Stephen Colbert: Shot, or Poisoned?

January 26, 2016

We’re getting closer to the moment when Republican voters will choose which climate denier to run for the Presidency – and the best analysis I’ve seen of the process is this one from Stephen Colbert.

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13 Responses to “Stephen Colbert: Shot, or Poisoned?”


  1. A part of me hopes Trump does win the primary, because it will guarantee the Republicans don’t win office. On the other hand, that’s too risky for my blood. What if he DID get elected?

    Stephen Colbert is a national treasure! 🙂

    • skeptictmac57 Says:

      Well, if Colbert is right about Trump not really wanting to win, then if he actually did, he could just fire himself.


  2. There is a Washington Post article from December that argues Trump’s outrageousness is part of a deliberate strategy to keep himself in the spotlight. If you aren’t in the spotlight people aren’t talking about you and you might as well not be running. But if they are talking about you then you have name recognition – which helps Trump perform in the polls, and given his own press, makes him a “Teflon Don”. (Apologies to John.)

    Please see:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/its-not-chaos-its-trumps-campaign-strategy/2015/12/09/9005a5be-9d68-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html


  3. Of course, if you are going to be a good Trump supporter it helps to be an older white male who feels entitled due to race, sex and country of birth, but are poorly educated, seeing diminished opportunities and have a substance abuse problem.

    Please see:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/page/ct-donald-trump-white-male-voters-page-perspec-20151110-column.html

  4. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Brilliant sketch!

    The right wing noise machines only have themselves to blame for over-propagandizing and scaring the crap out of their base, resulting in an entire class of paranoid nutcases afraid of imaginary threats and unable to recognize real ones.

    The orange clown vacuumed up every toxic sentiment in America and vomited it out over his acolytes to thunderous applause, while the rest of the world looks on in bewildered horror.

    If he did get into office, any walls he builds would be to keep people *in*!

  5. uknowiss Says:

    I have been sitting back in my country watching how this is all unfolding for 12 months now. At first I watched with bemused bewilderment but now I watch with a hint of terror and complete incredulity that either of these strange people could potentially be the next US president. I mean seriously, what the fuck is wrong with your country? I cringed when Tony Abbott and his clowns were elected here in Australia but he doesn’t even come close to the nuttiness of these two. From here in the comfort of my own home on the other side of the world it is like watching a super slow motion train wreck. I and most of the world who recognise the role that the USA must play in fighting climate change can only hope that Colbert is correct and the GOP will lose big, either way.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Whoa, mate! You ask “What the fuck is wrong with OUR country?” A good response to that is “What the fuck is wrong with YOUR country?” We in the US managed to get rid of that moron W, install a Democrat, and at least try to have some “hope and change”while you and the rest of the main English-speaking countries were electing Harper, Cameron, and Abbott. Abbott, the one who wants to dig a channel through the Great Barrier Reef so that you can export your coal more easily. You “recognise the role that the USA must play in fighting climate change”, you say? What role does AUS have? Don’t see much happening down under, so maybe you need to tend to your own knitting rather than point fingers. AUS record on emissions and “fighting climate change” is shameful.

      http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/new-report-reveals-that-australia-is-among-the-worst-emitters-in-the-world

      I have been watching this all “unfold” for 35+ years now. It began with Reagan and Thatcher and the rise of runaway capitalism, and it has been one continuous “slow speed train wreck” for all that time. The problem lies in the defective nature of human beings and “modern society”, and we’re all in it together. It’s not being shot or poisoned that worries me—-it’s being smothered by conservative horseshit that’s the big danger, and if that happens in the US and we drag the whole world down with us, maybe we all deserve it.

      • uknowiss Says:

        I cannot disagree with any of what you said. Don’t forget, you and I are on the same side.

        I have been active for many years trying to educate the ignorant morons in my country and have despaired at our allegedly left wing Labor Party giving in to big business and the mining industry. It disillusions me to the point of nausea. Even our only true left party the Greens have done dodgy deals with the “conservatives” and it leaves me scratching my head but Donald Trump? Really? Like it or not he is the epitome of Right Wing nutjobbery and by far crazier than Abbott who was, I thought, the craziest by a long margin. In the end, all I can truly hope for is some sort of global epiphany and ALL right wing loons are seen for what they are. Yes, Australia has a massive role in dealing with climate change given our export market, and I will continue to fight that, but the USA is rightfully or wrongfully, where EVERYBODY looks for any sort of global action on anything. All that aside, my comment wasn’t meant to be a critique of the USA exclusively and I am confident that common sense will prevail, but more an expression of relief that we in Australia aren’t POTENTIALLY the craziest bunch of dickheads on this planet.

    • skeptictmac57 Says:

      Keep in mind that neither of these two candidates are favored by a majority of U.S. citizens. There is a large contingent of us that are just as bewildered by this development as the rest of the world.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Also keep in mind the theory put forth by some conspiracy thinkers on the left. That the real aim of the right wing—-the Kochs, the plutocracy, and the corporatocracy—-is not to win the presidency but to take over the Congress, the state legislatures, and governorships.

        Getting the base all in a froth will help achieve that goal, and they don’t much care if a Democrat takes the White House—-they managed to immobilize Obama, and they figure they can do it again with the next Dem president while destroying the country from the ground up.

        It’s bread and (clown) circus time in the declining empire, and the Repugnant primary is just a smokescreen for the real game.

        • skeptictmac57 Says:

          Until we can (if we can) get the poisonous influence of the ultra wealthy out of the political process, we will never have fair elections and true representation of the voters.

      • uknowiss Says:

        I hope so


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