Jon Stewart went after Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Tuesday for his grandstanding over the bailout bill, suggesting ironically that “McCain had no choice but to spend his entire weekend personally saving the country.”
“It’s not my style to simply phone it in,” McCain claimed.
“No one was saying it is your style, were they?” Stewart asked, before showing a clip of McCain “working the phones” two days earlier.
Stewart then showed Lindsay Graham saying passionately, “Thank God, John came back!” and suggested that this meant McCain was “like Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans — he will find us!”
When it seemed the bailout bill would pass, McCain attempted to take credit and criticized Obama for not applying his own hands-on approach. “Senator Obama took a very different approach to the crisis our country faced. At first, he didn’t want to get involved. Then he was ‘monitoring the situation,’” said McCain, making exaggerated airquotes around “monitoring” and arching his eyebrows dismissively.
“Obama’s such an asshole! He makes me so mad!” paraphrased Stewart. “So while Obama was doing Jack Diddly-Bullsquat, John McCain personally corralled the House Republicans to support the bailout. Check and mate!”
Of course, the bailout vote failed on Monday, and McCain suggested afterward that “Senator Obama and his allies in Congress infused unnecessary partisanship into the process. Now is not the time to fix the blame.”
“You should mention that to your previous sentence,” Stewart noted wryly.
After blasting both the Republicans for blaming what Stewart described as Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “salty talk” for their refusal to pass the bailout, and Pelosi’s congratulations to her own party “for a job not done,” Stewart exploded over the news that Congress had recessed for the Jewish New Year.
“This is a rudderless ship!” he yelled. “How many Jews are even in Congress? Wall Street’s open. I’ll guarantee you they’ve got more Jews on Wall Street. … The Daily Show’s on. I’ll guarantee you we’ve got more Jews at the Daily Show than Congress. So get back to saving the economy — and if you have to do it without Feingold and Lieberman, so be it.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast September 30, 2008.