Pelosi takes on Colbert
February 9th, 2012
01:39 PM ET
11 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.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Kimberly

    This is GENIOUS! She is using him the way he was intended to be used. Colbert shines a light on the republican loons every night. His charachtor pretends to be one of them, and us Dems LOVE him!! Good call Pelosi, well done. I also love her calling Newt her friend! I bet newts head is exploding! lol

    February 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. ...and the winner is...!

    Pelosi takes on COLBERT.....and the winner is....COLBERT...!

    February 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. WhereIsPalin

    I'd rank Colbert's "news" right up there with Limbaugh and anything from Fox. However, I do take him more seriously.

    February 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. roadwarrior

    now you all know why she is the former and i do mean former house speaker

    February 9, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    ....and the loser is....The Republican Party.

    February 9, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Pedro

    Fortunately, she's in on the joke.

    February 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  7. My Fellow Americans

    Colbert should not pick on unarmed opponents. Her IQ is one third of his, and her skills are only useful in the fairy land called DC.

    February 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. TEDDY

    I think all these people should wear jackets like NASCAR and race car drivers ,etc.. wear. This way me the voter can see who their biggest contributors are. The smaller the decal the less money that was contributed. The bigger the decal the more money was contributed. Thats how they do it in auto racing. Then the voter can really make an intelligent choice.

    February 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Dom

    I would venture to say that Pelosi's entire time spent working in government could be referenced as satire as well.

    February 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    " Pelosi takes on COLBERT.....and the winner is....COLBERT...! '
    Who would have thought? A liberal "wins" in either case.

    If Colbert "won", that means Republicans are the ultimate losers over the long run.
    Now if Pelosi "won", that also means that Republicans would ultimately still be the losers.

    February 9, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Samian

    I adore Nancy Pelosi. She should run for president in 2016, which she will clearly win! 🙂

    February 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  12. Mr. Me

    Colbert, the only choice for internet trolls everywhere! (that said, I'd probably vote for him as well.)

    February 9, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Dom wrote:

    I would venture to say that Pelosi's entire time spent working in government could be referenced as satire as well.
    The entire time Republicans spend sowing the seeds of greed would best be described as the work of the devil.

    February 9, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. D

    She's just asking for his SuperPAC to run an ad against her! muhuhahahaha!

    February 9, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Gary

    Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to America!

    February 9, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Voice of Reason

    The point she's trying to make (and not sure she's making it well) is that of the DISCLOSE act. Seems to me that the unlimited funding being poured into campaigns across the land are being protected by the 1st amendment as 'free speech'.

    What is missing here is the accountability. Should corporations be able to say something unpopular? Yes. Should they be able to say it anonymously? Probably not.

    I vote for transparency. I say make all the PAC donors public within 24 hours of the donation. Same goes for congress – transcripts of all lobbyist mtgs should be made public as well. There's no better disinfectant than sunshine.

    February 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. lance corporal

    what colbert is doing with the superpac is actually serious business and he knows it

    folks we have to get the big money out of politics
    and we have to stop the divisiveness

    as to taking on colbert....I'm a fan of the show and I've only ever seen one person stump him; dan savage
    the guy has a super fast mind and a vast knowledge base

    February 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. KMC

    I can hear Republicans scratching their heads and wondering what this means.

    Make fun of her all you want , but she is one smart cookie.

    February 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Marry

    They are both SUPER!!!

    February 9, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. A little sad

    ...and the winner is...!

    Pelosi takes on COLBERT.....and the winner is....COLBERT...!

    And Pelosi, and possibly the American people. Unlike DeMint's ridiculous Pats vs Giants, these are "adversaries" who actually do have a shared goal.

    February 9, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Why did they use Colbert when they could have just used Obama instead??? A far bigger joke for sure and he also wants a Super PAC.

    But it is nice to know that the MINORITY Leader is working so hard on the serious financial problems our country is haiving thanks in large part to her.

    February 9, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. ATLmatt

    this is well played by Pelosi... The Colbert Report is on break this week but I suspect his response will be front and center on Monday's show. Should be very funny.

    February 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Peace

    PACs nowadays means money. Whether it is Super or not. PAC has lost the real meaning of it!

    February 9, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. CandyBee

    You go, girl! The whole Cobert thing is just going over the top, but the superpac business must end. Why in the world does it make sense to the any of us to keep the superpac donors' names secret? The real answer is ALWAYS :"FOLLOW THE MONEY." Almost nobody makes donations (that are outside of charity) unless they,themselves, will benefit and prosper. Well, OK, but let EVERYBODY know who makes those donations! It's always about money or power!

    February 9, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. us1776

    Colbert is on it !!

    He's showing just how totally ridiculous our entire political election process has become.

    Go Stephen !!


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