Republicans, who once called for all health reform negotiations to be televised, became fodder for Comedy Central shows Thursday after party members suggested they wouldn't attend a televised summit hosted by the White House. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert mocked the GOP for claiming they were "wary" of President Barack Obama's intentions.
"I don't want to walk into a setup. I don't know who is going to be there, how big the room is going to be? I don't know what the setup is going to be," House Minority Leader John Boehner had said Tuesday.
"It's an ingenious trap," Stewart retorted Thursday night. "I know you may think that being asked to attend a conversation where you are given ample time to prepare is not generally considered a trap. Which is why it's such a brilliant trap."
"It's a public dialog about important legislation, not Little Bighorn," exclaimed Stewart, citing the historical site of General Custer's "last stand" against the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne in 1876.
With one word Stewart summed up what he thought of Republicans: "Pussies."
Stephen Colbert also piled on the GOP. "Obama has put Republicans in an uncomfortable position. He's invited them to this White House summit so he can hear their healthcare ideas, which they asked him for. And it's going to be televised, which they also asked him for," said Colbert.
"What's next? Growing the [Hitler] moustache they asked him for?" asked Colbert.
He continued, "But here's the worst-case scenario: Obama takes some of their core ideas, blends them with some of the Democrats' core ideas and, through compromise, gets something done."
"Which would refute the Republicans' core idea: that government can't get anything done," Colbert explained.
A Fox News video clip from February 10 which Colbert spotlighted contained a gaffe that the host overlooked. Unlike other Fox News flubs that often seem to conveniently make Democrats look bad, this one did the opposite.
The clip from Wednesday's Fox & Friends featured the following graphic as co-anchor Steve Doocy expounded upon how Obama could be speaking to an empty room if Republicans don't show: "REPUBLICAN RESISTANCE PARTY REMAINS WEARY OF BIPARTISAN SUMMIT."
Or perhaps Fox was just sending a message to Republicans that their viewers find bipartisanship tiresome.
This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast Feb. 11, 2010.
This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Feb. 11, 2010.