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Mourning Their Idiot: Liberals Are Seriously Exaggerating the Loss of Colbert 'The Character'
Newsbusters ^ | April 15, 2014 | 07:12 | Tim Graham

Posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT by Dave346

One of the tender mercies of Stephen Colbert's ascension to the "Late Show" set at CBS is his shedding of the faux-conservative "high-status idiot" character. To conservatives, this "Colbert" has never seemed authentic or sustained cleverness -- how many times can you say you don't read or even like books? It mostly marks the deep ruts of liberal arrogance in their own mental superiority. Colbert has perpetually had trouble staying inside this character, always winking at and mocking it more than inhabiting it.

To liberals, abandoning this thin charade is far too much sincerity for an ironic age. They love their idiot conservative, and aren't dealing well with its departure. Hendrik Hertzberg at The New Yorker, a former Carter speechwriter and Newsweek reporter, is putting on a black armband in mourning. He sincerely believes "The Character" is a "miraculous and unparalleled intellectual and political achievement." Break out the smelling salts:

"For eight years—for every minute of every half-hour of every edition of “The Colbert Report”—“Stephen Colbert” has been the exuberantly prim, indefatigably dim, supremely confident faux-conservative pundit who, brandishing a rippling, man-size American flag, has swooped thrillingly down at us four nights a week. Soon he will be gone. And we, his fans, will be bereft, deprived of the consolations he offers us for, among other afflictions, the existence of Fox News....

If Colbert’s interviews—meta-interviews, really—tend to be a little edgier, a little more unpredictable, than either Stewart’s or Letterman’s, one can’t help assuming that it’s because they are conducted by The Character, not the everyday husband and father. What will happen when the interviewer is Stephen Colbert, not “Stephen Colbert”? If an E! Online compilation of Colbert-as-Colbert is any guide, he’ll be charming, intelligent, and amusing. But the hint of lethality, if not altogether gone, is likely to be attenuated. The Character hasn’t had to worry about being likeable, any more than Elmer Fudd did. He’s been free to go places that an actual person can’t. The Character’s very one-dimensionality has given his interviews an interestingly three-dimensional quality....

Stewart will now have to soldier on alone. The immediate loss is for liberals, for whom “Stephen Colbert” has played a unique role as a fifth column. The Character has been a miraculous and unparalleled intellectual and political achievement, sustained for a very long time at a very high level. But if the intelligence, discipline, and hard work that Colbert invested in The Character can be brought to bear on revitalizing the variety show, then the polity’s loss may turn out to be the culture’s gain. If Colbert can truly reinvent the genre, if he has the freedom and the inclination to blow it up and build on the rubble, then perhaps The Character will not have died in vain. For the moment, though, excuse me while I put on my black armband."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: fake; false; faux; joke

1 posted on 04/15/2014 8:36:57 AM PDT by Dave346
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To: Dave346

They’ll still have Ted Baxter, five nights a week.


2 posted on 04/15/2014 8:38:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Dave346

Colbert has been sticking his thumb in the eye of half the country for a decade. Pardon me if I don’t give a damn about him now.


3 posted on 04/15/2014 8:41:09 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slavee)
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To: Dave346

I named the character Mr Strawman.


4 posted on 04/15/2014 8:46:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Dave346

He’s done - committed suicide

The fake Colbert was starting to wear thin, and few will watch him out of character in Letterman’s time slot


5 posted on 04/15/2014 8:51:07 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Dave346
I remember when some character on The West Wing (never saw the show) died, some Congressman wanted to either have a moment of silence or shut down for the day, in memory of this fictitious person.

These people are INSANE.

6 posted on 04/15/2014 8:51:11 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Dave346

Interesting that liberals go into paroxysms of bereavement over a fictional character, yet can’t spare a tear for 60 Million Preborn Americans who are murdered before drawing their first breath.

Just sayin.


7 posted on 04/15/2014 8:52:05 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Colbert was always a “faux-Conservative”, or perhaps also a “foe-conservative”, much like Archie Bunker was for an earlier generation. A straw man set up for ridicule and for being burned in effigy when convenient, mouthing all the worst kind of slurs and what liberals prefer to believe are axioms of conservatives. Making a mockery of others is supposed to signify some kind of sophistication.

Sort of “funny”, but not necessarily in a humorous way.


8 posted on 04/15/2014 8:52:06 AM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Dave346

I thought Colbert as “The Conservative” was funny, and showed the idiocy of what liberals thought conservatives were far more frequently than it actually mocked conservatives

Its like a white man trying to mock a black man by sitting down with a pile of watermelon in front of him all the time. It just shows their mindless conception of the stereotype more than anything else.


9 posted on 04/15/2014 9:05:31 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: alloysteel

I like the Archie Bunker comparison.

There are others out there - Jane Lynch’s character on Glee is obnoxious, scheming, etc....and the only one that leans conservative in her role - mostly fiscally conservative.

I’m sure there will always be a straw man bogeyman out there in TV land, to make us forget the Rats are the true party of racism and closed mindedness.


10 posted on 04/15/2014 9:12:22 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: left that other site

Reminds me of a lefty loon at the office.

He nearly shed tears when the dog on Family Guy got killed off.


11 posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: PGR88
The fake Colbert was starting to wear thin, and few will watch him out of character in Letterman’s time slot.

Agreed. Prediction: fail.

12 posted on 04/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: lacrew

Oh My...that IS sad! LOL!


13 posted on 04/15/2014 9:14:03 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Dave346

Why do so many people over-analyze what is a plain and simple jackass?


14 posted on 04/15/2014 9:14:50 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Dave346

Liberals can ponder their own armpit odor.


15 posted on 04/15/2014 9:16:31 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Mr. K

I never thought of it that way...and if you are correct, he is mocking his audience, because the majority of them don’t get the joke.

The people I know that watch him think he’s hilarious...because he is mocking conservatives.


16 posted on 04/15/2014 9:17:59 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Puppage

These are the same people who got angry that Dan Quayle was criticizing Murphy Brown....and somehow morphed it into a common notion that Quayle was the one who thought Brown was a real person.


17 posted on 04/15/2014 9:19:27 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: left that other site

Nobody could stand to be around him that day - he was so angry and short tempered. Now if one of the company owners has a stroke or breaks a leg, he doesn’t care....because rich people deserve a little adversity in their lives.

But don’t dare mess with his cartoon dog.


18 posted on 04/15/2014 9:21:50 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: lacrew

Oh my LORD. That is not only sad but sick.

But, then again, when I was a little kid, I found myself rooting for Frankenstein, Godzilla, and Moby Dick! LOL. I was sad when they were killed. Moby, of course won that round and swam into the sunset! Huzzah!

Remember...i was just a little kid at the time. hahaha


19 posted on 04/15/2014 9:25:22 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Dave346

He’ll flop . . big time


20 posted on 04/15/2014 9:29:16 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Hey 2008, we told you so)
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To: Dave346

Colbert the Joe Biden of comedy.


21 posted on 04/15/2014 9:29:52 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: PGR88
The fake Colbert was starting to wear thin, and few will watch him out of character in Letterman’s time slot.

Hard to believe they hired a guy based on one character that he plays. To me the "fake Colbert" was never more than what I'd call "skit humor". His character might have been funny in small doses, like a SNL character in skits such as "Wayne's World" or the "Church Lady", or like Red Skelton's various characters. But these sorts of characters are not funny IMO outside of the normal skit time frame.

22 posted on 04/15/2014 9:31:20 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Dave346

It is considered poor taste to mock a group one is not a part of. Colbert is a liberal, so it s rude for him to play a conservative, unlike, say Jeff Foxworthy and his band of redneck comics. Liberals, who have no class, don’t know the difference.


23 posted on 04/15/2014 9:32:34 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Dave346

There are two kinds of satire, which I’ll call real satire and faux satire.

Real satire takes on the ideals and pretensions of its audiences, puncturing them and showing them up.

Faux satire is a lot more like a group of junior high girls mocking an outsider. “Let’s all show how clever and wonderful we are because we’re not like her!”

It’s self-congratulation and (worse) flattery of the audience as commentary and comedy. I think I’ve handled possibly an hour altogether, in several attempts, of Colbert before having to change the channel in disgust.

I assume the author of this essay is correct about the intellectual effort needed to maintain this pose over such a long period.

Now what could have been REALLY funny would be if Colbert had played two characters: one liberal and the other conservative, on alternate nights. Which could have been true satire.

But that would have defeated the primary charm of the show for its audience, self-congratulation.


24 posted on 04/15/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Dave346
Look he been the equivalent of a white guy in black face performaning for a clan rally...

His thing is playing a straw-man fool ..a right wing piñata for cheap and easy low brow entertainment for the left.

Archie Bunker was better and the classic example that had legs...but that was because it become boorish unless you start being honest in how you write for your straw man and then he quits being your straw man

but either way its still a one trick bit that I don't see how it translate to a talk show.

Really if your ego need your straw-man as your primary entertainment ever night its the intellectual equivalent of marriage to your blow up love doll

Not that the left cares our opinion but Jon Stewart would of been a better tool for them..

25 posted on 04/15/2014 10:26:07 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Dave346

how many times can you say you don’t read or even like books? It mostly marks the deep ruts of liberal arrogance in their own mental superiority.


Where do they even get their prejudiced stereotypes?? Put a right wing political tome up against a liberal one and only one will become a best seller — not the lefty.


26 posted on 04/15/2014 10:29:42 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Dave346

Holy crap. He was no better than the steppin fetchit crude stereotypes of blacks in early years of film. The only people stupid enough to enjoy him were insensitive mocking liberals who thought his stereotypes were actually funny. Comedy Central fans, newsflash: blacks did not think all those depictions of them as stupid, lazy, and eating watermelons were very funny either. That’s all Colbert did to fellow humans who happen to have different political orientations than yourselves. You so tolerant people, you.


27 posted on 04/15/2014 10:34:58 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: tophat9000; Mr. K

The three of us hit the nail on the head. We all paralleled early racist acts. Colbert’s act was indeed a prejudiced blackface act, trying to humiliate someone of a different “orientation.” Political, this time.

The funniest ethnic jokes are performed BY THE ETHNICITY. We all love to laugh at ourselves and our foibles.

IT IS CRUDE AND BULLYING TO MOCK OTHER GROUPS. It’s not humor, it’s (said by someone prior in this thread) self congratulation. See how we are better than THEY ARE??


28 posted on 04/15/2014 10:44:01 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Dave346

That’s a lot of praise for some clown who got rich satirizing Bill O’Reilly. Not exactly a hard target to spoof. Doesn’t take much to impress lefties.


29 posted on 04/15/2014 10:48:27 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Yaelle
Funny how the left obsess about reading books..strange statement on my part but let me explain.

I have a saying:
“Reading is food for the mind, thinking is exercise for the mind”
The this is if you eat/ read everything with out the exercise/thinking you effectively become mental obese. .a fat head

You have to tread your reading just like food..it can have facts that have nutrition, and it can be junk that is unhealthy... (I like to read the footnotes like a list of ingredients)

But either way mass consumption does not make you intelligent or strong.
Its the muscle building /thinking that does

Einstein is not famous for his intelligent because he READ about the theory of relativity...it fact he effectively rejected a large quantity of what was written at the time..so you could say his path to effective intelligence was in part because he did not just read and accept everything his peers suggested

30 posted on 04/15/2014 11:15:46 AM PDT by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Dave346; All

The article is somewhat misleading. The author gives the impression that this feeling is widespread among liberals but then gives only ONE example.


31 posted on 04/15/2014 2:31:25 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Puppage

Remember, these are the same idiots than believe Sarah Palin said “I can see Russia from my porch”.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 2:35:02 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: lacrew

I bet she got mad before she saw “Titanic” and someone told her the ship sinks.


33 posted on 04/15/2014 2:36:00 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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