In his Democalypse 2014 segment this Wednesday, Jon Stewart skewered not only the candidates, but the apathy of the voting public in this country in a hilarious piece called Senate Control: The Race to get Filibustered.
He began by mocking those who dismiss mid-term elections as less important than presidential elections:
“There might be a tendency to dismiss them, to ignore them, to think them insignificant, to stand outside of mid-term polling stations shouting, in a mainly sarcastic tone, ‘oooh, look at all the voting mcvotingtons! Oooh, how’s the voting going votey?”
Next, Stewart used campaign ads from three Democratic Senate candidates mocking them for their silliness and noting how similar they are to their Republican opponents.
Alison Lundergan Grimes who is in a close race with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has a new ad in which she tells us that she disagrees with the president on guns and environmental issues while cradling a shotgun in her arm. She then demonstrates for McConnell the “proper” way to hold a gun.
“I could see that McConnell’s weapon holding form would be an issue if senators were our first line of defense against ISIS,” Stewart quipped. “But last I checked their main job responsibilities were raising money for themselves and preventing laws from being enacted.”
He went on to mock ads from Democratic incumbent Mark Begich of Alaska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. In his ad, Begich rides a snowmobile as he touts the wisdom of “drill, baby, drill,” while Landrieu helps a co-ed do a kegstand at a tailgate party before a football game.
Stewart noted that in Washington D.C. there is very little need for snow machine riding skills because they tend to get around with “road machines.”
Jon used the questionable wisdom of the Landrieu ad to segue into a visit from aliens, in the person of Samantha Bee, to get their take on our political campaigns. After “beaming” into the guest’s chair at Stewart’s desk, Bee introduced herself as Zorban 37 and laughed at the primitive political ads of our species saying that on her planet “campaign ads are far more advanced. It’s really no wonder we conquer your planet in February.”
Watch the segment from Comedy Central below.