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Last night, Stephen Colbert looked at the Senate GOP voting to disapprove of their own vote to raise the debt ceiling.

I'm afraid it's sad to say this Congress is the least popular of all time.  Just thinking about what's going on on Capitol Hill makes people nauseous.  Nausea, by the way, more popular than Congress.

And Republicans in Congress are the most least popular.  One reason is that they disappointed their base by voting to raise the debt ceiling on the flimsy excuse of avoiding a galactic economic meltdown.

Well yesterday, Senate Republicans did their best to fix that mistake when 27 GOP Senators voted to disapprove of their previous vote to raise the debt ceiling.  (audience laughter)

I believe the motion was titled S.R. 346: Fiscal "I Call Backsies".

And folks, it was not easy for them to get this vote.  Mitch McConnell had to negotiate with Harry Reid so that the recent debt ceiling bill included "a provision that there would be a second vote expressing approval or disapproval of the first vote".

In short, GOP Senators voted for raising the debt ceiling on the stipulation that they could vote against having voted for it.  Proving that Republicans may not be bipartisan, but they may be bipolar.  (audience laughter and applause)

And these brave 27 statesmen, led by Mitch McConnell, took this stand for the noblest of reasons: to get re-elected.  And I, for one, cannot wait for the campaign ads.  So I didn't.  Jim?

OMINOUS VOICEOVER: Mitch McConnell claims to be a small government conservative, but he voted with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling.

SOOTHING VOICEOVER: But Mitch McConnell knows that was wrong.  He took a stand against Mitch McConnell.

OMINOUS VOICEOVER: Mitch McConnell.  Wrong for Kentucky.

SOOTHING VOICEOVER: Vote change.  Vote Mitch McConnell.

MITCH McCONNELL: I'm Mitch McConnell, and I approve this message.  No I don't!

Folks, with an ad like that, one of them can't lose!
Video below the fold.

Stephen then had another ThreatDown segment about divorce spreading and global warming causing McDonald's to get rid of the Dollar Menu.
He then noted how Fox News's Shepard Smith is now using those big tablets to play Candy Crush.
Meanwhile, Jon looked at the news that Russia was also spying on G20 members, and how our intelligence officials responded to the latest NSA revelations.
He then noted that mysterious barge off of San Francisco that's owned by Google, which isn't talking about what it's for.
Stephen talked with teen prodigy Jack Andraka, who found a new and simple way to detect cancer, and Jon talked with education reformer Diane Ravitch, which went long.  Here's the unedited interview in two pars.
Part 1
Part 2

Originally posted to BruinKid on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Electronic America: Progressives Film, music & Arts Group.

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