Pelosi takes on Colbert
February 9th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Pelosi takes on Colbert

Washington (CNN) - The Alice in Wonderland state of American politics has just reached a new level.

Nancy Pelosi, the stately, serious former House speaker released a video satire Thursday going after comedian Stephen Colbert for his super PAC.

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The must-watch-it-to-believe it video features the House Democratic leader narrating under black and white pictures of Colbert, saying he "used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby's cast."

She then calls him "out of control" for taking money from special interests for his super PAC.

The kicker: with the now infamous picture of Pelosi on the couch with Newt Gingrich, Pelosi says Colbert "even used his super PAC to attack my friend Newt Gingrich."

At the end of the video, Pelosi gets to her serious point. She is promoting the so-called DISCLOSE Act, which House Democrats are reintroducing Thursday. The DISCLOSE act would among other things require more transparency by super PACs in terms of who their donors are.

A Democratic source told CNN their hope is that Colbert responds on his Comedy Central program, in order to get the issue more attention.

This is not the first time Congress has tried to draw on Colbert's popularity to highlight an issue. In September, 2010, A House committee called Colbert to testify on the plight of immigrant workers. Colbert showed up in character – a fake TV host – and the decision to invite him got mixed reviews.

Watch the video here.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Guess What

    did pelosi spend some of that 62% increase in wealth from insider trading for the spot?

    February 9, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Aeromechanic

    Kimberly, you're spot on.

    Some of the rest of you are out of your minds. It was a political ploy. Did you read the ENTIRE story? Everyone with any sense at all knows that Colbert supports the Democratic party. He pretends to be a Republican to draw attention to their stupidity.

    February 9, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. glorydays

    In the light of Obama accepting super pac support....not so amusing...

    February 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Peter

    They are kidding around with each other. Hard to believe the mental midgets who think this is serious! And who says our national IQ is dropping? :)

    February 9, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. adrifter

    Brilliant. Now that's how you get attention for a piece of legislation.

    February 9, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Rsprings

    She probably wrote a bill that only applies to Republicans.

    February 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. J

    Oh this is grand. The fireworks will be spectacular, and the end result will not be in Pelosi's favor.

    Colbert is a freaking comedian who has been honing his wit and using cunning linguistics for years. Pelosi is a tired old hag who couldn't find the pulse of the American people with a stethoscope, anatomy chart, and the entire cast of House.

    My only hope is that the shattered wreck that remains of Pelosi after this incident won't dissuade other political figures from going head to head with Colbert (and/or Jon Stewart)

    P.S. does anyone remember the last time Colbert got called up by congress. He not only roasted the entire committee LIVE on C-Span, but he got a legit round of laughter and applause from the audience (and several members of congress as he was doing it) That's to say nothing for submitting pictures of his own colon as evidence for his hearing. Yes. Yes he did.

    February 9, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. Mike in SA

    Pelosi??? "Stately"??? Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

    February 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Rusty

    I'm sure Pelosi is in on the joke, but Colbert's a pretty smart guy. I don't think Pelosi would be doing this, if the voting base had no idea what SuperPACs were. So he's pretty much painting Pelosi, and to some extent even Obama's sudden fondness for a PAC, into a corner, by doing this. Colbert on the other hand – he deserves a Pulitzer for all the work he's done on revealing the PAC process. Seriously.

    February 9, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. jean2009

    Actually I don't think either Colbert or Nancy are kidding around, and neither are dumb. What a great way to highlight that Super Pacs are a major problem we seriously need to address. We definitely need better disclosure laws which will let us know from where a Super Pac's money is coming.

    A pretty ingenious way to get their point across. Good for them!

    February 9, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. bill

    Why not just fix the problem by banning super PACs and removing "personhood" from corporations?

    Oh that's right, wouldn't want to FIX anything. Just create more FUD. Change the laws slightly so people think you did something without affecting your brib... er, donations.

    February 9, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Dr Knowitall

    Pelosi wants to get rid of the PACs so that Democrats and Unions can continue their domination of the media with their combined funds. Something that was slightly corrected by PACs entering into the fray.

    February 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I guess the Democrats will do just about ANYTHING to try and get the American voters mind off the horrendous state of the economy and the years of high unemployment under their reign.

    Pretty lame and it won't work. The joke will be on the Democrats come November.

    February 9, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Rosslaw

    I still waiting on the Supreme Court after concocting for the first time in history the alleged first amendment rights of corporations to fund politicians in secret and without limit to similarly rule on their proceation rights.

    February 9, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. nagrom

    Yah Bill Kinda like Cantor behind closed doors now with some concerned cronies who might have to stop insider trading and making millions on taxpayer dollars. Now isn't that the same as a SUPER PAC that has no transparency?

    February 9, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. ingyandbert

    For those who don't seem to get the joke, Colbert MOCKS conservatives by pretending to be one of them (it's called "satire"). Pelosi and Colbert play for the same team; Pelosi is not "taking on" Colbert, nor nice-versa. The point is to use humor to bring attention to the issue of transparency relative to corporate campaign donations.

    Now let's see how many other people post about the "Pelosi v. Cobert war" while missing the entire point...

    February 9, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Dr Knowitall

    @Rosslaw "Supreme Court ... corporations ..." " to similarly rule on their proceation rights."

    lol – GE already has an offspring. His name is Barack !

    February 9, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Brenda

    Pelosi is evil pure and simple.

    February 9, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Jean Sartre, Milwaukee, WI

    This is simply GREAT!

    I love both of these characters... bring it on!

    February 9, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Dee

    Could you just imagine Colbert hosting a rethug Presidential debate. That would be the debate, to end all debates...LMAO.

    February 9, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Martin

    Way to go Nancy. Kick Newt while he's down – Conservatives will be incensed about having Newt called "your friend"

    hahahaha. Nicely done.

    February 9, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Triple A

    Heheh Rule number 1. As a politician never ever go after a comedian. lol This is going to be good regardless wether you support Ms. Pelosi or not.

    February 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    29.the real deal

    taran you sound like a very well informed intelligent person and it was my pleasure to read your post i hate to tell you your waisting your time trying to convice these idots that they are blind to whats going on around them remember as larry the cable guy said you cant fix stuipd
    ------------------------
    Absolutely correct! I'm certainly "CONVICE" that you "CANT" fix "STUIPD", "YOUR WAISTING" your time!!
    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    February 9, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. alyarby

    Nancy Pelosi jokes around. Or Nancy Pelosi is a joke. Not much difference.

    February 9, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Gurgi

    Wow, if Pelosi has one more face lift, her mouth will turn 90 degrees.

    February 9, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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