Unlikely bedfellows: Colbert headed for Democrats' retreat
February 7th, 2013
07:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Unlikely bedfellows: Colbert headed for Democrats' retreat

(CNN) - To the people of Colbert Nation, a retreat for Democratic House members may be the last place they'd expect to find Stephen Colbert.

Unless the comedian who plays a conservative on television is plotting to take the Democrats down.

Regardless of his agenda, Colbert will appear at the House Democratic Issues Conference on Friday, caucus chair Rep. Xavier Becerra told members on Thursday.

A senior democratic leadership aide told CNN of the announcement.

Becerra told members that Colbert will make remarks to the Democrats gathered at the event, then take questions from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"We assume this is Stephen Colbert’s attempt at bipartisanship," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told CNN.

About a year ago, the tables were turned.

Pelosi appeared on Colbert's television show, Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," in February 2012 to promote her campaign finance law known as the DISCLOSE Act.

She argued that super PACs and their massive donors should make public significant contributions much sooner than required under current law; Colbert, practitioner of a real super PAC he used as a gag on his show, argued otherwise.

But unlike Pelosi's calls for transparency in campaign finance, House Democrats announced no plans to allow reporters into the session with Colbert.

Colbert closed his super PAC shortly after the November election, diverting the $773,000 left in the account into a 501(c)4 organization, which has even fewer reporting requirements.

Colbert has taken questions from lawmakers before. He appeared at a 2010 House hearing on immigration and spoke from the viewpoint of the character he plays on television.

Former President Bill Clinton is also scheduled to speak at the conference on Friday. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also spoke to the group.

– CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Wilson

    "My angst and hurt feelings are my own problem."
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    Unfortunately that does not seem to be the way almost 50% of society believes.

    February 8, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Chobrut

    His "attempt at bipartisanship"? I think the author doesn't get it, or may be one of the conservatives who thinks Colbert is secretly republican. He isn't. Most likely he's probably there to stir up some ideas and give the dems some cojones.

    @Human Meteor: More news comes out of CC than Fox, and it makes you laugh instead of vomit. That's why.

    February 8, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Hugh Jass

    "the ultimate example that liberals can't separate their fictional world from reality." Did you know that Colbert has a large following out in flyover from old people who admire his conservatism? True story. Got it from a talking soccer ball.

    February 8, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Jorge Sedano

    All fake... just another way to make some $$$$

    February 8, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Jack33

    Colbert is fantastic! Nobody can take fox news and Oxycontin Limbaugh seriously after seeing a few weeks of his spot-on, razor sharp parodies of their stupidity.

    He and Stewart are great – they've done wonders in exposing the republicans for the laughable joke they are.

    February 8, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Are you freaking kidding me CNN? Everyone knows Colbert is a Democrat at heart. Hell, he's said it multiple times.

    February 8, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Larry L

    "Wilson" your rant is quite weird and disjointed – even for you. Read it again. You might want to step away from Fox News and do something peaceful and relaxing. Otherwise, you're precariously close to the "screaming-at-cars" stage...

    February 8, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Wolf in sheep clothes

    Colbert is a comedian. His "persona" is a Republican. He is making dry fun against Republicans. As a person he is as liberal as the rest of Hollyweird!!!!!

    February 8, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. RustyBucket

    Plot! Plot! Plot! Plot! Plot! He will ride into the belly of the Beast, he will break their bread, he will drink their wine, and then as night falls upon the House of Evil, he will leave under the cover of darkness, his manpurse filled with all their wallets that he stole blinded as they were by his charms and outrageously long eyelashes. I am not worthy.

    February 8, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. REGinAZ

    If anyone is clueless it is those who have been taken in by and are totally emotional over the conservative propaganda, aimed to create the support to feed the insatiable "more" (never enough) appetite of the few while always costing the majority.  The Republicans have become totally owned and controlled by "the money", their strong supporters and masters, and over the last thirteen years they have come to self-servingly and irresponsibly totally cater to them.  While cutting spending and the deficit are worthy and desired objectives it is pure deception to consider them to be what caused our problems; in every case what caused our problems is permissive politicians and policies, disguised as "conservative", with excessive deregulation, lax enforcement and no oversight that encouraged run-away greed, gross dishonesty and total self-indulgence by the few, who always walked away with substantial gains, resulting in crises in savings-and-loans, banks, dot.coms, the mortgage, investment and financial industries, including corporate corruption, like Enron, and costly industrywide failures, necessitating government intervention and taxpayers expense.  

    Now the Republicans waste time, ignore responsibilities and concentrate on further placating "the money", for their continued support, as they play politics and focus only on their political ambitions.  Closing tax loopholes, unreasonable deductions and considerations for the very wealthy and large corporations, while also protecting social security and medicare, is reasonable, equitable and responsible action yet the Republicans stubbornly fight it just to give "the money" more; the people, the majority, better wise up and firmly and strongly reject the current Republicans and their propaganda aimed to con and manipulate.  After all, it really is just common sense when you can get the biases, prejudices, emotions, loyalties and such all put aside, so they can't be used to dupe and sway people.

    February 8, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Jim8

    I love reading the comments at Landoverbaptist where some people don't get the joke, or when someone believes an Onion article, or, when a conservative falls for Colbert's bit.

    February 8, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Pete

    Colbert is as poisonous to republicans as Bill Maher is because conservatives can't run from facts that they throw laughingly back in their face showing their partys ignorence and insensativity toward their constituents nationwide..Now Colbert will give tips on how to dismantle the republicans from a comedians point of view and as extreme as it may be I'd use his advise because you know every time he talks another republican cries foul,like it or not because facts hurt!!

    February 8, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Larry L wrote:

    "Wilson" your rant is quite weird and disjointed – even for you. Read it again. You might want to step away from Fox News and do something peaceful and relaxing. Otherwise, you're precariously close to the "screaming-at-cars" stage...
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    Whaddya expect? He's been reading "Atlas Shrugged". In fact, I would imagine that he's finished it already. I just wonder how many conservatives realize that it is a work of fiction inspired Karl Marx' "Das Kapital", which glorifies imperial captialism.

    February 8, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Wilson

    @Larry L

    "Wilson" your rant is quite weird and disjointed – even for you. Read it again. You might want to step away from Fox News and do something peaceful and relaxing. Otherwise, you're precariously close to the "screaming-at-cars" stage...
    ------------------------------–
    It was not a rant. Nothing to do with Fox News, which I do not watch. It was a quote fitting an observation of the direction taken by today's society.

    February 8, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Wilson

    I have just finished reading "Atlas Shrugged." There is a choice between two inescapable conclusions. 1) The author was a prophet (not very likely) or 2) The book is being used as a blueprint for the 'fundamental transformation of America.' Don't bother responding to me unless you have read the book yourself. If you have read the book there is no way you can miss the parallels in it with what is happening in society today, unless you are a 'looter' that chooses to be blind.
    Who is John Galt?
    $

    February 8, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Wilson

    Whaddya expect? He's been reading "Atlas Shrugged". In fact, I would imagine that he's finished it already. I just wonder how many conservatives realize that it is a work of fiction inspired Karl Marx' "Das Kapital", which glorifies imperial captialism.
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    Actually it combats the very idea of Karl Marx's communism/socialism ideals.

    February 8, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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