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Posted on Jul 21, 2006
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What do you get when you put Stephen Colbert in a room with a congressman facing an uncontested election? Television magic. Prompt or no prompt, it’s not every day you hear an elected official talk about cocaine and prostitutes.  That must be a really safe seat.

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Partial transcript:

Colbert: Wow.  You realize there is no amount of damage control you can do at this point.

Congressman Wexler: That’s right.

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Colbert: We’d better finish this interview quick, ‘cuz I’m not sure how long you’re going to be in Congress.


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By QQ, July 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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mike get a sense of humor, seriously.

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By Philip, December 15, 2006 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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Mike is a hillbilly, republican who probably lives in a trailer in the middle of nowhere in texas. Get a F***ing sence of HUMOR! its called a JOKE.
P.S. You would love the movie “Borat” and the TV show “Da Ali g Show”

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By Tandoorichicken, November 23, 2006 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
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No one should be taking Rob Wexler’s comments seriously. It is important that politicians be able to engage in self-deprecating humour, especially on FAKE news programs such as the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. It is important for the citizens to address politicians without tension, and it is equally important for politicians to take a break every once in a while and stop being so darn proper all the time. They often deserve it. Anyone who thinks otherwise must be so insecure that even some light-hearted comedy about such lowbrow things as sex and drugs throws off balance their entire worldview.

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By Mike, November 19, 2006 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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The comments Wexler made, regardless of whether or not they were meant to be a joke, are grossly inappropriate and highly unbecoming of a United States Congressman.  Wexler is an embarrassment, as is Colbert and those of you who find his tired routine the least bit entertaining.

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By WRSHPR, July 27, 2006 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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I googled “Wexler for President,” and so far there are only two other websites that contain htat phrae.

His interview gave me hope that there may be some politicians out there who have a chance of redeeming hte two-party system.

Rise and remember, and let’s get some more underground chatter going about “Wexford for President!”

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By Apollo, July 26, 2006 at 9:30 pm Link to this comment
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I agree, who is this calder whose I.Q. rates just below that of a fencepost? Democrats want us to lose the war on terror?  Not really, I’d just want to see bush lose, and the republicans who support him.  We’re headed in a losing direction, this congressman’s idea of redeploying the troops is actually good, besides the fact that Iraq is pretty much a lost cause.  Go look at your history Colbert, Bush is just a lame duck, and after the ‘06 election, he’ll be dead in the water.

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By Freddie, July 26, 2006 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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Its one of the funniest moments in television history…all the so called “REAL NEWS” is made up anyhow…Colbert is right on all the time and never misses a beat…at least he doesn’t lie to us like the rest of the media…

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By LiberalViewer, July 26, 2006 at 2:33 am Link to this comment
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Did you see what Fox News’ “Special Report” did to the Wexler clip from Colbert? See my YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGqPxn7njqM

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By Joe, July 24, 2006 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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Hahaha such classic comedy.  I find it funny that these regressives (aka rethugs) can’t figure out it’s SATIRE (also known as JUST A JOKE).  I also think it’s hilarious that these republican’ts think Colbert is actually serious when he talks about supporting the president, just goes to show what re-re’s they really are.

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By Bill, July 24, 2006 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment
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Who’s this calder whack job.  Yes, by God, it’s the liberal media, calder boy. No WMD’s, the liberal media, Jack Abramoff, the liberal media, an economy that’s so far in debt it’s about to become a client state of China, liberal media.  Tell you what calder, why don’t you just have “It’s the liberal media” branded to your chickenhawk little ass. That way, when someone says something negative about you or George, “I served in the champagne squadron” during Vietnam, Junior Bush, you can show everyone the part of your anatomy that does the most thinking.

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By Evan, July 24, 2006 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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The only problem with having Wexler as my Congressman is that I can not overwhelmingly support him when he runs unopposed.  Every time his name is on the ballot, I can not vote for him fast enough.  His sense of humor with Stephen Colbert made me even more proud to have him as my congressman.

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By This Is My Real Name, July 23, 2006 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment
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Bush-bots have no discernable sense of humor. That and the lack of independent thinking too…

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By JT, July 23, 2006 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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Is there a way for you to provide the video in another format?
Some Flash is not supported in every operating systems. WMV format, at least, has been reverse engineered by other operating systems.
Thank you.

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By Calder, July 23, 2006 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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Matt: The military does not issue any such thing as a Yellow Heart, what the hell are you talking about?

You just can’t handle the fact that this Dem congressman got caught acting like a fool. Typical, just like all Dems he wants us to lose the war against terrorism.

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By frieda, July 22, 2006 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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The Bush lovers support his crude jokes and mannerisms and further he`s a lousy massager. Would he and his worshippers understand Colbert`s satire and humor?  Never!  If only Wexler could be cloned.  Not only is he an intelligent and outstanding congressman, but has a sense of humor as well.

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By Matt Harris, July 22, 2006 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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Calder-If, as you say, Dan Rather’s fiasco proves that Boy Bush served his “military” obligation with honors, then yes I can prove that Bush did cocaine.

You do know that’s not true though, don’t you?  Sadly, maybe not.  CBS using forged documents in doing a story on Bush’s “service” proves nothing except CBS used forged documents in doing a story on Bush’s service.  Maybe you can explain how it proves he served his military service with honors.  What honors did he receive?  Was it a Yellow Heart, the Congressional Medal of Daddy-assisted Draft Dodging?  Do tell.

Using your “logic”, Bush has failed to deny that he used cocaine so therefore he has.  Regressives like you wouldn’t know the truth if it fell on your head.

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By Greg, July 22, 2006 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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Wow! That was comedy at its best. I laughed so hard I have tears in my eyes….I would be honored to be represented by someone like Wexler.

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By CantWaitFor08, July 22, 2006 at 11:45 am Link to this comment
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http://www.cantwaitfor08.org

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By Calder, July 22, 2006 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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Matt Harris:

Can you prove President Bush used cocaine? I dod’nt think you can, Dan Rather’s fiasco proves Bush did serve his military obligation with honors. CBS learned that the hard way. Liberals like you just refuse to face the truth. The lefty media, the lies.

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By Yasmine, July 21, 2006 at 11:12 pm Link to this comment
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Absolute comedic gold.  Colbert, the genius satirist and Congressman Wexler truly getting the gist of the whole thing and just rolling with it. If he were my congressman, I would certainly vote for him. What a great sport.
And to those who say something nasty about Wexler or twist this into something other then for what it was intended to be……Wexler does enjoy the company of prostitutes and cocaine!!! Oh, and when people talk about you, they don’t say things like “I saw his/her mouth moving, but all I heard was a high pitched screech come out.”

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By Matt Harris, July 21, 2006 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment
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Wow, looks like the moron contingent is out in force commenting on a comedy show “interview”.  Yeah, this shows why Dems are gonna lose in ‘06 because, um, they have a sense of humor.

Was it a little too nuanced for the mentally challenged (Bush voters)?  Ya see, Congressman Wexler knows that it’s a farcical interview on a comedy show so he plays along.  Unlike our current president, he probably hasn’t really done cocaine, while dodging his responsibilities in the National Guard, as he dodged the draft, so he can play along and it’s——funny.  Not funny like there were no WMD and 2,500 US soldiers and around 100,000 Iraqis died for a deception funny, but ha-ha funny.  Get it now?

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By Saverio, July 21, 2006 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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We live in Congressman Wexler’s district, and are so grateful to be represented by him, because he is a true liberal, a true Patriot, an American hero—and he’s got a great sense of humor to boot.  He runs unopposed for good reason:  his constituents adore him.  He is one of the best, most ethical, and hardest-working Representatives on Cap. Hill.  You all should know that he is the Democratic congressman who has been single-handedly fighting Jeb Bush over Bush’s refusal to allow printed voting records for touch-screen machines here in Florida—this battle has been raging for at least three years now, bouncing around from court to court, and much to Bush’s consternation, Wexler will not give up—not until the votes are counted for WE THE PEOPLE, not for Bushco and the Right Wing.  It is fitting that Jeb Bush, whose behavior is so anti-American, so anti-moral, so anti-ethical, is being chased down by a man of whom our founding fathers would have been proud. You go, Bob—we love ya!!

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By Jen, July 21, 2006 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment
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Get a grip people, it was SATIRE.  So many of these congressmen are so stuffed-shirt and never get the game Colbert plays.

The funniest part is what we didn’t see…Wexler’s PR staff probably passed out cold.  Ha!

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By Marcia, July 21, 2006 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment
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I live in Congressman Robert Wexler’s District 19 in Boca Raton, Florida.  He is the absolute best!  He is one of the hardest working people in Congress and is still able to maintain a great sense of humor.  He totally gets Colbert and was willing to work with him for a great laugh.  Wexler is fully in touch with the needs of the people in his District and we adore him for it.  And for your information, many of us are under 65!!

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By jmc, July 21, 2006 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment
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That was great.  The congressman gets it and hand a grand time in the process.

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By Frank Chickens, July 21, 2006 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment
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Um… it’s a COMEDY.

Hello.

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By Don Knutsen, July 21, 2006 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment
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Whats with all the cranky responces to Rep. Wexler…..They were clearly having fun at his expense…but he seemed like a decent guy and what matters isn’t his compsure while beinmg grilled by one of the best at it anyway. I just find it funny how many people jumped on a bandwagon lambasting him, evem calling him a repub….....pretty darn silly

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By Calder, July 21, 2006 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment
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Oh my, god. Did he know the tape was roling? How did such a dumass ever get elected? Liberals would be wise to start realising that the days of lefty journalist letting them say what they want and then edit it out are over, this is going to have consequenses. Clearly Mr. Colbert is’nt messing around, and he’s right, when will congress finally support the President?

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By buckheaddad, July 21, 2006 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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Stephen Colbert need not worry, NOR DOES the Congressman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The American Public loves getting screwed . . .witness their history.  They keep
getting F_ _ Ked, shake their heads, go back to Church, and then to the polls to vote the guys back into office.

(Don’t worry about what I say.  Take a look at what I do.)  Want some more of the same?  Vote me back into office.

buckheaddad

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By Lowell T. Rogers, July 21, 2006 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment
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Impeach this man and throw him in prison and forfeit all back pay while in congress

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By oc, July 21, 2006 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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For the comedy-inclined:

That was pure comic gold.  That interview is up there with the Bill Pascrell/Brad Shermann interviews.

For the politically oriented:

No one from any party is safe from ridicule.  That’s fair and balanced.

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By bigapopka, July 21, 2006 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment
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What a dumb ass!!! This is an example of why the Dem’s haven’t a clue of how to win in 2006.

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By Jeanne Norris, July 21, 2006 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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I see to the “left” of my screen…Culture of Hypocrisy! Wexler is right up there with hypocrite-in-chief GW!

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By Ed Botsko, July 21, 2006 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment
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I couldn’t believe Wexler last night. I am a big Colbert fan and an even bigger Wexler fan, but he should have known better than to fall into that political humor trap. Can’t blame Colbert for trying. Even Colbert looked surprised at Wexler’s responses.
I’m sure I’ll be seeing Mr. Wexler soon and will try to find out what he was thinking…

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By albiegf13, July 21, 2006 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment
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I watched that…  It was really funny…. The congressman is a good sport….

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By serene, July 21, 2006 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment
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This was a classic. My jaw dropped to the floor, but I was laughing too hard to pick it up!

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By PDC, July 21, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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That was, without a doubt, the lamest supposed “joke” interview I’ve ever seen. Is that what American politics has been reduced to now? Both interviewer and congressman looked pathetically and embarrassingly ridiculous. It was also boring.

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By Ginger Winchester, July 21, 2006 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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If you watched the interview, you would’ve seen that he kept jokingly pressuring the congressman - over and over - to repeat after him “I enjoy cocaine” and when he finally did it, it was hilarious - and Colbert congratulated him by saying “there’s no amount of damage control you can do at this point”.

Oh, and he also asked him to add “and hookers” when he repeated the statement.

It was frigging hilarious.

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By Edith Smith, July 21, 2006 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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I have been thinking the word Republican equals graft, greed, and arrogance.  Now I must add drug use to my list. 

EDS

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By ETSpoon, July 21, 2006 at 11:08 am Link to this comment
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It was funny last night. It is funny today.

Who cares?

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By Sharon, July 21, 2006 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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Stephen Colbert is a genius.  I also appreciated Congressman Wexler, who certainly has a great sense of humor for going along with the whole thing in the spirit with which he did it.  He was so funny; my son and I were both rolling with laughter!  Too bad he’s such a rare bird on Capitol Hill.  I’d certainly vote for him.

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By Tom, July 21, 2006 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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That was so funny.  It seems like a Congressman actually gest what Colbert’s show is about, it was great.

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By TechnoGirl, July 21, 2006 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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The utter lack of intelligence amongst many members of Congress can only be appreciated these days by watching either C-SPAN or The Colbert Report. 

Churchill said that “the people get the kind of government that they deserve” and considering the kind of religous zealot wingnuts that put Bush into office… well…

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By Stephen Johnson, July 21, 2006 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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I thought this was strange last night when I watched it and worried it would be picked up and put out as a real confession, which it was not.  Satire is effective for the more intelligent.  This leaves out most republicans.  This will be picked up by the Right wing blogs and put up as an example of why dems are bad, unrelated to this congressman.  Funny… yes.  Smart by Colbert…NO.  Is this going to be asked of all guests from this point forward?

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