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. Anonymous

    It saddens me to think that at least half (and that it is a VERY modest estimate) of the people who hear this story won't realize that Pelosi's 'attack' on Stephen is merely a satire to draw attention to the fact that corporations can influence elections by pouring millions of dollars into these PACs with zero accountability, which is what Colbert has been trying to do since the day he started his PAC.

    February 10, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    Fantastic. Pelosi shows her political shrewdness again. I see republican head's exploding all over the place. "My friend Newt"... I love it!
    The far right Surpreme Court memberd may have to rule that bullets are free speech next to try and save their sad dying party.
    Also, anyonne notice that since the economy has started showing excellent signs of improvement the repugnants are now wanting to talk about birth control, religion... anything but Obama's OBVIOUS success at bringing the economy back from the brink after their party tanked it? I forecast a sad, sad Novembers for the crybaby party.

    February 10, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. FIELD1stSGT

    Wouldn't it be nice if they could rub noses and explode with Obama standing close by.

    February 10, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "I vote for transparency."

    Me, too! For all we know, foreign entities who want to do us harm are funneling money into these Republican Super PACs through a web of bogus front organizations. It's a lot cheaper and less conspicuous than bombing buildings.

    We need to know exactly who is trying to influence our elections. I strongly suspect there are a lot of very dirty hands at work here behind the scenes.

    BTW, I say "Republican Super PACs" because the GOP has been doing everything it can these last 3 years to make President Obama and our country fail, even as unemployment is down, the Dow is up, GM is alive and bin Laden is dead. Our country is going in the right direction; anyone who tries to stop that is anti-American, in my opinion.

    February 10, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. LIP

    Watch Nancy's eyes as she follows the bouncing ball so she can read her lines. If not for the bouncing ball, they would have had to do a voice over...Comic relief at ti's very best.

    February 10, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. john

    bad idea, pelosi. In this election cycle where the media plays such a huge role, especially in highlighting the perceived flaws of your opponents, colbert is a HUGE asset.

    February 10, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. NASH

    Unfortunately, not everybody in this forum got the joke. Reading the article I’m not sure if even CNN did. Nancy, well done! Stephen, the ball is in your court now!

    February 10, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. josh

    HAHAHAHA Well, I don't normally like Nancy, but Well played!! I leave reading all the comments of people who didn't get the joke of this add

    February 10, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Primus

    This huggy & kissy tounge-in-cheek stuff between cartoon tv personalities and their kindred politicians should probably be stuck into the funny pages. It deserves no more than a smirk.

    February 10, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. steven harnack

    As usual it seems, our "conservative" friends here totally miss the point and the humor and the intelligence behind it. That's not unusual because the point always seems to go somewhere over their heads, they don't do humor, and as for intelligence, well, some of them actually believe that Gingrich is intelligent.

    February 10, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Coop

    I hope Colbert ignores her. However, I would like access to her insider trading information so I can make a few bucks on the market. Why doesn't Nancy share her information with anyone except family?

    February 10, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. anon

    It never ceases to astound me that a person can be smart enough to get something like this, but dumb enough to support one political party over another. The level of partisanship in these comments is silly. There you sit, behind your screens and keyboards, smugly basking in a false sense of superiority while these carreer politicians ruin us. If you can see the satire here surely you can see that the two-party monolith is in complete control of the government. Blue and Red make Purple, the color of royalty. Together the Dems and Repubs own us, and they constantly expand the scope of their powers...and distract us with wars, handouts, and entertainment. Yes, the petty squbbles in politics are part of the entertainment.

    Also, Colbert mocks all politics and news. If you think he only hits the conservatives you're missing half the joke.

    February 10, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Chuck

    The Right likes to deliver their message through Hannity and Limbaugh through a guise of fear and doom and real world ramifications if anything Democratic gets done. The Left is delivering their message through humor and satire with Stewart and Colbert, poking fun at the Republican spin. The "Right Thing" to do is somewhere in the middle, but I find it easier to sift through the spin on the Left, even though my core beliefs are Republican. I don't like how the right plays on the easily-influenced and gullible populace. I don't think that's the right way to do things, even if its more effective.

    February 10, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Hark

    @Ol' Yeller- Your analogy of Mr. Obama is way off and obviously biased. As for Nancy Pelosi....she is vile, vulger, and basically a political tramp that is tied to your liberal party. You could say that she is a great part of the problem with national government today. The sooner she is out, the better we all will be. Now, go back to that Disney movie with your pal Moochie and face the music!

    February 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Jason James

    Colbert isn't a "Fake TV Host", in fact he is very real. Yes there is satire and joking, but the minds of Stewart and Colbert far outmatch those of the so-called leaders we have in congress. They are geniuses and we would be so lucky if they were to actually WANT to be in politics.

    Stewart-Colbert '12!!!

    February 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. ?

    Colbert is a genius. Probably one of the smartest, funniest people on TV.

    February 10, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    REALLY CNN???!!!! This worthless comedian pinned to the top of the Ticker while so much else is going on??? And you hold yourself up as a serious news organization??? Next joke...

    February 10, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Surfer George


    and funny!

    February 10, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. MR

    THANK YOU DEMOCRATS!!! THANK YOU!!! One of the smartest moves in a while!!! Fight all the misinformation with humor! Please keep this up! Colbert and Stewart are true heroes!...pfew...ok...I've exhausted my use of "!'s"

    February 10, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. kirk

    Colbert is just another socialist mouthpiece for ogodo

    February 10, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. utahsang

    I would like to see more transparency on Obama's super pacts and his funding from hollywood and his funding from unions and special interests and lobbyists .

    February 10, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Badly-Bent

    Isn't Colbert a kind of cheese?

    February 10, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Bill

    Nancy is out of her league on this one! Colbert has refined his "Ivy" faux persona to a fine edge but, in fact, he's a sharp guy with a sharp intellect and a tongue to match. What's the big deal....we hear the most bombastic, nonsense stuff from candidates on both sides of our political spectrum, so why not Colbert?

    February 10, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Steven Bannister

    Colbert is the lamest thing on TV and that's saying something. Liberals love him cause he skewers conservatives – but really, besides being partisan, they guy isn't even FUNNY. It's the same old joke over and over. Stephen Colbert is a highly overrated, one-trick pony.

    February 10, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. 31337

    I'm still trying to figure out which is the sharper tool. Pelosi who used her political connections to become part of the 1% and who is more of a plastic looking zombie who gets confused easily, mumbles often and is on the verge of moving from stupidity to insanity and really should have retired many years ago vs Colbert who is a comedic genius but also is easily confused with complicated issues. Remember Pelosi is still a politician and when she's not kissing your baby (or sucking out its blood to keep herself living) she is taking its candy and Colbert, well I like his show and even know he never reports the whole story only the side his audience wants to hear is in danger of being associated with Pelosi well I think he would be smarter then that.

    February 10, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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