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  •  You mean 'speaking truthiness to power' :-) (2+ / 0-)
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    And as some of the other posters have said, a picture-in-picture of Chimpy and Pickles' expressions would have been great!

    On second thought, 25 minutes of Chimpy...maybe that's not such a good idea after all.

    Colbert's performance was the only thing I've ever seen that can match David Letterman's moment while hosting the Oscars, where - in front of both Hollywood and over a billion of their fans around the world - for "Stupid Oscars Pet Tricks" he brought out a dog that was conditioned to chase its tail in response to applause.  And the louder the applause, the faster and more mindlessly the dog would chase.

    At first the audience laughed and applauded wildly.  But as the bit went on and on, it became clear the dog truly would never stop as long as someone was applauding.  The dog's seemingly clever trick began to look more and more like a desperate and uncontrollable need for attention and approval, and there was that same slowly dawning realization of "hey, is he making fun of us?"

    Of course, Bush doesn't quite have the power to have someone executed the way that Oprah does, but still.

    In all seriousness, Colbert's performance was one of the bravest and most courageous I've ever seen.

    Thank you, Stephen Colbert.

    25th Amendment - Use It Or Lose It!

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