Conservatives are predicting a big loss for Democrats in the 2010 election if President Barack Obama doesn’t move to the center. Jon Stewart ripped into Democrats Wednesday for taking the bait.
While many liberals don’t think Obama has governed to the left, Republican politicians and pundits are calling for him to moderate his positions in the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts.
Last week, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News, “I think the only way he stops a Republican landslide in November is if he moves to the middle.”
“I think if he moves to the center he will find Republican support,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday.
Stewart was incredulous. “Wait, what? Where is the Republican support in the center?” he asked. “The center of what? A freedom day prayer circle?”
“Guess what? No team is taking advice from the opposing team’s coaching staff,” predicted Stewart but he was wrong.
Democratic Senator Ben Nelson seemed to be taking the Republicans’ advice. “The president is going to have to scale back his agenda,” he said Monday. “I think he’s allowed the left wing to pull him too much in that direction.”
“They took the bait,” lamented Stewart. “Democrats, don’t you get what the Republicans are doing? They are fucking with you.”
“You actually think moving to the right will appease them?” Stewart asked Democrats. “Let me see if I can explain this to you. Remember the show ‘The Wonder Years?’ No matter what you do, the Republicans are not going to let you into the station wagon.” Stewart’s advice was followed by a video clip of Fred Savage’s character chasing his brother’s car, only to have it drive off again.
“They are never going to let you in. And here is the worst part, you’re the majority party. It’s your car!” he exclaimed. “But apparently Democrats have already flipped on the right turn blinker.”
This video is from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, broadcast Jan. 27, 2010.