Monday, May 01, 2006

More on Stephen Colbert's Big Brass Balls

Cassandra D was on-target about Stephen Colbert. His almost uncomfortably acerbic spiel at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this past weekend revealed that the man's got balls the size of Humvees.

Some voices in the blogosphere weigh in (and they should weigh in, since the mainstream media has instead focused on Dumbya's appearance with lookalike Steve Bridges).

"It's very witty when you read the text; but actuality as Colbert says these things to the President's face, it's very uncomfortable. Watching it, It's like Hamlet forcing King Claudius to watch the play that accuses him of murder. Or it's like a man asked to be Court Jester who shows up and tells the king exactly what's wrong with him, and gets out of the building before they can behead him."
-- Chris Durang,
The Huffington Post

"Colbert's routine was designed to draw blood -- as good political satire should. It seemed obvious, at least to me, that he didn't just despise his audience, he hated it. While that hardly merits comment here in Left Blogostan, White House elites clearly aren't used to having such contempt thrown in their faces at one of their most cherished self-congratulatory events."
-- Billmon,
Whiskey Bar

A transcript of Colbert's lacerating monologue is available here.

3 Comments:

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

I thought his skit was funny. It was like watching a longer skit on SNL, not Earth shaking but nice levity for those of us who hate Bush. You have had too much cajones soup.

 
At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Greta McInerney-Spinoza said...

Does Colbert have big balls, or are we just too darned unfamiliar with chutzpah and courage? GW is famous for isolating himself from criticism and living in a bubble. Colbert didn't give him that luxury.

This is the first in a long line of presidents who didn't give Helen Thomas the courtesy of the first question at a press conference. GW and his mouthpieces rarely even call on this venerable journalist. Colbert brilliantly used Thomas to illustrate W's disdain for his critics.

Anyone remember "Hardball" after Delay gave Chris Matthews the scoop about not running for election? Matthews got the scoop and an interview and didn't ask one single question related to Delay's numerous issues of corruption. It was a classic case of puffball.

Those are the "balls" problems -- the one who sit and protect their jobs and scoops and don't have the courage of speaking truth to power.

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Athena said...

All this talk about balls. Now I have AC/DC lyrics running through my head.

 

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