“I think his testimony was not appropriate. I think it was an embarrassment for Mr. Colbert more than the House. “It was not appropriate. What he had to say was not the way it should have been said.” —Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader
That was Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md) trying desperately trying to explain one of the most bizarre “hearings” ever to take place in the US House of Representatives as comedian Stephen Colbert performed for a dumbfounded committee and a laughing public.
Bring in the clowns! There’s got to be clowns!
Just when the GOP seemed to stub its toe with a lame Pledge to America the Democrats saved them with a stunt so silly most observers were shocked into stunned silence until grizzly old congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the full House Judiciary Committee to which this subcommittee is attached invited Mr. Colbert to remove himself from the Committee Hearing Room.
Colbert appeared before the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) who chairs it. That Chairman Conyers intervened to tell Colbert to get the heck out was embarrassing to Lofgren as well as House speaker Nancy Pelosi who, according to a report on Politico, knew well in advance that Colbert would testify in character at the hearing but she did not block the stunt. That Speaker Pelosi later responded to the criticism by saying Mr. Colbert is an American and has an opinion on the issues before the committee only added to the snickering.
John Boehner wisely kept his mouth shut!