for "balance". If the DEMS (with Steny as a "leader" had a spine, most of the important legislation proposed by this President would already be law and I doubt he would be facing a GOP takeover this fall.

Posted by: TNbybirth | September 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I like Stephen Colbert. I think he's funny. I even bought his book.

But acting like a clown in front of Congress doesn't impress me.

In fact, I embarressed. Not for Mr. Colbert but for our nation.

Nor do I blame Colbert. He is what he is, a comedian.

I blame Congress. They are what they are, a pathetic gang of criminals who have no respect for our intelligence.

It's been obvious for years now that NEITHER party takes the problem of illegal immigration at all seriously. Now they've just proven it.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | September 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

How is Colbert any worse than Al Franken, the biggest joke in the Senate? (apologies to Roland Burris)

Posted by: wewintheylose | September 26, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Colbert was awesome. Congress is the joke. Almost all Republicans are pathetic. Many, perhaps most Dems are too. Pelosi is the only one with real guts.

Posted by: pdurand | September 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Steny Hoyer: LIGHTEN UP! You priveledged cowards can't face the truth so take it like a man with some comedy. Gees, this country needs a laugh ..."a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down" eh?
Pass the darn middle class tax cuts, tax the greedy wealthy outsourcing corporations,billion/ millionaire CEO's, stop making stimulus for pet projects and grow a spine to stand up to Rep. tea party nuts.

Posted by: crrobin | September 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Colbett could never speak for me! and the vast majority of Americans would say the same thing!

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Colbett could not...nor...ever could speak for me! and the vast majority of Americans would say the same thing!

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Boehner said "it would be the most irresponsible thing" he's seen in all his years in Congress if Democrats allow the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners to expire.
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So if "tax cuts for the wealthy" expire that's irresponsible, and not:

An Iraqi war based on lies and misinformation
Multi-billions given to Wall Street with no oversight
Utter loons being proposed for office by Republicans and Teabaggers
A minority party attempting to undermine the Presidency
Warrentless wiretaps, torture at Gitmo, and drowning by Katrina
Gulf Coast ecology ruined by self-regulated oil companies

Gotta keep our priorities straight!

Posted by: shadowmagician | September 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

AMERICA

WAKE UP!

Are we really going to let three rich zionist jews along with Karl Rove decide our mid-term elections?

Are we really going to let the Republicans win so that they will enact Robert's court decision to let corporation take over our electorial system?

Don't you know those zionist Jews and their Prime Minister in Israel are hoping the GOP win...So they could start WWlll with Iran, which mean Russia and China would get involved...along with England?

C'mon Karl Rove is trash. It was rumored that he used to study the Hitler history books while in the White House, and applied that to the 2004 election which cheated for GWB. Now, if not mistaking isn't Karl Rove a jew? Wow! talking about hypocrisy!

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Colbert spoke for the vast majority of Americans. Too bad Congress took offense.

Posted by: Maddogg | September 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

BTW,

I JUST LOVED THE WAY OBAMA AND BIDEN WAS FIRED UP LAST WEEK!!

I'M PUTTING ALL MY MONEY ON BIDEN'S PREDICTION FOR NOVEMBER

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'll be so darn glad when Axelrod and Emanuel leave the Whitehouse...They sound so sleazy with this Rahm as Mayor of Chicago crap!

Rahm,
You will not get the Irish, Black, Hispanic and/or Muslim vote in Chicago.
We know most of your campaign contribution came from New York (Wallstreet)!


Jesse Jackson Jr.
They say the apple don't fall far from the tree! You nor your wife never ever really had a chance of being Mayor...Quiet as kept...we think you did had something to do with trying to sell Obama's seat...as well as Rahm too!

Chicagoans,
As much as we would like to have Dart (Irish) to run for Mayor...We still have Carol Mosley (Black) or Luis Guitterez (hispanic) to vote on

MOTTO IN CHICAGO:
ANYBODY BUT RAHM

NO URBAN CITY SHOULD EVER PICK A RICH JEW TO BE MAYOR

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Hoyer!

No one really paid him much attention.

STEVEN COLBERT MADE A MOCKERY OUT OF OUR CONGRESS....

AND ANYONE WHO THINKS HE WAS "ELOQUENT" IS AS CONFUSED AS THE THOSE FRIDAY NIGHT STORYBOOK TELLINGS

Can anyone say?
Keith Olbermann

Posted by: danders5000 | September 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

How dare Colbert, a comedian, disrespect this great and noble profession, and demean the valiant and honorable work these politicians have done for their country! http://vaishwords.blogspot.com/2010/01/i-want-to-do-this-because-it-seems-to.html

Posted by: VaishWords | September 26, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Axelrod is downright Sleazy! He's willing to continue the "uneasiness and undertainty" in this economy until after November election.
Axelrod KNOWS there are plenty of Democrats who think the tax credits should
be extended to All Americans!
What a lying, phony Sleaze Bag!

Posted by: ohioan | September 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner said boo and Steny Hoyer once again peed his pants, typical.

Posted by: ohiodumb | September 26, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"Rubio said Arizona has a '10th Amendment right' to pass its own immigration law."

Did Rubio sleep through Constitutional Law I? Or was it offered only in English?

Either way, he's a total idiot when it comes the Constitution. Just like all the other tea baggers.

Posted by: Garak | September 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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