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Friday, September 24, 2010

Reality Bites: White House Edition

This is brilliant! I finally get it!

First, we elected some bad actors from various film genres to Congress:

Nancy Pelosi,nancy

Henry Waxman,


Harry Reid,


and Barney Frank.


Then we elected a poseur as President,

one step over the line with a fashion-icon trophy wife.


Next, we found a comedian for the Senate…

Former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast member AL FRANKEN is running for the US
Senate from Minnesota in 2008.
  A senior Democratic official from Minnesota confirmed that the
comedian has decided to run for office, but he has not made an official
announcement yet.
  The 55-year-old has been calling members of the Minnesota
congressional delegation to get their advice on his candidacy.
  He announced this week (BEG29JAN07) that he would be leaving his show
on Air America Radio on 14 February (07) and told listeners he would be
making a decision soon.
  Franken would take on Republican NORM COLEMAN, a first-term senator
who is among the Democrats' top targets.
  In addition to his work on Saturday Night Live, he has also written
several best-selling books combining humour and politics. (SS/WNWCYA

Al Franken 
Conservative Political Action Conference 2005
Washington DC, USA - 2005
Credit: Carrie Devorah / WENN

lined up  a few run-of-the-mill sidekicks,

and hired a life-long character actor as sidekick.


And now, today, we bring in a fake republican who plays a fake newsman on the Comedy Central Channel…

colbert2 Stephen Colbert

to testify before the Congressional Judiciary Committee about illegal immigration and farm workers.

I finally get it!


  • The only question remaining is, which one?

America's Toughest Jobs, American Idol, Hell's Kitchen, What Not to Wear, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Faking It, The Biggest Loser, Last Comic Standing?

Good guesses, all, but no. It’s a remake of an old favorite: Extreme Makeover: America

I believe we’re still working on the pilot, and reviews so far are mixed. So no word yet as to whether it will be picked up for next season. Decision to be announced this November.

As a footnote to this shameful show, brought to you by the Democrats, I must commend the behavior of Detroit’s own Democratic Congressman, John Conyers – something I thought I’d never have the occasion to do.

To his credit, in an attempt to maintain at least a semblance of respectability in his committee, he requested that Mr. Colbert  excuse himself from the hearing, which of course Mr. Colbert declined to do. After all, he’s auditioning for a sweet role.