The Colbert cock-up

In a New York Post column on the “Trump-Russia tinfoil hat brigade,” Paul Sherry turns to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which FBI Director James Comey testified this week. Sherry focuses on Comey’s exchange with an overmedicated Al Franken (as he appeared to me).

Franken has become the de facto leader of the tinfoil hat brigade. In this capacity Franken posed a question to Comey that was perfect in its vacuity: “Is it possible that in the Russians’ views, view, Trump’s business interests would make him more amenable to cooperating with them, ‘more disposed to deal with Russia,’ as the [Intelligence Community] report says?”

Having taken in Franken’s exchange with Comey (video below), Sperry writes: “The conclusion that Russia tried to steal the election for Trump is based on pure speculation about how Putin thinks. The notion Trump was in Putin’s back pocket doesn’t even factor into it.”

In the course of his foul anti-Trump tirade this past Monday on his late-night CBS show, Stephen Colbert went considerably beyond “the notion that Trump was in Putin’s back pocket.” Colbert’s ultimate insult envisioned Trump and Putin in an act of homosexual sex captured in a vulgar slur that plays on a variation of an old theme.

The Seinfeld crew might have made it funny with the ironic catchphrase: “Not that there’s anything wrong with that that.” In his tirade, however, Colbert injected no hint of irony to mitigate the sting. The sting was the point.

Assuring fans of his orthodox bona fides on Wednesday, Colbert avowed: “While I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their [sic] love for another person, in their [sic] own way, is to me an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.”

Combining stupidity with flattery, Colbert’s statement both sucks and sucks up, big league. Senator Franken, can you top it?

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