Print this Page


Tomorrow Barack Obama turns 100. In days. It’s a big deal, apparently, and apparently also nobody but us finds such a milestone embarrassing, gratuitous, pathetically uber-American.

Enough about the Big 100, though. There’ll be plenty of that tomorrow.

One day at a time, people. One day at a time.

On this 99th day (!!) of Barack Obama’s torture … errr, tenure, the only sure thing in politics is that Republicans are way out of touch. Which surely people already know, but it turns out it’s a lot worse than anyone thought.

For example, conservatives actually believe comedian Stephen Colbert’s shtick, which is to say that they don’t believe it’s a shtick at all.

Which is to say that they believe him, believe that he’s serious.

In fact, conservatives think he’s only pretending to act. From the Ohio State University study:

Additionally, there was no significant difference between the groups in thinking Colbert was funny, but conservatives were more likely to report that Colbert only pretends to be joking and genuinely meant what he said while liberals were more likely to report that Colbert used satire and was not serious when offering political statements.

So, the world according to Republicans: Colbert acts like he’s acting, all so he can infiltrate and undermine the leftist media. To this end, he makes fun of conservatives . . . but only subversively so. It’s an exercise in dog-whistling: Colbert’s peddling conservatism to conservatives, but only conservatives can detect it. Everyone else just thinks he’s being funny and satirical.

Talk about a vast right-wing conspiracy!