Jon Stewart on John King and Newt

Jon Stewart had a hilarious take on the now-famous John King and Newt Gingrich confrontation during last week’s debate over the open marriage allegations made by Newt’s ex-wife. Best line, about Gingrich’s absurd claims to be an outsider: “When Washington gets its prostate checked, it tickles you.”

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About Ed Brayton

After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Cosmic Snark

    It’s not often I laugh and projectile-vomit at the same time.

  • TCC (fka The Christian Cynic)

    The way John King handled that question was abysmal. The question itself was bad enough – “Would you like to respond?” Really? – but then falling back on “We didn’t report it” is about the most idiotic way of defending yourself. I think Stewart and Rachel Maddow nailed the problem of the question: it should have addressed the hypocrisy of Gingrich asking for an open marriage while leading the charge against Clinton’s moral character. King treated it like a tabloid story that they wanted to get a soundbyte for, but a debate is not a news show and you’re not interviewing candidates on stage. If there is some relevant piece of information about a candidate’s past, then connect it to whatever issue will matter when it comes to the voting booth. Otherwise, just stick to the issues.

  • reverendrodney

    The race is Mitt-ness and Romney-ness versus Newt-ness and Gingrich-ness.

    This is the logical degeneration of the modern Republican party. Kiss it goodbye.

    John King might have responded with: “Who are you to lecture me about despicable?”

  • exdrone

    As a chronic philanderer, Newt quickly resorts to the cheating-husband-confronted-by-the-wife defence, “I can’t believe me you asked me that question. I’m offended.”

  • Ichthyic

    “Who are you to lecture me about despicable?”

    Maybe he should have interviewed Daffy Duck?