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The Daily Show: June 24, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 25th 2008 12:02PM
Jon Stewart"Indecision 2008": In an incredibly awkward blunder, one of John McCain's top advisers, Charlie Black, told Fortune magazine that another terrorist attack on America would be "a big advantage" to McCain. Also, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto apparently saved McCain's struggling campaign back in December. Dude. There is no way to fix the sense that your campaign thrives on death and destruction, apart from some panicked back-pedaling and angry refusal by the candidate himself. Jon Stewart broke down the situation in simple mathematic terms and -- Ahh, nevermind.

Barack Obama recently released his first national ad. Aided by some sweet all-American buzz words and soothing acoustic guitar in the background, he attempted to look just a little less elitist. Also, bravo to Jon for making Mad Cow Disease sound incredibly delicious. John McCain, on the other hand, tried to look less ancient, which is a damn near impossible task. For a few moments, I actually thought that McCain Cribs: Straight Talk Express segment was a TDS joke. Umm... It wasn't. Even the games on his website are super dated, although I probably would visit if he had some fetus Pong.

Man, that audience is easily impressed, clapping and cheering after that MoveOn.org ad. I guess Jon's tougher. "MoveOn.org: Ten years of making even people who agree with you cringe." Ahh, it's like the PETA of politics! There's also a Senate race going on in Texas. Why should we care? Because John Cornyn's ad is ridiculous. Does that actually work in Texas? Like, really? That's as if "Big Jew" ran in New York.

Hey, another fella with an accent. With Coldplay appearing Wednesday night, this is going to be some heavy UK goodness. On Thursday though, Ted Koppel's going to stop by and throw off the groove, but we can forgive him because he's Ted Koppel. This night's guest was James Harding, editor of The Times of London and author of Alpha Dogs: The Americans Who Turned Political Spin into a Global Business. You know it's going to be a good interview when the guest compares political consultants to those horrifying Croc shoes. Maybe I need to pay more attention to UK politics, but I was surprised that Gordon Brown won with "No Flash, Just Gordon." TDS would have torn. That. To. Pieces. Or maybe they would have loved it. It's too ridiculous to even imagine in American politics.

Moment of Zen: What. In. The. Hell. Tommy Lee teaching Larry King to work the drums? Larry King left the session with five as-of-yet unnamed venereal diseases and Tommy Lee magically aged twenty years.

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Go with the Flow

Yeah, I hadn't realised about that Flash...Gordon thing, but we kind of chuckled as it's the funniest thing about Brown in a dull year.

We had no choice - he was uncontested as new Labour leader so we got no vote as 'the people'. So we'll never know!

Ah, if only they could do TDS for a week from the UK...

Please come and see us. We promise to behave.

July 01 2008 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Texas ad song was based upon the song "Big Bad John" which was a #1 hit in 1961. Check Wikipedia.

June 28 2008 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Spencer Gardner

No, Jere, it wasn't.

June 25 2008 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Texas Senator commercial was a ripoff of the Simpsons' Canyonero ad.

June 25 2008 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can you change the time for this post? Chronologically it is coming before Monday's edition.

June 25 2008 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Oh, that was weird. Fixed.

June 25 2008 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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