On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart again waded into the muddy waters of “Fast and Furious,” the pseudo-scandal currently rocking the right wing of the political world while barely seeming to exist to most people on the other side of the aisle. Republican outrage at the Department of Justice’s purported mishandling of the Bush-era gun-running operation has only redoubled and intensified as the rest of the public has declined to join them in fomenting this particular wave of manufactured outrage.
Mimicking the fevered pitch of the hyperbole surrounding the story, Stewart said, “‘Fast and Furious’ is like what would happen if Monica Lewinsky went down on Iran Contra during the Bay of Pigs invasion.”
Fox News personalities have started flinging around the word “Watergate,” as is their wont, but Stewart reminded them that they’ve invoked the specter of Nixon’s spectacular flameout as chief executive so many times that no one believes it anymore. They’ve become, he said, “the fox who cried wolf.”
“Your outrage repertoire has been so overused as to render justified outrage meaningless,” the host explained.
He then quickly ran through a series of instances where Republicans have exploded in outrage over minor matters like the famous “indoctrination of New Jersey second graders” outrage-fest when video surfaces of a group of second graders singing a song their music teacher wrote about President Barack Obama.
In the wake of the president’s assertion of executive privilege to shield sensitive documents from the committee led by Rep. Darrell Issa, conservatives are calling the country under Barack Obama a “lawless dictatorship.” It’s a charge, said Stewart, that might hold more water if President George W. Bush hadn’t issued so many executive orders of his own.
Watch the Part One, embedded via Comedy Central, below: