Stewart Spars With Bennett Over Gay Marriage
Posted on Jun 7, 2006
The “Daily Show” host revealed conservative author Bill Bennett as being intellectually bankrupt in his opposition to gay marriage. (Satisfying: Bennett acknowledged that his side has lost the debate.)
Crooks and Liars:
I shouldn’t be surprised anymore when I see Jon Stewart take a conservative ideologue to the woodshed because he does it every time he tries. Bill Bennett is the latest one to get played by Stewart. The topic is gay marriage and once again Jon gets the better of a conservative pundit.
Stewart: So why not encourage gay people to join in in that family arrangement if that is what provides stability to a society?
Bennett: Well I think if gay..gay people are already members of families…
Stewart: What? (almost spitting out his drink)
Bennett: They’re sons and they’re daughters..
Stewart: So that’s where the buck stops, that’s the gay ceiling.
Bennett: Look, it’s a debate about whether you think marriage is between a man and a women.
Stewart: I disagree, I think it’s a debate about whether you think gay people are part of the human condition or just a random fetish.
Wasn’t that a basic yet perfectly thought out idea? It goes downhill for Bennett from there.
I think for most of us-we’re so used to these right wing talking heads debating against lame duck liberals on television that always get bull dozed by personalities such as Bennett; we are then amazed how effortlessly Stewart handles these guys. Jon always boils the debate down to it’s simplest form which usually causes people like Bennett to look foolish. It doesn’t say much for the class of pundits representing Democratic values when Stewart so easily defeats them.