cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
Congress almost literally became the joke that many tend to think it is these days.
The invitation from a California Congresswoman to Steven Colbert to speak/perform for a committee on which she sits accomplished a rare feat. It gave the public the distinct impression that Congress had finally devolved into a meaningless comedy performance that was supposed to have been taken seriously.
This might give us a clue as to what should be happening in Congress. Maybe we would be wise to clean house and then reconstitute Congress with people who are at least somewhat qualified to hold such important offices.
This comedy show was a slap in the face of every elected official who actually tries to govern wisely. The idea that an adult within that committee didn’t get this killed before it happened is difficult to imagine. Even in a situation where the rules can be played to one’s advantage, wouldn’t you think that there would’ve been some way to embarrass Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) into not causing this further embarrassment to a Congress that is already seen by many as a poor excuse for comedy?
Or did her fellow committee members actually want this charade to occur?