The Daily Show, as we all know, is great at skewering the hypocrisy and vapid utterances of politicians. This segment contains a fantastic montage of John McCain saying “Washington is broken,” or variations thereof, all the way back to 1989.
There has been plenty of semi-joking sentiment over the years that Jon Stewart and/or Stephen Colbert should run for political office. Aside from Colbert’s semi-joking attempt to get on the South Carolina ballot, they have declined.
But the writing and video editing teams at the Daily Show would make phenomenal campaign staff. The above-linked McCain montage would make a terrific negative ad for whomever was running against McCain. I’m not sure what prevents mainstream political campaigns from putting together the kind of montages the Daily Show uses on a regular basis. Maybe there are restrictions about reusing video clips, I’m not sure.
What I do know is that the Daily Show/Colbert Report and the Internet are cultivating a growing voter base very familiar with the habit of “gotcha” video editing. A progressive political candidate with a savvy campaign staff, a good sense of humor, and the cojones to run on principle and record could make a killing with the 18-35 year old voters of a large urban area.