Gerry Canavan

the smartest kid on earth

Tuesday Politics Minute

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GOP governors bailing on the war on unions. With good reason. Related: GOP Governors Shift Burden To Poor, Middle Class To Pay For Tax Breaks For Rich, Corporations.

* Digby vs. Jon Stewart. It’s no contest.

Calls for”civility”are usually just a way to shut people up and sadly, I’m fairly sure that the only people who listen to Stewart are liberals who are getting the idea that it’s wrong to get in the streets or call out the other side in rough language. Conservatives just think he’s a useful idiot. I find this attitude very perplexing coming from a comedian, especially one who commonly does things which could be perceived as unfair, silly and undignified. 

This is why Colbert’s satire is so much more effective and, frankly, much braver. His satire is firmly aimed at the right, so he cannot take both sides. That’s why it works — it takes a position. By contrast, I’m increasingly not finding Jon’s church-lady finger wagging all that funny, much less cool, and I fast forward though his opening segments more often than not. If I wanted a nightly lecture on proper behavior I’d consult Miss Manners or go to church.

* And we warned you: here comes the shutdown.

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