Jon Stewart took on those in the GOP who are now so upset that they cannot control the TEA Partiers who they welcomed with open arms into their party. He is, of course right, it is their own fault that this bunch has so severely damaged the image of the party. When you think that you can leash and train a rabid dog you have no one to blame but yourself when you are bitten .
Stewart began with a clip which showed that the party now enjoys the lowest approval rating that Gallup has ever recorded for either party, after which he says, “It turns out that when you shut down the government for two weeks in order to obtain nothing, people don’t like it.” No surprise there — well, unless you are a Republican.
He moves on to a clip of GOP stalwart Charles Krauthammer who said, “You cannot govern from one part of one half of the Congress, the only out is for these people to realize they are in a suicide caucus.”
Jon points out that this is the problem that they find themselves now confronted with saying, “They want the TEA Party to know that they are not allowed to call the shots. They sure were excited a few years back when the TEA Party showed up.” A point that is illustrated with a montage of older clips of Krauthammer.
In these clips Krauthammer says, “The big split between the establishment and the new people, the TEA Party folks is vastly exaggerated…I think it’s extremely harmonious…I think overall it’s a tremendous asset for the Republicans…It’s the party that has a structure absorbing the energy of these spontaneous demonstrators.”
“They wanted the energy,” Jon mocks, “So long as the TEA Party promised not to burst through their chests and replicate.”
Stewart next takes on Karl Rove and his new strategy for winning elections and taking the party back from the extremists who have seized control. Running a clip of Rove telling Bill O’Reilly that the defund strategy was never going to work Jon says, “Thank you Commander Hindsight.”
After sarcastically remarking that it was almost as if there had been a decade long campaign to incite the most radical elements of the party he says that this is why, “Karl rove has no right to complain about the radicals ruining his party because he is the one who invited them.”
As Jon points out, by stirring up the most radical elements of the party Rove set in motion the chain of events which led up to scenes such as Tail Gunner Ted Cruz appearing at a rally during the shutdown with an extremist like Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, who still insists that the President is a practicing Muslim and not a citizen of the U.S.
“Now,” Stewart quips, “Old Turd Blossom here has to create a super PAC to attempt to battle the stupid he himself unleashed.”
Finally he takes on John McCain (R-AZ) telling him, “You don’t get to complain at all, because if I remember correctly no matter how Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs you think your colleagues are they don’t come close to your hatchling. You opened Pandora’s Box! You were the guy who gave the Mogwai a post-midnight all-you-can-eat buffet. You don’t get to complain that now the party’s overrun with Gremlins.”
Watch the comments in the video below from Comedy Central.