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Colbert Suspends!

The suspension strategy being employed by John McCain in the presidential race quickly made its way into popular culture with talk show host/comedian/political gadfly Stephen Colbert officially -- albeit briefly -- suspending his show on Comedy Central last night.

Sure, it's just comedy but don't underestimate Colbert's impact on the political narrative. (And don't forget Colbert's flirtation with a presidential candidacy of his own.)

A recent poll by the Pew Center for the People & the Press showed that not only does Colbert attract a younger audience -- the marketer's dream demographic -- than most politically-themed shows but it is also a more ideologically diverse audience than one might suspect.

Forty-two percent of those who regularly watch Colbert are between 18 and 29 while another 34 percent of his regulars are between the ages of 30 and 49. Of Colbert's loyal viewers, 45 percent consider themselves moderates while 36 percent call themselves liberals and 14 percent are self described conservatives.

Keep those numbers in mind in between the laughs.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2008; 6:03 PM ET
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The reason so many posters on THE FIX ARE UPSET is that the Obama campaign has over 300 paid staff bloggers who harass and mock internet bloggers who do not agree with the Obama campaign's ultraliberal views.


It is true.


The Obama campaign, and the candidate and his wife in particular, are hostile toward FREEDOM OF SPEECH OF BLOGGERS because they lump Constitutional Freedoms into a Constitution which they believe is at fault over the Slave Trade, over the Dred Scott Decision, over the Jim Crow era, over all the stuff that you have read in your dusty history book.

This is what we want:


1) We would like the Washington Post to require ALL the internet posters at the Obama campaign, paid and unpaid, including volunteers, to identify themselves in their postings as a part of the Obama Campaign. That way when these people harass and mock other internet bloggers everyone can see clearly that it is the Obama Campaign engaging in such UNAMERICAN AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR.


2) We would like the Editors and Reporters at the Washington Post to clearly state to the Obama Campaign that harassing and mocking the readers of the Washington Post is unacceptable behavior for a candidate for President of the United State, a position which is suppose to protect FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT TRAMPLE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.


3) We would like a PUBLIC APOLOGY FROM OBAMA AND HIS WIFE WHO IS RUNNING THIS UNDERHANDED INTERNET CAMPAIGN OF HARASSMENT AND MOCKERY - AND A FIRM COMMITMENT FROM BOTH OBAMA AND HIS WIFE THAT THEY WILL NOT ALLOW THEIR CAMPAIGN OR FAMILY MEMBERS TO ENGAGE IN THIS UNAMERICAN AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR ANYMORE.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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Chris:

Is there anyway to track the comments back to Obama Paid Staffers at Obama Headquarters in Chicago - they have shifts of people who come in - these people are paid by Obama to harass and mock other posters who are exercising their Freedom of Speech which is guaranteed by the Constititution.


I am sickened by the behavior of the paid Obama staffers at Obama headquarters in Chicago.


This behavior is indicative of the GENERAL HOSTILITY TOWARD THE CONSTITUTION WHICH OBAMA AND HIS WIFE MICHELE HOLD - CLEARLY BOTH OBAMAS RESENT THAT THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWED THE JIM CROW ERA - BOTH OBAMAS ARE ALSO ANGRY THAT THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWED THE SLAVE TRADE TO CONTINUE UNTIL 1808 - AND THEY ARE BOTH ANGRY ABOUT THE 3/5 COMPROMISE - CLEARLY THIS HOSTILITY HAS MANIFESTED ITSELF INTO A GENERAL HOSTILITY TOWARD ALL THE CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS AMERICANS HOLD DEAR.


SERIOUSLY THIS IS AN ISSUE - THE PHILADELPHIA SPEECH MADE CLEAR REFERENCES TO THE IDEAS WHICH INDICATED THIS HOSTILITY TOWARD THE BASIC FRAMEWORK OF OUR GOVERNMENT NAMELY THAT INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS ARE SUPREME TO THE GOVERNMENT.


CLEARLY BOTH OBAMAS HAVE A HOSTILITY TOWARD THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE PAST WHICH ALLOWED THE JIM CROW ERA, THE SLAVE TRADE, THE DRED SCOTT DECISION, THE 3/5 COMPROMISE AND THE FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT - THEY HAVE MANIFESTED THIS ANGER INTO A HOSTILITY AGAINST CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS SUCH AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH - THUS THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM HARASSING BLOGGERS ON THE INTERNET WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH THEM, THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM SHUTTING DOWN FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT STREET FESTIVALS IN CHICAGO, THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM INTERFERING WITH ELECTIONS IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA AND ACTING TO PREVENT THE CITIZENS OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA REVOTES WHICH WOULD CONFORM AFTER THE DATES, THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WHICH IS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WHITES AND DEPRIVES PEOPLE OF WHAT THEY HAVE EARNED BASED ON MERIT - THE OBAMAS ARE HOSTILE TOWARD THE FREEDOMS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THEY BOTH BELIEVE THEY ARE JUSTIFIED IN TRAMPLING ON CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS BECAUSE OF THE JIM CROW ERA AND BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION ALLOWED SLAVERY FOR 75 YEARS FROM 1790 - 1864.


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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | September 26, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Why can't they set up a CREDIT SAFETY NET FOR THE NON-FINANCIAL FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, MIDSIZE COMPANIES AND THE MAIN STREET COMPANIES ???

Then they can let the Wall Street banks fail and liquidate through the Fed or bankruptcy court.


Then all they need to do is create a mortgage industry like they had before mortgage-backed securities in which all the CROOKS ON WALL STREET GOT INVOLVED AND SKIMMED THEIR MONEY OFF THE TOP.

That is the way to go.


They need to construct a proper system looking at the fundamentals - fundamentally what structures evolved which have to go - fundamentally what is strong which we want to keep - THEN PLACE ALL THE MONEY BEHIND THE FUNDAMENTALLY STRONG STRUCTURES.


Posted by: WordsOfWisdom787 | September 26, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

The story last night was the Letterman show, not Colbert. You seem to have missed the significance of that by not mentioning it.

Posted by: DanKirkd | September 25, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Colbert, here's a quote from his interview with EW.

"'Any change is as good as a vacation at this point,' says Colbert, who set his conservative TV pundit character aside for the chat. 'I don't know if you've paid much attention to the past eight years, but it has been a s---burger supreme. If somebody gives me an empty burger, it's better than eating s---.'"

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20228603,00.html?iid=top25-20080925-Stewart+%26+Colbert%3A+Exclusive+Q%26A

Posted by: mnteng | September 25, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

JD, you might find this article interesting.

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12305746

It doesn't address the credit debt swaps based on credit card debt and I think our "hole" is much bigger than bad "mortgage backed securities". I would be really interested in your take.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 25, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

The tip about investing in beer is a wise one.

The thing to understand is that if the bailout bill doesn't pass, we will likely have one kind of crash. If the bailout bill does pass, there are a few other crashes that take the lead in becoming hte more probable eventual outcomes. I.e. whether or not the bailout bill passes only changes the flavors and traits of the crashes to come.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 25, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Colbert!

Keep mocking John McBush, the guy who puts his "campaign" first before his "country".


McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxBCAaulG-k
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*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating Five

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.
Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

Though he was not convicted of anything, McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


Here's some more straight-talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | September 25, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

That's the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats don't have to suspend the way they do politics to actually get something done.

Posted by: dafergu3 | September 25, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: popasmoke | September 25, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh Chris - get back to work! What the heck happened, you know, TODAY!!

One suspect report that Obama spoke at length and in depth at the afternoon meeting. Others, equally suspect, that McCain is working with the economic right-wing on a stealth torpedo.

FEED ME!!!!

Posted by: fr3dmars | September 25, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious ... John McCain deserves every bit of scorn he's getting for this cheap stunt. Country first? What a laugh ... he's parachuting in right when these delicate negotiations looked like they were going somewhere and is screwing it up. Way to go, Johnnie boy ...

Posted by: Omyobama | September 25, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

At 60 years old and a regular voter who does not smoke pot, I can say with authority that I hear more honest coverage of politics on The Colbert Report than I do from reading the Fix.

Posted by: smallddem | September 25, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Thirty-two and a half years ago, Weekend Update's Chevy Chase covered the GOP primaries thusly:

"President Ford has announced that he is changing his campaign strategy. From now on, he will campaign to WIN, not to LOSE."

Posted by: JonSM99 | September 25, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Do you not think that Letterman had more impact on the pop "culture" last night? I would guess Letterman's audience is larger and votes with more regularity.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 25, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I would guess that most of his viewers are too stoned to remember when election day comes along.

the youth vote is notorious for not voting. everytime the Dems get all excited about the impending rise in the youth vote, only to be dashed by reality.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | September 25, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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