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Colbert Sits In for Dowd

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Posted on Oct 15, 2007
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In his NYT essay, Colbert declared both Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani to be “legitimately scary.”

For those who missed Stephen Colbert’s first foray into Op-Ed writing for The New York Times, here’s his valiant attempt on Sunday to handicap the lineup of ‘08 presidential hopefuls, including this gem about actor-lawyer-candidate Fred Thompson:  ” ‘Law & Order’ never sufficiently explained why the Manhattan D.A. had an accent like an Appalachian catfish wrestler.”  True enough.


The New York Times:

Look at the moral guidance I offer. On faith: “After Jesus was born, the Old Testament basically became a way for Bible publishers to keep their word count up.” On gender: “The sooner we accept the basic differences between men and women, the sooner we can stop arguing about it and start having sex.” On race: “While skin and race are often synonymous, skin cleansing is good, race cleansing is bad.” On the elderly: “They look like lizards.”

Our nation is at a Fork in the Road. Some say we should go Left; some say go Right. I say, “Doesn’t this thing have a reverse gear?” Let’s back this country up to a time before there were forks in the road—or even roads. Or forks, for that matter. I want to return to a simpler America where we ate our meat off the end of a sharpened stick.

Let me regurgitate: I know why you want me to run, and I hear your clamor. I share Americans’ nostalgia for an era when you not only could tell a man by the cut of his jib, but the jib industry hadn’t yet fled to Guangdong. And I don’t intend to tease you for weeks the way Newt Gingrich did, saying that if his supporters raised $30 million, he would run for president. I would run for 15 million. Cash.

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