No one serves as better proof of the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” than Senator John McCain (R-AZ). No matter how many times the man is proven wrong, he goes right on answering questions regardless of whether or not he actually knows the answer.
Of course McCain supplied the requisite “No,” going on to say:
“He’s a late night comic. When he says things that are absolutely wrong he gets away with it.”
He should have known, having been already in office for 11 years when Stewart took over hosting duties at The Daily Show, that when one throws down the gauntlet in front of Jon Stewart, he will always pick it up and accept your challenge, often issuing a challenge of his own in reply.
Before showing McCains response, Stewart replied to Kurtz himself:
“I believe I can field this one — Jon Stewart of the Jon Stewart Picayune. Is Jon Stewart fair to Republicans? Does the Pope ____ in the woods? Because if I’m not, not only am I not fair to Republicans, I think a bear wearing a hat gave me communion.”
As the audience expressed their displeasure at the claim that Jon “gets away” with being wrong because he is a late night comic, Stewart admonished them, “No, he’s right. Those late night comics do get away with mistake after mistake. Some with catastrophic consequence, and yet somehow the viewers continue to elect — to watch.”
And then Jon issued his challenge to the honorable gentleman from Arizona:
“Look, I’ll give you this McCain, I’ve been wrong, I’ve done some bad things pronounced sanguine “sangween,” helped Hugh Grant promote “Did You Hear About the Morgans” but I would be willing to bet, McCain that if we went wrongo y wrongo, you’d come out on bottom…So what do you say Senator? My record of absolute wrongness against your record of absolute wrongness, for a good old fashioned “Wrong-off.”
If you want to see the stakes that Jon proposes for this challenge and why he says he almost hopes that he loses watch the video below.