Stephen Colbert might be the most talented satirist working in television today. He is painfully good at imitating Right-wing blowhard pundits, taking their methods and messages just a step or two further into absurdity. Occasionally his observations can be so pointed that we can experience a stunned moment of shock that he got away with it. Which might be the greatest gift that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have for us, they can use humor to speak blunt truths.
One such bluntly truthful analysis was aired by Colbert recently in the guise of giving MSNBC news personality Mika Brzezinski some encouragement in the face of Sarah Palin doggedly injecting herself into the news again. This is one of the best rants about Palin I've ever witnessed.
Mika Brzezinski Experiences Palin Fatigue - The Colbert Report - 1/18/11
Here is the transcript of Colbert's rant:
Mika, you need to buck up. I know you think this story has no purpose other than keeping Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle. I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed with words picked up at random from a thesaurus. I know you think Sarah Palin is at best a self-promoting ignoramus and at worst a shameless media troll who will abuse any platform to deliver dog-whistle encouragement to a far right base that may include possible insurrectionists. I know you think her reality show was pathetically unstatesmanlike, and at the same time I know you believe it also represents the pinnacle of her potential and that her transparent, transparent desperation to be a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago that there would be more journalistic integrity on reporting on one of the lesser Kardashian’s ass implants. I know, I know that when you arrive at the office each day you say a silent prayer that maybe, just maybe Sarah Palin will at long last shut up for ten f@#king minutes. I know because I can see it in your eyes. Well guess what, Mika. That’s the gig. And it’s only January of 2011, kiddo. And you have a minimum of 2 more years of this ahead of you. You want to stay in this game? You dig deep. You find another gear. You show up to work every day, get your hair and makeup done, you slap on a smile, get out there on TV and repeat what Sarah Palin said on Hannity last night right into the lens. You know – news. I have faith in you kid. You can do it! I’ll see you in New Hampshire … I’ll buy.