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Friday, August 04, 2006

Hackett tangles with Colbert

Some excerpts from Paul Hackett's appearance last night on The Colbert Report:

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Stephen Colbert: "You're a fancy pants lawyer who goes over, serves in Iraq, sees some combat, comes back and decides to run in a special election in Ohio for Congress on a platform against the president and his war policy - Where do you get off? Just because you been there fighting in the war..."

Hackett: "I must have been shellshocked."

Colbert: "Well, were you?"

Hackett: "Let's make something clear: The American military has accomplished everything that our military can accomplish. We're not going to spread democracy on the business end of an M-16 being held by a 23-year-old Marine."

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Colbert: "I support our troops and I want to know why you don't - because that would mean you don't support yourslf."

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Hackett: "Do you really believe we're going to spread democracy with the business end of an M-16?"

Colbert: "I believe we started democracy with a musket. Did we not?"

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Colbert: "Who would you rather be in a foxhole with, sir, Nancy Pelosi or John McCain?"

Hackett: "Bill Reynolds."

Colbert (looking befuddled): "You can't answer a simple analogy?"

Hackett: "Not a one. I mean, first of all, John McCain? He flew an airplane! My God, what the hell does he know about a foxhole?"

Colbert (starts talking, then pauses): "... That's interesting. Senator, if you'd like to come on my show and refute that point, I'd be happy to have you."

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Anyone have a link to a Web video of last night's show? Also, we want to know how you think the show went. Post your review here.


at 1:34 PM, August 04, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the wRong wingnut fishwrap prefers to be stenographers rather than doing some good investigative work !!

I would think the fishwrap has the resouces to watch, record, and have the fair use to broadcast the clip ??

But NO !!

The fishwRap is lazy and wants the bloggers to not only provide the scoop, but, to also do the leg work and reporting ??

What's up Mulon ??

You do deserve credit for trying to bring the clip to the public if your team droped the ball !!

at 11:54 PM, August 04, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy this was hard. Took me 15 seconds...

We'll see how long it takes for this comment to get approved.


at 12:22 AM, August 05, 2006 Anonymous waste of airtime said...

Hackett is a buffoon. When you appear on a comedy show, you ought to be funny. The silliest thing about Paul's appearance was his gaudy red tie. I was foolish enough to stay up late hoping it would be entertaining.

at 12:22 AM, August 05, 2006 Blogger Chris Burch said...

Here's a YouTube clip of the interview.

I thought Hackett did a superb job - most politicians vastly underestimate Colbert's verbal acrobatics, leaving them stupified, mystified, and wondering why Colbert isn't running for office. Hackett kept up with him blow for blow, made some great, witty points (like about McCain's experiences in foxholes)and gave Colbert a little of his own medicine. It was clear from Hackett's first comment ("you must be talking to my wife") that he had a very good idea of the kind of interview he had gotten himself into, and he prepared accordingly. Well done, Mr. Hackett.

Other than his ability to interview, and consequently embarass most politicians by twisting words and political jargon to the point where the politician simply can't say a word without making himself look stupid, I don't really think Colbert's show is very good. Thanks to youtube.com, I can watch only the congressional interviews, and skip the rest.

at 7:21 PM, August 05, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Colbert v. Hackett !!!

at 3:18 PM, August 06, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh ---I really do think that Pie Head Hackett would be a great State Senator from Ohio.

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