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The Daily Show: July 29, 2008 - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 30th 2008 12:41PM
Rapper or Republican?Quick news: Alaska's Senator Ted Stevens has been indicted for corruption charges. I knew The Daily Show would use any opportunity to bring out that clip of Stevens screaming, "NO!" I've missed that anger in my life.

Barack Obama recently returned form his trip the Middle East. In the meantime, John McCain has been struggling in the States, dealing with the likes of Schmidt's Sausage Haus and the Dalai Lama. I thought we were done talking about straight guy awkwardness the previous night. McCain looked terribly uncomfortable while the Dalai Lama held his hand. Just look at his other hand, fiddling with his suit pocket. He was probably all sweaty palms and clenched teeth that afternoon.

Chief Political Analyst John Oliver taught us that McCain's struggle is actually part of his whole campaign strategy. Super-sneaky. He's just like the guy at the party who won't shut up about his recent break-up, looking for some pity-action. Well played, Senator, well played. By the way, nice suit, Mr. Oliver.

Senior Political Image Consultant Wyatt Cenac then stopped by to talk about the awesomeness of Rep. Virgil Goode's decision to screw sympathizing with the voters and to look totally pimp instead. Gas-guzzling Hummers on the 4th of July... For the win. To school Jon, Wyatt initiated a round of "Rappers or Republicans". Amazing. This segment was pretty hilarious, but the audience wasn't laughing as much as I thought they would. I guess the pacing was just a little bit off, leaving some awkward silences for the audience to titter politely. Had it been a little more fast-paced, it would've been perfect. Oh, and if you liked this, you may enjoy "Bush or Batman", which I actually found harder than Wyatt's game.

The night's guest was Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart. He talked about how people with common interests and beliefs tend to be drawn together and how this is now affecting our politics. We like the things we like, so we will vote for things that work with our lifestyle and media that reinforces our own beliefs. I thought this would have been pretty obvious to anyone that has had to deal with social life in school, right down to voting for prom decorations. Hopefully Mr. Bishop's book covers more than that.

Moment of Zen: A little snark from Barack Obama, eh? John McCain... is not amused. A-ha-a-ha-a-ha.

In other news, it looks like Samantha Bee and Jason Jones have had their baby! Baby Fletcher was born on June 20th. Congratulations to the mommy and daddy correspondents! When their first child, Piper, was born, her arrival was announced on the show and she even made a few appearances. I distinctly remember being horrified at the way Jason was holding her in a super-awkward, single-arm grip during a segment, only to learn that it's actually an extremely secure way to hold a baby. Who knew. Anyway, I'm surprised that it's taken this long for the news to surface. Jason has been on the show a few times since June 20th, but Samantha has been away for a while. Makes sense now.

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Actually, "Bush or Batman" is incredibly easy. If the quote is grammatically and syntactically correct, or uses advanced vocabulary (like "tarry"), it's Batman.

July 30 2008 at 3:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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