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July 25, 2006

"I Enjoy Cocaine Because..."

Via Tom Bevan, you've really go to see Florida Congressman Rob Wexler admit to liking cocaine and prostitutes:

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The "Better Know a District" spots are utterly brilliant. It's like doing Kids Say the Darnedest Things with your elected representatives.

My favorite was still the Lynn Westmoreland not being able to list the 10 Commandments.

Posted by: Royko | Jul 25, 2006 1:08:42 PM

Who doesn't like cocaine and prostitutes?

Posted by: Petey | Jul 25, 2006 1:13:22 PM

I watched the Wexler episode and marvelled at his inability to see how far he was wedging his foot in his mouth. Of course I'm with Petey; who doesn't like coke and whores?

Posted by: Col Bat Guano | Jul 25, 2006 2:02:58 PM

I can't believe this is being treated as a serious news story. Clearly we've entered the theater of the absurd.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Jul 25, 2006 2:50:23 PM

I'm wondering how much longer Colbert is going to be able to find reps willing to appear in these spots. He's made people look stupid, but he made this guy look really stupid. Incumbents are notorious for wanting to avoid debates, which only require them to spar with a fellow office-seeker who doesn't necessarily possess rapier wit; how many of them are going to knowingly sign up for a chance to have Stephen Colbert ram their foot into their mouth?

Posted by: Kylroy | Jul 25, 2006 4:13:11 PM

I've been wondering for years when folks would stop talking to Daily Show correspondents, and that hasn't happened. You can't underestimate a person's desire to be on television, especially a politician's.

What I don't understand is why politicians (or their media consultants) don't realize their job is to play the straight man. You don't have to "go along with the joke" - when a guy asks you to say something positive about cocaine, you can just look at him like the nut he is, say no, and it's still funny. Early John McCain appearances on the Daily Show, when he's wondering who the hell these people are and what exactly is wrong with them, are infinitely more entertaining than the recent, "I'm here to tell jokes and appeal to idiot voters" spots. You're not asked on the show for your Borsch Belt routine.

Posted by: Craig | Jul 25, 2006 5:16:37 PM

To me it looked like even Colbert was surprised that this doofus would fill in the blanks. Read in the newspaper today that he had never seen the show & went on cuz some young staffers suggested it.

Boy, now, that IS dumb. Can't ask for a video clip before you go on the show? Who is this guy's media person? They should be looking for a new job!

Posted by: Cal Gal | Jul 25, 2006 5:29:12 PM

Give me a break. He's a Congressman that makes fun of himself. Does anyone here think less of him for it? I think more of him for it. McCain's been working this shit for years; the press will protect him if it becomes an issue.

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Jul 25, 2006 5:32:34 PM

"I've been wondering for years when folks would stop talking to Daily Show correspondents, and that hasn't happened."

Actually, when DC's D vs. R softball league broke up, the Republican team representative refused to talk to them. Not a huge missed scoop, obviously, but somebody caught on. And yeah, plenty of people still do the Daily Show, but nobody has yet to get flogged in the press for something they said on the show. (Despite richly deserving it - when Stewart asked McCain if he was "going into crazy country" for votes in the primary and he responded "I'm afraid so," I was expecting to see ti all over the news.)

As for this doofus, he would do better to say "you got me" than "we are not amused." Beyond that, Cal Gal has it right - watch a clip, know what you're in for. I think somebody who goes in and gives naught but one-word replies would both cover their ass and be hilarious.

Speaking of which - wouldn't it be great to have him interview Calvin Coolidge? Okay, that was just a lame segue to the time I remember him interviewing Teddy Roosevelt rather than an actual congressman. Does anyone know if his schedule rep bailed that week?

Posted by: Kylroy | Jul 25, 2006 5:53:35 PM

Wexler clearly knew it was a joke. If you're saying politicians should not be able to say something lest some consituents get the wrong idea, you're perpetuating a culture of stupidity.

Posted by: apantomimehorse | Jul 25, 2006 9:56:29 PM

I'm with somecallmetim on this one. I am now far more disposed to vcte for rep. Wexler based on the spot, if only to reward politicans for not being total a$$holes. Of course, all bets are off if he's a religious-right nutcase, but then I think he'd not have taken the joke so well.

Posted by: Padraig | Jul 26, 2006 1:42:31 AM

Wexy's being a good sport. He's not my Congressman, so I don't ponder the broader ramifications of his silly gesture.

Why pols continue to curry favor with Colbert is anybody's guess.

Posted by: Jimmm | Jul 26, 2006 10:48:11 AM

I don't know how much of the clip is there (be it the shortened Fox News version, or the whole interview - and I'm at work so I'm not running it), but the entire point of the segment was "If I were actually running against an opponent, here are some things that would kill me." The joke is on how incredibly well-off some incumbents are, that they can say stuff like that on national television. It's pretty funny, and enraging.

Posted by: Tony v | Jul 26, 2006 11:19:26 AM

I especially liked Colbert's follow-up last night, in which he compared his questioning Westmoreland on the ten commandments to the seriously idiotic questions these so-called journalists manage to force out on a daily basis. Maybe it was too much of a break in the character or overly self-aggrandizing-- or just too Daily Show-ish-- but it was still great.

Posted by: latts | Jul 26, 2006 2:06:53 PM

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