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  •  He's a hero (5+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, sam07, lirtydies, mrkvica, lizah

    This Press Corps dinner is usually a great big love-fest, showing we rubes that politics is just a game played by the ones in the know.  So people from all sides of the aisle come together and laugh at the human foibles of the President.  Ha Ha.  All well and good when the President is a person of decency who you just happen to disagree with.  But to stand there next to a criminal and pretend like it's a great big joke legitimizes the criminal.  I just read the transcript with my wife and we both stopped laughing half-way through -- not because it wasn't hilarious, but because it was far more acid than funny.  That Colbert had the guts to cross the line and not play along; that he had the balls to make everyone uncomfortable instead of using laughter to let the president and the press off the hook for their derelictions; that he had the acuity to understand that to get up and tell a few jokes, shake a few hands and kiss a few asses would make him a sell-out and a sap (and that the press's and politicians' eagerness to do that is so much a part of what has gone so very very wrong) -- makes him a man of staggering integrity.

    •  my thoughts exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, lizah, Monique Radevu

      I laughed a lot, but there were moments of sheer awe.  Slack-jawed, not breathing, unbelieving AWE.
      Some commented upstream that the audience was quiet because they were angry at Colbert.  When I watched I saw people who just couldn't believe what the fuck was being said right in bush's face.  To his face. To all of their lying faces.  That's how it made me feel, anyway.

      Staggering integrity indeed.  And staggering courage.

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