Colbert: The Audacity of Nope
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, assuming his best fake-conservative pundit persona, was wildly enthusiastic on Thursday about the Republican House members' unanimous refusal to vote for President Obama's stimulus program.
Declaring Today's Word to be "The Audacity of Nope," Colbert exclaimed, "We don't neet a package filled with handouts -- we need one filled with balls! And yesterday, 177 House Republicans put their nuts on the line and said, 'No! We will not vote for this bill that we know will pass anyway!'"
"But these hard times demand an even larger meaningless gesture," continued Colbert. "That is why I am calling on every Republican who voted against this bill to put no money where your mouth is. Refuse to accept a single penny of the $800 billion for your Congressional district! Think of it like a hunger strike."
Colbert paused briefly while the audience cheered. "Then, just sit back and watch in glee," he resumed, "as the Democrats face the wrath of their constituents, suffering as the $800 billion tears through their districts like a Force Five cash-o-cane."
"It won't be easy," acknowledged Colbert, "but you are fighting for a principle! If we can't have a perfect bill to stimulate the economy -- you'd rather have no economy at all."
This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Jan. 29, 2009.
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