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As much as I dislike Senator Jim DeMint, Jon Stewart managed caused him to rationally examine his ideals and it led to a truly remarkable interview.

If you didn't have a chance to watch the full uninterrupted interview from last night's show, you really should...

http://www.thedailyshow.com/...

It's a shame more people in the media are not capable of hosting interviews like this with politicians. To challenge them not on talking points but on their core ideals, without making it into an attack.

This video deserves to go viral.

                       

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  •  for those of us in a (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG

    video restricted zone,  what are some of the key points?

    “I do not want art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few. “ William Morris.

    by HugoDog on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 02:46:42 PM PST

    •  It's hard to sum up... (3+ / 0-)
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      moose67, mumtaznepal, jacey

      Jon goes through each and every major talking point that DeMint and the Tea Party embraces, and slowly systematically deconstructs them, but in a way that doesn't come off as simplistic or mean-spirited.

      If more of our politicians  and media personalities were capable of having discussions at this level, the animonisity between the various political factions would go away over night.

  •  I still dislike Jim DeMint (5+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, TofG, judyms9, phonegery, Van Buren

    I changed the station last night because I didn't want to listen to him spew the right-wing talking points and promote his book, but I did watch your clip (thanks) and tried to be open-minded.
    What I see is DeMint is still one of those right-wing idiots that has caused so much damage to our country and Jon Stewart is an excellent interviewer that called him on his talking points in a clever and respectful way.  Democrats tend to be that way and it makes it ever so difficult to discuss issues with dogmatic, feet in cement, no compromise Republicans.

    "George Washington: "The power under the Constitution will always be in the people.... and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can, and undoubtedly will, be recalled." 1787

    by moose67 on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:03:57 PM PST

  •  Okay. I watched it. THANK YOU! (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, jacey

    I was sort of waiting for Jon to note that Vermont and Massachusetts have come up with their own solutions on health care - what has SC done????

    DeMint so obviously thinks health care is a privilege, not a right ...

    Again, thanks, for this.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 03:36:34 PM PST

  •  I saw that. Stewart is worth 10 of the Sunday (5+ / 0-)

    Morning Talk Show pretenders as a serious, knowledgable interviewer.

    Well done, Stewart!  Outstanding!

    Occupy The Voting Booth - vote for candidates that represent your Occupy values.

    by mumtaznepal on Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 04:24:48 PM PST

  •  Jon Stewart is simply AMAZING (0+ / 0-)

    It is simply amazing to see a Comedian destroy every single republican he faces with simple, well thought out facts.
    DeMint didn't even try to answer any of the points Jon was making. Either he didn't understand them or he isn't smart enough to even understand his fuzzy logic.
    SC is a welfare state. Same as most of these Southern States. But for some odd reason, when Senators from those states speak, people don't have the guts to tell them ... their State is actually on welfare. Which Jon alluded to ... in a very subtle way.
    I seriously believe, Jon Stewart should run for office.

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