The Colbert Report: ‘Israel Israel Israel’

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Hey, we’re late in reporting The Colbert Report’s coverage of the candidates mentioning Israel 31 times in the foreign policy debate last Monday night, but it’s great comedy.

Beginning at 1:45 in the video, after flashing robo ‘Israel’ replays, Stephen Colbert:

I was playing a drinking game last night where I took a shot of  Manischewitz every time……every time someone said Israel and by the end of the debate I was totally diabetic.

What stood out most for me in the debate was the constant condescending no nothing smirky half grin spread across Romney’s face whenever Obama was speaking. It did more to sink Romney than anything either of them said, not presidential. Colbert zeroed in on that smile and I loved it. He picked up Brit Hume calling it an “attractive default expression.”

5 minutes into the video Colbert remarked:

That reminds me of a benevolent angel watching me shower.

Colbert signed off the night taking a shot of … you guessed it, Manischewitz.

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(Hat tip Karen Platt)

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Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. pabelmont says:

    Why can’t we have Colbert for prexy? At worst incompetent governance would be funny. At best, it might (here and there) not even be incompetent. Oh, furgat, two-party system. Quite a system! Makes the work of the oligarchs so much simpler.

    • RoHa says:

      “At worst incompetent governance would be funny. ”

      Normal and funny is certainly better than normal and depressing.

  2. Shawshank says:

    And Colbert’s career comes to an end in 3…2…1…

    • Kathleen says:

      The Daily Show has really opened up on this issue the last several years. Colbert too. Movement.

      “attractive default expression” priceless.

      And now Powell, Wilkerson coming out again and publicly supporting Obama again based on the threat the neocons on Romney’s foreign policy team and their push to attack Iran.

      Chris Matthews had Wilkerson on last night. Annie/Phil a segment think you folks would be interested in

  3. piotr says:

    Ordinarily, subjecting someone to 31 shots of Manischewitz Concord Red would be a major crime against humanity. I hope that Colbert was using some liquid with approved food coloring instead. I must say that I was shocking enough to drive his point.

    PS. Colbert did run for President at some point, conveniently enough, this is his real name, I do not recall what happened. Perhaps we should organize a “super-PAC” “Steve Colbert for President. Seriously.”

  4. seafoid says:

    link to guardian.co.uk

    Iran military action not ‘right course at this time’, Downing Street says

    Government reiterates its current opposition to military action against Iran after revelation US has requested use of UK bases

    British reluctance to be a conduit for a US military buildup in the Gulf seems to have taken Washington by surprise but it demonstrates the lessons of Iraq are deeply etched in Whitehall. This time the UK is making clear it will not write blank cheques and will take its own decisions on what is legal and what is not.

  5. Denis says:

    @Annie: What stood out most for me in the debate was the constant condescending no nothing smirky half grin spread across Romney’s face whenever Obama was speaking. It did more to sink Romney than anything either of them said, not presidential.

    Beg pardon???? Fair and balanced, not.

    Would you care to comment, however briefly, on the vice-presidential candidates’ debate and Biden repeatedly grinning like a brain-damaged chimp with a new dildo every time Ryan criticized the administration? If Romney’s grin sank Romney, then Biden’s grin surely sank the entire Democratic party for generations to come.

    You’re too young to remember, but the Temptations checked in here about 40 years ago:

    “Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes — they don’t tell the truth.”

  6. What does Manischewitz taste like? I once bought a bottle of elderberry wine from the dollar store because of the Elton John song, and it tasted like lighter fluid. Horribly nasty stuff. I grew up in the Boone’s Farm/Annie Green Springs fruit flavored wine days.

    • piotr says:

      You are on a good track, Lance.

      I was born in a land of apples (and potatoes) and anything made of apples (and potatoes) was cheap. The favorite beverage of younger members of the working class was a wine product that was called “fruit wine”, kind of cider but fortified with alcohol (made of potatoes) and generously sweetened (with beet sugar). Good folks at Manischewitz can achieve the same effect with Concord Grapes (including admirably low price).

      The same folks invented Borshch with added sugar (or sweetener in a diet version) which is also a travesty, but drinking games with borshch, while actually not unheard of in the land of apples where beets (and borshch) are also plentiful would sound too exotic to be funny. The local custom was to drink hot clear borshch in glasses. On a festive occasion one can fortify it with potato alcohol. It looks like Manischewitz Concord Red but tastes much better (but not with a borshch out of Manischewitz jar).

    • Ellen says:

      Lance, it is very sweet. Also made from the Concord grape (same grape used for grape juice) or Elderberries with tons of sugar, and very similar to Mogen David, also known as Mad Dog.

      I think Manny and Mad Dog were the first wines I ever tasted.

    • Thanks for the info, all. I forgot the actual origins of “Mad Dog.”

      xD

  7. AM says:

    I’m glad that we see JS & SC push these issues; I have many friends that don’t care about politics, nor do they really care to listen about the plight of any oppressed people, but when they see shows like this they can’t help but laugh and then “hold on a minute why in the world are we….”

    Keep it up Steven Colbert! It may be comedy, but you are fighting the good fight, and bringing the right issues to the foreplay, even if you do it subtly (ie: implying that extremely largely wealthy Zionist donors to Israel live in Boca Raton without directly saying it)