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.

Watch the video here.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Toby

    Pelosi is irrelevant.

    February 9, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. DoubleEM

    Would be interesting to watch the show on Monday...

    February 9, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. PoeCohen

    Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart provide much-needed brevity and laughter. Using humor, they make us realize how ridiculous government and/or religion can be. Go Stephen. Go Jon. Go Nancy, for "getting it"

    February 9, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. The Real Truth

    And why did Colbert suspend his Repub nomination? I think he's the best pick of the litter.

    February 9, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. c.goldfinger

    Well done!

    February 9, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Falcon

    Who's Stephen Colbert???

    February 9, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. ken

    Pelosi is the Queen of the Porn State! Bestiality will be legalized in California under her rule!

    February 9, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. pre-runner

    For God's sakes, lighten up. This is humor with a touch of truth...

    February 9, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Geoffrey Hamilton

    Good for her, being able to laugh at yourself and not take things too seriously is something that is lost on today's society.

    February 9, 2012 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. in d pendant

    People see what they want...he makes fun of everyone. He draws his audience by making fun of Conservative and Liberal alike. This tactic allows him access to those who are very polarized and those who like a good satire.
    I am not a fan of Pelosi's temperment, elitism or policy. But I would caution her to be very careful unless Colbert is in on the joke. He has nothing to lose and excels in these circumstances.

    February 10, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. RenegadeFL

    Figures. They pick the week Colbert is on vacation. Great ideas poorly implemented...The Democratic Party.

    February 10, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  12. Cortanis

    This is hilarious! Politics have actually started turning into comedy. In all seriousness though, it isn't a bad idea.... just a desperate misinformed one.

    February 10, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. Steve

    The PACs can buy the ad time and maybe even the votes of members of Congress, but they can't buy your vote.

    At the end of the day, the American voter is the one accountable for the actions of the people in Congress. If you find the voting patterns of your congressperson to not be in your best interest, vote them out, whatever the political party. Vote every last incumbent out of the House of Representatives (regardless of party affiliation) - repeatedly as needed - and I guarantee you'd see a change in behavior.

    Don't blame the PACs for the failures of the American voting public. The fault is our own.

    February 10, 2012 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  14. BeverlyNC

    I love Nancy. She is so smart and such a great leader. Unlike Boehner she knows now to actually lead the House. Will be glad when she is Speaker again come November – then watch real work get done again.
    She is brilliant to play on Colbert's mockery of Citizens United – how hilarious. I'm sure Republicans don't even get it that is what makes it even funnier. Go Nancy!

    February 10, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  15. Guest

    Excuse me, how about Liberal PACS like, Emily's List, Democracy for America (yeah right) and others. Here is another example of hypocrisy form the Left

    February 10, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  16. HomerSimpson


    February 10, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. jim

    He's so much smarter than she is

    February 10, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Slavery, truth? Access to healthcare is slavery? I can see you attend the same clinic Hannity goes to: isn't that the one run by Marcus Bachmann?

    February 10, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. laura

    get back to reading the healthcare legislation that you passed so that you know what is in the bill.

    February 10, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. anon

    It's a savvy move by Pelosi, but idk if she's changing anyone's mind on this. Also, it's a bit rude to speak out against PACs while you pocket their money. In regards to Obama's decision to take PAC money she said:
    "The president made a decision which I think was a wise one that he was not going to unilaterally disarm and leave the field to the Koch brothers to decide who would be POTUS and who would control the Congress."
    She's saying that $$$ is more important than her ideals, because $$$ will decide who wins the Presidency and Congress. Very Machiavellian. More likely, these are not actually her ideals, but she lies to be popular. Again, I doubt anyone's changing their opinions because Pelosi is so polarizing to begin with.

    February 10, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Big_D

    Some folks don't seem to get the joke. I wish they would have done something about insider trading by congress too. Cantor kills anything that would help end the corruption.

    February 10, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    I miss Pelosi as Speaker of the House. The only thing I think she ought to have done is oust that guy who yelled "You lie!" during a presidential speech. When he said that, the security personnel should have gone to him, picked him up and dragged him out for being so unprofessional, unethical and disrespectful. Other than that, she did a fantastic job.

    February 10, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. TJ

    Everybody is stupid. The headline reads one thing, but Pelosi isn't going after Colbert. She is trying to get him involved. She wants this DISCLOSE

    February 10, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. TJ

    to get the Colbert Bump. ...Hit enter too early...

    February 10, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. SCAtheist

    Come on folks. Peolsi is not takihg on Colbert. It;s a joke about the lack of transparency in Super PACs,

    February 10, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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