At Stephen Colbert’s stop at the Federal Election Commission today, I had the same problem that I usually have at rock concerts, which is that I’m short and have trouble hearing over ambient noise, so I mostly got a look at people in bear masks, and head scarves, and I’m With Coco t-shirts, carrying their copies of I Am America and waving Sanity/Fear frisbees. Fortunately, we have tall interns at the Center for American Progress, and one of them was kind enough to shoot video of Colbert’s speech for me:
Colbert’s speech was pretty standard “Citizens United rules!” parody. It was the kind of crowd that showed up at 4 in the afternoon on Friday because they named their cat Stephen, or because they have a panda suit around for occasions like this, or because DC offices are starting to slouch towards summer hours and why not, right? The best joke in the crowd was probably the person near me who deadpanned “This isn’t the Ron Paul rally?” only to be met with a reply of “This isn’t the Lou Dobbs show.” It was fine, but going on the president’s house and affirming before the nation that he’s a mockery is a stronger comedic speaking of truth to power than asking people to show up and give you money.