The Nazis are the best thing that ever happened to Hollywood action movies, but they were a pox on American political conversation in 2010. I don’t know if there are awards given for rhetorical devices, but maybe Hitler and the Nazis should have accepted one for 2010.
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I’ve long felt that the Daily Show’s ability to find obscure video clips containing very specific details or references is just short of magical. Hell, it is magical. Anyhow, Jon Stewart recently paid his staff tribute while simultaneously pointing out, yet again, that FoxNews is a morally-and rhetorically-bankrupt rage dispensary. It’s beautiful viewing.
In case you’re not familiar with this great law, Godwin’s Law is a wonderful internet-age adage worth familiarizing yourself with. I love that message boards have been around long enough to generate such hilarious and depressing observations on human behavior and discourse.
This XKCD comic is where I first learned about Godwin's Law
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.
Our best and brightest don't run for office, but some of them host tv shows
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.