Thursday, December 9, 2010
In the dismal time that is the lead up to finals week, I turned on the TV to watch tonight's Daily Show, expecting what has become the norm, laughter that covers up tears. And that was just what I got in the beginning of the first segment, as we examined the misery that is the Obama tax cuts for the wealthy. (P.S. We need to cal them that from now on, so that Republicans have no choice but to oppose them next time)
But then precisely 4 minutes into the show, something magical happened. John Oliver stumbled upon something truly phenomenal. Bi-partisanship. I'm not talking "we'll co-sponsor one bill together and then resume hating each other". No, this was far bigger; THESE TWO MEN CAMPAIGNED TOGETHER. How could they do this? What campaign slogan did they use if it wasn't, "Hey I'm not as bad as that other guy"?
It turns out they remembered the most classic American slogan, that everyone seems to have forgotten, "Don't be an asshole." Shocking, I know.
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Also, give those guys credit for really understanding how to handle a comedy news interview. A lot of people seem to miss the point and try to play it too straight, but these guys rolled with it and did some stuff that must have seemed a little ridiculous at the time. Well done, good sirs. Thank you for restoring in me some hope that someday our political system can actual work for the benefit of the people.