Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM ET
The Super PAC isn't solely the domain of Comedy Central's merry team of jesters at "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show," you know. Monday night, they got some serious competition, thanks to "Late Night's" Jimmy Fallon and "Rock Center's" Brian Williams, who paired up to "slow-jam the news." While The Roots played soft licks in the background, Williams read out the news about President Obama's decision to join the Super PAC crowd, and Fallon joined in: "Aww, yeah ... sounds like the President goes both ways on this issue...." and later called the newscaster "Bri-Bri Will-Wills."
Added Fallon, "So many singles getting tucked into candidates' g-strings, the Super PACs are starting to get ... super freaky." Fallon then launched into a few lines from Rick James' "Super Freak": "It's a Super PAC, Super PAC, they're Super PAC-ing" -- and Williams leaped in with a reasonably funky "Yow!"
Meanwhile, over at "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart discussed John F. Kennedy’s 1952 speech on religious freedom -- the one which, when he finally heard it, made Rick Santorum almost toss his cookies. To Santorum, the speech prohibits people of faith from participating in public discourse -- but Stewart was left wondering how he could hear the exact opposite of what Kennedy actually had said. He was then prompted to introduce a new segment: "How is it that Mitt Romney Hasn’t Crushed this Guy Already?"
Well, how about those face-palm worthy remarks Romney keeps making? "Cars and sport" are a few of his favorite things, his wife drives "a couple of Cadillacs," and a few of his friends happen to own NASCAR teams. Stewart wondered if anything could come out of Romney's mouth that didn't sound like "Gilligan's Island's" Thurston Howell III.
And speaking of elitism, Stewart would not let Santorum’s "what a snob" comment about Obama go unremarked on. Santorum says Obama is trying to impose his views on higher education on an America that may not be able to afford those four-year colleges. Instead, Santorum suggests Americans should have the option of two-year or community colleges, vocational schools and apprenticeships. Which is exactly what Obama said, Stewart pointed out.
Stephen Colbert put aside presidential politics briefly to take on another kind -- the politics of film. He had a few choice words for the "Liberal-controlled" Academy Awards, and films like the upcoming "The Lorax" and Oscar-winning "The Artist," or as he calls them: "Movies That Are Destroying America: Oscars Edition." Quite frankly, Colbert says he won’t see any movies whose titles don’t contain the number 2, or the word "Furious" in them.
But then it was back to the GOP presidential race. Romney held a campaign event over the weekend, drawing around 1,200 people to a stadium that can seat 65,000. Media reports remarked on the emptiness of the arena, but Colbert looked on the bright side, saying the important thing is that Romney relates to those empty seats "by also being plastic and uncomfortable." He is the only candidate that can correctly address the height of Michigan’s trees, Colbert joked -- referring to the awkward Michigan speech he gave last week.
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