March 16, 2007

Some screen shots from Hare's "Better Know a District" appearance

A few stills from Phil Hare's appearance on The Colbert Report's "435 part series, Better Know a District".

Comedy Central now has the clip of this segment available for viewing here.
(Note: Due to the source who sent it in, I mistakenly thought the above link was to a clip on the Hare website posted by Hare staff. It's not. It's to the Colbert Report website. Sorry for the error.)

Intro graphic for the segment showing the freakish boundaries of the 17th District.

Decatur's official motto is, "We Like It Here."

"Which narrowly beat out....."

This is okay.

It'll do.


Who am I kidding? Get me the hell out of here before I kill myself.

Colbert listed the five cities that make up the Quad Cities, then paused and counted on his fingers, leading one to assume he was pondering the eternal question: Why is an area consisting of five cities referred to as the Quad Cities?, then said, "That doesn't make any sense! Why would anyone name a town "Bettendorf"?"

"Nothing runs like a Deere, until it gets run over by a tractor."

Hare shakes hands with Colbert to begin the interview.

Colbert asks, "Is Phil Hare your real name, because it sounds made up, like Phil McCrackin or something.

Hare reacts.

Note: If anyone from the Hare office is interested in more stills from the segment, get in touch.


At 3/16/2007 6:13 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I watched the show and Phil Hare represented us all quite well!

At 3/16/2007 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hare appears that he is getting used to eating out. My goodness he could hit the salad bar every now and then.

At 3/16/2007 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I though you said that Congressman Evans' guy wasn't going to be on the show? Now that Lane has got Phil on the show what do you have to say for yourself?

Phil did real good. He showed Colbert isn't funny and is kinda stupid.

After watching this crap, i can't imagine what kind of person finds it funny?

At 3/16/2007 12:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Once again, moron, and I use that term correctly because you've written in this nonsense about a dozen times in the past screaming that I'd said Hare would never appear on Colbert, and I've replied at length already explaining that I've never said any such thing at any time.

That's what I have to say for myself, the same thing you apparently can't comprehend. You're wrong and a moron who insists on making stuff up even when proven wrong repeatedly.

Once again, if you have some weird need to attack me for something, at least make it something real, not something you invent out of thin air.

And I don't doubt that most humor goes right over your head. Pity.

I suppect Marmaduke or Nancy is more your speed.

At 3/16/2007 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that this show is not funny in the slightest. When people didn't know it was a put on it was funny but not anymore.
Has anyone else realized that Captain Kangaroo is our Congressman

At 3/16/2007 1:28 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, better stick to "America's Funniest Home Videos".

I'm sure Colbert isn't everyone's cup of tea, but perhaps if you watched more than one episode you'd get a better appreciation for it.

But of course, you have to have the capacity to absorb very quick humor that is often intellectual and uses references that maybe you don't get.

You also have to realize that Colbert is satirizing the entire right wing/Bill O'Reilly style of ego-centric often ridiculous talk show host.

I never miss it and think it's one of the most clever, funny, and pertinent shows on TV

At 3/16/2007 3:17 PM, Anonymous HiFi said...

Dope, I'll never understand how such an intelligent and thoughtful blog gets such consistent traffic from people whose most insightful political criticism is to call Phil fat. You’d think these geniuses would find a nice third-grade reading level blog for their special (ed) brand of commentary.

At 3/16/2007 3:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I agree. I think it's laziness. Just go for the easiest target.
Not as much work as finding something more legit to criticize.

At 3/16/2007 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez Dope do you ever gag when you get to the hairy root?

At 3/16/2007 4:18 PM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

Dope, while not a great fan (so far) of Phil Hare, I think he did a very good job on Colbert.

Colbert did bring out two things (noted by you)... the weirdness of the district and the weirdness of the QUAD Cities being made of of FIVE cities. That one's been a gripe of mine for years. I've had people from the east coast ask me if we can't count.

Phil did good and stood his ground. He represented us well.

At 3/16/2007 7:08 PM, Blogger George said...

You know, the problem with Phil was how he got the position. It smacked of inner-party favortism and dirty deals.

I hope, for the sake of the Q-Cities that the guy produces and becomes a strong leader in a DEMO held leadership.

I have been told by folks close to this, that Phil is a hell of a lot better then Lane. I can't judge, but the few times I meet Lane, I was never impressed.

So from a republican view-point, I saw the show and thought Phil did a decent job. Any politican that goes on the show, realizes they will look somewhat sophmoric.

My real concern, is what Congressman Hare will do for the Quad Cities, The Arsenal and Country At Large.

It's just too soon to tell...

But at least the guy is human enough to laugh at himself!!!

And why is it, someone would name their town "Bettendorf"....

Have a great day - George

At 3/17/2007 2:26 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well BH, like they say, in the "Quad" Cities, even the river runs the wrong way.

At 3/17/2007 2:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 4:11

Your read a post about the appearance of a congressman on a comedy show and ... your thoughts turn to..... that?

I think you're a conflicted.

Perhaps this site will help.

And hope you find help with your gagging problem.

At 3/17/2007 3:39 PM, Blogger Robbie C. said...

Was out of town since before the show aired. Watched it when I got back today and enjoyed the segment. Sure Hare got mixed up a bit and they edited it to make him sound silly, but thats what they are good at. At least he didnt look like a moron. I think it will help his image with us younger folks.

At 3/17/2007 5:24 PM, Blogger Levois said...

Hey I got one more for you. From Decatur, Georgia. Decatur where it's greater. LOL!!!

At 3/18/2007 2:16 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

I thought he did well. The things that tripped him up were obviously things that had no right answer, as opposed to the guy who showed his hypocrisy on the simple question about the 10 commandments.

When he started the underground railroad thing, I honestly didn't see it coming that he'd tie that back into Iraq's civil war. As usual, kind of awkward to watch though.

At 3/18/2007 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that young people have had the chance to see Phil and get to know him as we do, they will flock to him. This FACT combined with strong party support from Obama, Evans, Jacobs, Verschoore and Gianulis makes Congressman Hare unbeatable in the pending Democrat Primary. Shweibert, nor mellon, stand a chance now that Lane got Phil on the Bob Colbert Show!

At 3/18/2007 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mike, for your stupid two cents as usual.

At 3/18/2007 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you try and implicate Boland at every turn anon 3/18/2007 10:06 PM. I was suprised to find out that Hare is from Galesburg.

At 3/19/2007 9:32 PM, Anonymous Healthcareforall said...

There was a time in America where it was OK to smoke; it was even the thing to do. Now every paper in the country is trying to get pictures of Obama smoking.

Smoking is a serious problem and causes terrible diseases and is rightfully looked down upon.

Now to say that it is OK for Hare to be morbidly obese is ridiculous. With childhood obesity on the rise and diabetes becoming an epidemic this will become as out of vogue as smoking in no time. Obesity like smoking is causing our healthcare system to be overburdened.

Phil Hare is looked up to by our youth and he needs to get control of his life for his health, our children’s health, and the health of our healthcare system.

To scoff at this important healthcare issue shows the ignorance of Hyfi and The Dope.

I await your response on this important issue.

At 3/19/2007 11:59 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

My response?

Being in shape is better than being out of shape.

Beyond that... Yeah, Hare could stand to lighten up. But then again, so could you on this subject.

I mean, I'm not sure the mere sight of an overweight person is going to induce a child to suddenly desire to be overweight themselves.

I don't think they should enact smoking bans either.

But then again, there's no such thing as "second-hand fatness", at least to my knowledge.

At 3/20/2007 8:05 AM, Anonymous Healthcareforall said...

Dope, there is however society having to pay for the heart attacks and the diabetes and numerous other diseases that come with being morbidly obese. We the people are paying for these people's illnesses and our children will be burdened with the nursing home cost of these people that choose to live however they chose.

Knowing all that we know about these self inflicted diseases caused from obesity and smoking there is no excuse for our children to pay for the gluttony of others.

Maybe Hare could pass a bill where smokers and the morbidly obese that choose self-destructive behavior would be excluded from the healthcare system if they continue to squander their health and our money.

Address the costs of these issues rather that a stinking chair at the library. These are true burdens to society.

At 3/20/2007 9:43 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

squandering thousands of dollars in public money is much more immediate, and much more concrete than trying to legislate human behavior.

The entire idea is a pile of B.S., as you can't continue down the road of dictating what people can and can not do and in essense punishing and discriminating against people who like to eat fried foods or live near high polluting corporate plants or high power lines or ... it's endless.

It's a futile and unfair pursuit in the first place, and I for one wouldn't waste a minute trying to investigate it or write about it.

If you want to do a piece on it, be my guest. You seem very concerned. Instead of trying to tell me what I should write about, do it yourself and I'll post it.

I have no interest in the issue.

How's that?

At 3/20/2007 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hare interview was repeated at 7:30 last night on the Colbert Report. I thought it was great. The people who don't appreciate Colbert are probably the same folks who didn't "get" Saturday Night Live in the 70's.

At 3/27/2007 5:23 PM, Anonymous healthcareforall said...

Dope, Do you know the cost of that stupid chair that you always rail against?

Do you know the cost of a heart attack?

There is no more immediate cost for society than our health care system.

If as you want free health care for all then we need to change the human behavior of the obese, drinkers, smokers, and those that don't exercise. It is not OK to be morbidly obese.

You make no sence in saying that the immediate nature of these stupid chairs trumps the immediacy of heart failure.

At 3/27/2007 8:23 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I take your point. Yes, health care is more important than the overblown cost of library chairs.

But my point was that excessive spending of public money tends to be more immediate to people than railing against a huge portion of the population who is overweight.

And the idea that government could somehow amend the eating habits of tens of millions of people who supposedly still have some shreds of personal liberty and self-determination left, strikes me as a bit far-fetched and a bit too Big Brother-ish personally.


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