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Conyers Asks Colbert To Leave Hearings

From an amused Boston Globe:

Colbert asked to leave Judiciary hearing

By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff

At least one lawmaker was not amused.

Comedian Stephen Colbert had barely seated himself at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing this morning when US Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan, asked him to leave.

Conyers said the committee had not seen so many reporters at a hearing since presidential impeachment proceedings in the late 1990s, and he wanted Colbert to leave so that the committee could carry on with its work.

Mind you, Mr. Conyers is the Congressman who usually invited Code Pink to such hearings, and pays their fines when they are jugged for being disrupted.

Colbert, however, did not budge, saying that he was present at the invitation of the hearing chair, US Representative Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California. But Colbert said if Lofgren wanted him to leave, he would.

Lofgren said she wanted him to stay, and a good portion of Capitol Hill is now glued to broadcasts of the hearing on the Internet, awaiting Colbert’s testimony, which is expected shortly

No wonder Mr. Colbert is incensed. How is he any different from the rest of the comedians on Capitol Hill? And we don’t just mean Al Franken.

But by all means we must preserve the dignity of Congressional proceedings. Right, Mr. Conyers?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 24th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

28 Responses to “Conyers Asks Colbert To Leave Hearings”

  1. untrainable says:

    We need effective testimony on illegal immigration policy… bring in Stephen Colbert… he’s funny right? Maybe we can get some publicity.

    Congress, in cooperation with Obambi, have made themselves irrelevant if not obsolete. With presidential fiat, executive orders, the establishment of the czar-dom , the use of the EPA to get around the wishes of the people, and the creation of hundreds of new pointless bureaucracies, it’s no wonder that they’d bring in some comic relief. They have noting substantial to do!

    Why not call in Carrot Top while you’re at it? Where is Don Rickles when you need him. Now THAT would be must see TV!

  2. Zilla says:

    The shark has been jumped.

  3. proreason says:

    Conyors is another member of the Black Caucus who actually takes himself seriously.

    The real joke is on us.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I think it extremely interesting that the little blog ad in the area posted by “pulse360” that help Steve pay the bills popped up with this, right below the original article when I went to the comments page.

    “Stop Bedwetting We correct the problem of nighttime bed wetting in children.”

    For the life of me, I’d love to get my hands on the logic program that gleaned that “related” subject from this page.

  5. P. Aaron says:

    Conyers’ wife Monica reported to Wayne County jail last week to serve a 39 month sentence for accepting bribes as a councilperson in Detroit.

    • Right of the People says:

      I wonder if the Wayne County Jail gets Comedy Central or just CNN, they’re both about as relative as each other but I believe Comedy Central is more factual.

    • Chase says:

      Yeah, that was my initial thought – that Rep Conyers was grumpy due to delays or inconveniences to his plans to make his next (taxpayer-funded ?) jailhouse visit …

  6. Tater Salad says:

    I don’t see the big deal here with having Colbert tesifying in a Democratically controlled Congress. The Comedy Central routine was appropriate with the Democrats who are in charge and have shown the same disregard with Congress and tax dollars starting when they closed the doors of transparency to the voters of America during the healthcare debate. Keep up the good work because you will become unemployed in November and then again in 2012. That is a promise. You want to make a mockery of us, the taxpayers who are footing the bill then you can do it from your own front porch. This is a “promise”!

  7. jobeth says:

    No time to read the bills for Obalmy care or the stimulus…but plenty of time to catch the comedy hour staring Steven Colbert.

    I think he bombed anyway…I have yet to see any laughter from the peanut gallery behind him…however it could be shock from the Repubs and that the Dems thought he was a serious witness.

    After all, don’t the Dems get their News from Colbert anyway?

    • Mithrandir says:

      It doesn’t seem as funny when the lickspittles aren’t there to laugh hilariously does it?

      Sarcasm isn’t as effective used on people who don’t get it.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “No time to read the bills for Obalmy care or the stimulus…but plenty of time to catch the comedy hour staring Steven Colbert.”

      This was my first thought. Just when you think it couldn’t become any more ridiculous…it does. The behavior in DC becomes more brazen by the day. It’s way past time to vote these clowns out of office.

    • jobeth says:

      The history of “Bizarre World”

      This whole administration has been bizarre right from the beginning…heck even before the beginning.

      Remember the grand stage at the Dem convention?

      Then Bush hadn’t even had time to reach the airport before Obalmy signed the directive to close Gitmo.

      If I remember correctly…and I do, EVERY day…EVERY day…Obalmy came out with something new to shake our world.

      Let us not forget the Peace Prize. Even HE and his narcissism. didn’t see it coming. No one can figure out what he did to earn it…but then, this IS Bizarre World. Nothing needs to make sense.

      Then the first HUGE uprising by the people on the scale of the first revolution…

      Then the congress came up with gigantic barely readable bills of thousands of pages that couldn’t be understood, that began gutting every thing American. Then they insisted no one in congress (or the Ameican people), should read it. And the numb-nuts didn’t. They yet passed the things!

      Then the Dems got scared…of the Tea party…Then the repubs thought the tea party was in their pocket…and found out that no…they needed to be afraid…very afraid as well!

      Now these machine Repubs are either getting the backsides over their shoulders and running as Independents when they lost their primaries or learned the right tea party ‘mantra’ in order to stay in the fray. (Lets see if they deliver now)

      We have watched Obalmy, the great I Won, become almost marginal…with Dems running from his endorsement.

      We are watching WH rats jumping ship in droves right now. They can’t distance themselves fast enough from their “messiah”

      And to continue this bizarre administration, congress brings in a comedian, in character, to entertain the ‘hard working” congress and to take up taxpayer dollar allotted for serious business.

      Seems our congress is so bold now they don’t even bother trying to pass an evening in a comedy club as a business entertainment cost…Now they just bring in the comedian to the IN SESSION congress. Bizarre?

      I won’t even get into the gigantic islam insanity…that’s a whole ‘nother ‘Bizarre World” issue

      With any luck and/or blessings from God maybe we will be able to take back America and extract us from this bizarre world of OZ…Just pray.

  8. White_Polluter says:

    Conyers wife was actually not guilty. She asked to withdraw her guilty plea right before sentencing. She said she didn’t want to go to jail for something she hadn’t done. So another case of a minority being railroaded.

    In other related news from Michigan, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s sister testified before a grand jury looming into charges the former mayors non profit organization misused funds. Kwame is the son of Michigan congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. Kwame is currently a guest of the state of Michigan for hiding funds instead of repaying Detroit 1 million dollars in restitution stemming from a lawsuit filed by wrongly terminated policemen who were going to blow the whistle on the Mayor’s affair with his chief of staff.

  9. tranquil.night says:

    So an irrelevant Ruling Class clown goes to Washington because they think he’s a mainstream “Republican” voice who’s going to speak in favor of illegal immigrant workers’ rights, which he actually did if you listen to his remarks. But instead he also drops some racist quips, gay jokes and Democrat roasts.

    We’re all laughing at how dumb they look for bringing this trainwreck on themselves, but look at the narrative coming out of ABC now:

    “but when it was his turn to speak, the talk show host slipped into character as a satirical conservative to make his points in support of more favored status for migrant farm laborers.
    ‘This is America,’ he told the panel. ‘I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican,’ he said. ‘We do not want immigrants doing this labor.'”

    I wish it was surprising to see the depths to which these frauds will sink to smear those who’re determined to expose and defeat them. Colbert, Stewart, indeed all of Comedy Central are of course in that category. We’ll be laughing at them when their rallies attract only a few hundred college yuppies.

  10. A Rabbi, A Duck, and Stephen Colbert walked into a congressional hearing room..

    John Conyers says: “what is this .. a Joke?”

    • JohnMG says:

      That is probably the largest audience Colbert ever managed to address. And he had to have a captive audience to do it.

      What a turd!

    • Mithrandir says:

      Liberals LOVE to pretend.

      ~Pretend female comedians are funny.
      ~Pretend liberals are intellectuals.
      ~Pretend Obama deserved the Peace Prize.
      ~Pretend welfare, and illegals don’t cost money.
      ~Pretend rap music is a talent.

      They laugh at Colbert because he is mocking conservatives, they don’t care if it is really funny or not.

  11. BigOil says:

    My first thought when I heard Colbert was testifying before Congress was this must be a joke. After listening to this idiot, I knew I was wrong because nothing he said was even remotely funny.

    Colbert isn’t nearly as comical as the clown that lives in the White House.

  12. Coco Q. Rico says:

    This is not only such a wasteful use of government time, but also such an embarrassment for the Left, if only they realized how tragically this will play, over time. I blogged about this;


    I was so stunned when I heard Colbert was going to testify, I thought it was a joke. I think liberals do this well — they satirize, ironize, and wisecrack. They point out the stupidity of their opponents, or at least any contradiction that can be amplified and exaggerated. But what solutions are they bringing to illegal immigration?

    Also, I think Colbert and Stewart are like Kathy Griffin, Tyra Banks, Lady Gaga, and the Obamas — they are simply overexposed. When it gets to the point that you can’t stand to hear about an individual anymore, it means the press has been too fawning. It’s a danger to all these overexposed folks.

  13. Mithrandir says:

    1. This wasn’t funny.

    2. He didn’t get anything accomplished other than get himself on camera.

    3. I feel sorry for the migrant farmers who were used as a tool for this dudes jokes.

    4. Ever see this guys show? Sarcastic–yes, funny? –no.

  14. proreason says:

    Colbert wasn’t brought to the committee for laughs.

    His schtick is that he pretends he is Bill O’Reilly, bombastic social conservative / secure borders advocate.

    So his act was a deliberate mock of the basic conservative position on the border.

    The key line was “I don’t want my tomatoes being picked by any non-Americans”. Personally, I think it’s a funny line, but the point wasn’t to be funny; the point was to ridicule people who are opposed to illegal immigration. By distorting our position, he holds us up to ridicule. That’s his MO. Libwits love that kind of humor because it’s supposed to be ‘wid it’.

    Conyors complained at the beginning because he hadn’t been briefed about what was really going on. After he was briefed, he backed off and let Colbert go through the routine.

    It was an effective strategy because about 9 million people via the msm saw the libwit establishment’s #2 funnyman mock conservatives as a lead story on msm TV. Colbert’s usual audience is about 1/50’th of that.

    So now 9 million people 45 years old and older (perky Katie’s audience) are aware the hip, wid it establishment thinks they are fuddy duddy’s if they support the common sense conservative position. She explained it all to them, just to be make sure they understood.

    • jobeth says:

      All great points…Pro.

      As an aside and to pick out a tidbit of your comment…

      “(perky Katie’s audience)”

      Can’t stand that woman…and where they get she is ‘perky’ is beyond me. She is a dismal bore and is one who gives off the air of looking down her elite nose at the the unwashed masses. But she does love herself…so I suppose that’s all she needs.

      Give me ANY Fox gal reporter any day…They know they are there to do the news and interviews…not to look “perky”… Yet it’s they that come across as ‘perky’ and real

      Megyn Kelly is the best of the bunch. Direct and to the point and digs out the truth.

  15. AmericanIPA says:

    Could this guy be any less funny? I honestly don’t get the Daily Show bunch being considered funny at all…and I have a boffo sense of humor!

  16. Mae says:

    Happy to say I’ve only watched Colbert once and flipped the dial before the show was over.

    • Seen it many times and have actually laughed.

      But this was as much a mockery of our government as the current administration is. And it cost nearly as much as one of the Won’s date nights.

      Poor decision making skills exhibited by the US Representative Zoe Lofgren. No big surprise right?

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