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


Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Chipster

    Um, you do know that Colbert is a Democrat, right?

    February 7, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. basedonfact

    Wow do some people actually believe he is a republican? His entire schtick is about ridiculing them with their own words

    February 7, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Borderless

    Unlikely bedfellows? You're being ironic aren't you?

    February 7, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    Colbert is a staunch Liberal and is so good at what he does, he actually has some of those right-wingers believing he's one of them. how dumb do you have to be to not even realize you're being brilliantly satirized?

    February 7, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Chzwiz

    Give me a break! Colbert is a left weenie!

    February 7, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Bout time they listen to someone with real insight

    February 7, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. James Klimaski

    Colbert has done more to educate the public about what is going on in the world than any of the major news organizations.

    February 7, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. cm

    Stephen donated the remainder of the Super
    Pac money to charity. Please add this to the article.

    February 7, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. bob aussie

    Anyone who understands Colbert's comedic rants know he is not a conservative or a republican. He's a comedian for land's sake! And he mocks the republican political machine without mercy. Stupid democrats, like Pelosi, think he's serious... watch his show.

    February 7, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Homer10

    If you believe that Colbert, is pro Republican, then you must be a Republican that is clueless. Colbert is hilarious, and a Republicon's worst nightmare, but they just don't know it.

    February 7, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. CarrotCakeMan

    Do we really have to point out to CNN that he is making fun of right-wingers? Colbert has also appeared as a singing character in a musical in New York's Lincoln Center–and did very well.

    February 7, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  12. G

    Do people still not get it?

    February 8, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Ian M

    Plays a conservative? Is CNN paying the author of this article? It is in such a satirical manner i don't know how one can fish viewers into this article with such a comment...Ohh wait, you did. I cannot believe i go to CNN for news these days.

    February 8, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  14. ben

    i'm sorry for being rude but the title of this article is extremely stupid. colbert's whole is a satire of conservative tv commentators. obviously he's liberal. what is "unlikely" about a liberal attending a democratic party retreat ?

    February 8, 2013 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  15. Eman De'Riuqer

    Colbert speaking at a Dem's retreat would not be a surprise to anyone who actually watches the show and understands the concept of sarcasm. Members of Colbert Nation KNOW Colbert doesn't actually feel the way his "character" feels. If only that were true of the characters on Faux News... Every so often flipping through the channels I'll pause there. It's easy to forget they're not trying to be funny with all the ludicrous, moronic things coming out of their mouths. Sadly however, they're only unintentionally funny. Colbert is funny on purpose, despite the fact that they often seem to have the same point of view, superficially. However, this is the core of Colbert's comedy. He's pretending to be one of them, and yes, we are aware of this. He might also be there to network for a future job after his stint on Comedy Central. He seems like he'd make a good congressman, or perhaps a future governor.

    February 8, 2013 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  16. Marie MD

    We all know what Steve is about. The shrub's administration found out that he is "acting" when they invited him to a correspondenht dinner!
    Duh! :)

    February 8, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  17. Sundara

    The first line really explained it all. He PLAYS a conservative on television, he isn't really. He is extremely funny though!

    February 8, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  18. What

    He plays a conservative.......

    Don't think for one second that comedy central would let a conservative get a show on their network....

    February 8, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  19. ToldUSo

    Colbert is a liberal in a transparent disguise. It's hilarious to me that some of my conservative friends don't realize he's making fun of them.

    February 8, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  20. al

    um... pretty sure colbert's one of the biggest liberals on television there cnn. You have either never watched his show, or are not very bright when it comes to satirical humor.

    February 8, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  21. Mark

    What a stupid story. Colbert doesn't play a "conservative" on TV - he plays a cartoonish, heavily caricatured stereotype of Republicans. (I'm sure this will invite some idiotic responses from lefties who think the portrayal is actually fair or accurate.)

    February 8, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  22. Mattski

    Is the CNN political unit unaware that Colbert's conservatism is part of a comedy routine?

    February 8, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  23. Hmm

    Sometimes I can't tell if the writer of this article actually understands Colbert is just playing a conservative on TV to be funny or she's just playing along with the joke?

    February 8, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  24. Obama Dogeater

    Wow, really important story to highlight. According to yesterday's testimony, our ambassador and others in Libya were being killed but Obama couldn't be bothered:
    "Panetta also told Sen. Ayotte that they did not communicate with anyone at the White House and no one from the White House called for a status update."

    February 8, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. callmecrazy

    Unlikely bedfellows? I was going to say what everyone else has already so instead I will ask how did the term "bedfellows" become a cliche? It sounds so gay.

    February 8, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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