Hare to be on Colbert's "Better Know a District"? Here's a taste of what he can expect
Some recent commenters have reported with a great deal of pride that newly elected 17th District congressman Phil Hare is to appear on the Comedy Channel program "The Colbert Report". Host Stephen Colbert does a "424 part series" called "Better Know a District" on which Hare is reported to appear.
Colbert explained the feature in the intro to one piece thusly.
Congressional representitives are shy, elusive creatures with brief 2-year terms that keep them in constant competition in today's vote starved environment. To better understand these fruit flies of the political world, we must study them in their natural habitat; the district.During the segment, Colbert takes facts about the district and it's towns and lampoons the area and then makes congress members look like idiots, buffoons, bigots, drug users, and/or fools. It's very rare, if ever, that a politician emerges looking better than when they went in.
I absolutely love the Colbert Report and his alter-ego as a bombastic hyper-egotistical right wing blow-hard. Colbert channels Bill O'Reilly and the general crazy logic and attitude of the worst right wing TV gasbags and shows how hilarious it really is.
The "Better Know a District" feature is always hilarious, but if I were a politician, especially Phil Hare, I'd stay a million miles away.
But nevertheless, these commenters seem to think this is quite the coup for Hare and that it will somehow help the area. Just how is anyone's guess.
And of course, it could all be a bunch of hogwash. We'll see.
But in case there's anything to it, here's a couple "Better Know a District" segments to give the unfamiliar a sample of how it works.
To start off, here's a clip I've featured before. Note how smart this representitive comes across.
And of course, Colbert gets Wexler to say that doing cocaine and using prostitutes is a fun thing to do.
Also of interest, Colbert actually gave the commencement address at Galesburg's Knox College and got an honorary doctorate. He mentions it on his show here.
If I had know before now, I would have definitely attended. You can watch the actual address here. (It's in three parts)