Jon Stewart fileted Sen. Tom Coburn like a cod last night as Coburn embarrassed himself choking up and practically sobbing at the Roberts hearings complaining about partisanship and divisiveness that are “almost hateful.” Stewart then quotes Coburn’s almost hateful statements about gays and killing abortionists. And then, just for good measure, he showed Coburn in the middle of the hearings working a crossword puzzle. Toss that fish head off the boat.

  • Trent

    Ohhhh, sounds good. Hopefully this clip will be put online today.

  • Rich Drees

    It was one of the most brilliant single moments on TDS ever. And there have been a lot of brilliant moments recently. Just send them the Emmy now.

  • Angelos

    Yup, viciously funny.

    But Republicans are in the business of hatred, so let fly.

  • TXBueller

    “But Republicans are in the business of hatred, so let fly.”

    That’s a mighty broad brush your wielding there Angelos.

    Anyhow, I found last nights show to be one of the best in a while. When Jon Stewart is going after stupidity and hypocrisy without regard to political affilliation he is tops. When he parrots DNC talking points he’s just boring.

  • Angelos

    Coburn, Santorum, Keyes, Zell Miller, Cheney, etc.

    Robertson, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Malkin, etc.

    The Republican party thrives on divisiveness. Feed the stupid redneck the fear of the Negro, of the gay who’s coming after your son, of the single mother, the Jew. All well-established campaign tactics, no attempt to disguse them whatsoever.

    C’mon, don’t be naïve.

  • Moore, Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy, Robert “Hooray, KLAN!” Byrd, Dean, dKos, Olliver Willis…

    Gee, partisans are divisive jerks, who knew? Let’s be honest, bi-partisan electoral politics have finally gotten to the point where the fringes of each are the loudest and best-funded.

  • wag

    Anybody who thinks more hate comes from Moore, Pelosi, Kennedy, Byrd, Dean, dKos, and Willis than from Coburn, Santorum, Keyes, Miller, Limbaugh, Robertson, etc., is outta their freaking minds.

  • erik martin
  • Ted Kennedy…good Senator…bad date.

  • Could I just say, on the record, I voted agaist Coburn and I’m embarrassed to have him as my state’s senator.

    My only regret is that I could only vote once… oh and that I missed this program.


  • deb

    Just curious, did Stewart also do a comparison of Sen. Biden on Ginsberg’s confirmation hearing and Robert’s confirmation hearing?????

    Hello pot, meet kettle…..

  • Angelos

    Quote of the Last Quarter Century:

    “We are learning every day that there really is something worse than a big, debt-ridden government that tries to do too much and fails. It’s a big, debt-ridden government that tries to do too little, and succeeds.”
    — Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack

    It was twenty five years ago, after all, that Reagan swept into office with his promise to get Big Government “off our backs”. In the quarter century since, right wingers have not once stopped screeching about the evils of big, bloated, expensive government bureaucracies trying to run our lives, all the while running up debts far graver than any liberal ever dreamed of.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Vilsack’s comment were a harbinger of the end of the era of profligate do-nothing hypocrisy?

  • Steven

    Here is the lovely moment verbatim.

    John Stewart on the Daily Show aired a video of the John Roberts confirmation hearings in which Republican Senator Tom Coburn appealed to his colleagues …

    “… my heart aches for less divisiveness, [Coburn pauses as he tears up, then continues] less polarization, less finger-pointing, less bitterness, less mindless partisanship, which at times sounds almost hateful to the ear of Americans.”

    John Stewart responded …

    “Yes. Almost hateful. Maybe not …

    “”The gay community is the greatest threat to our freedom that we face today.”” (Tom Coburn)

    hateful. Maybe not ….

    “”I favor the death penalty for abortionists.”” (Tom Coburn)

    hateful. But … uh … [Stewart pauses as he tears up, then continues]”