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Daily Fix Poll: What did you think of Stephen Colbert's testimony?

By Aaron Blake

It was definitely one of the most entertaining subcommittee hearings in the history of Congress.

But was it helpful?

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) invited Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert to testify before the immigration subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, and Colbert, seldom breaking character, proceeded to mock Congress in much the same way he does every night on TV.

Colbert, who routinely embarrasses members of Congress with his "Better Know a District" feature, began by suggesting the results of his colonoscopy be entered into the record. It got only slightly less funny/cringe-worthy from there.

"I was a corn packer," Colbert said to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). "And I know that term is offensive to some people, because corn packer is a derogatory term for a gay Iowan."

"Maybe this bill would help," he said. "I'm not sure; like most members of Congress, I haven't read it."

"I endorse all Republican policies without question," he volunteered when Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) decided to ask him some questions.

All of it was quite a shock for the members present. King, who attacked Democrats for inviting Colbert participate at the hearing, sat wide-eyed as the comedian picked apart Congress's idiosyncrasies and its penchant for inaction.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) had asked Colbert to leave initially. Following Colbert's opening statement, Conyers noted slyly: "I have to observe that Mr. Colbert's written statement was considerably different from the one he presented."

It was quite the scene, and in the end, Colbert was the big winner. No doubt, he will have successfully increased his own profile when clips of the hearing are aired ad nauseam on cable news.

But as for Lofgren and Congress, was it helpful, an embarrassment, or somewhere in-between?

By Aaron Blake  | September 24, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
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