It took about five years, but Congress is finally wising up to this Stephen Colbert character. And it’s starting to occur to them that he might not have their best interests at heart. The group realization coalesced right around his recent congressional testimony. (It was probably the “corn-packer” coinage that tipped them off.) Spokesmen for both House campaign committees are advising their candidates that there are better ways to get publicity than appearing on Colbert. This has emboldened some congressional aides to admit to years of
misgivings symptoms. “My experience with that show is like herpes. It never goes away, and it itches and sometimes flares up,” said a former aide to Representative Lynn Westmoreland, referring to the time the conservative Georgia Republican appeared on the segment “Better Know a District,” about a bill requiring that the Ten Commandments be displayed in Congress. Westmoreland could only name three.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did some undercover investigative work, so she says she’s been hip to the threat for a while now: “I watch it all the time, and I think, ‘Why would anybody go on there?’” But others have not been so lucky.
Some did not realize what Colbert’s real mission was:
Others thought they could best the comedian at his own game:
The best strategy when dealing with Colbert, it seems, is knowing when to say no:
Congress cools on Colbert [Politico]