Your morning jolt: There’s nothing like a ‘Colbert Report’ grilling to start the new year

Ever since U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland flunked a pop quiz on the Ten Commandments, “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central has been uncertain ground for hard-core Republicans.

Stephen Colbert’s faux-Reilly schtick can be thoroughly baffling.

Nonetheless, last night, Erick Erickson of Redstate.com, the conservative provocateur from Macon, agreed to become Stephen Colbert’s first victim – er, guest – of 2010.

Here’s the official version:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Erick Erickson
www.colbertnation.com
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Much of the interview was a lesson in responsible Twittering:

Colbert: You, sir, have put me to shame. You have Twittered the following things: You said of Justice [David] Souter that he was a goat-[bleep] child molester.

(Erickson nods.)

Colbert: You said Linda Douglas, the White House health care spokesperson, was the Joseph Goebbels of health care.

Erickson: Yeah.

Colbert: And you said of Nobel Prize-winner Barack Obama, “I did not realize the Nobel committee had affirmative action quotas.” Now, all of those things I think are refreshingly bold.

Erickson: Not exactly.

Colbert: Okay, would you be willing to repeat any of those with your face on camera?

Erickson: The last two, yeah. The first one was not my finest moment.

Colbert: Wait a second. Are you saying that David Souter is not a goat-[bleep] child molester?

Erickson: No, probably not.

Colbert: When did you go soft, sir?

Wayne Mason, the Gwinnett County real estate tycoon, has underwritten many a political career in his lifetime – not excluding the one belonging to Zell Miller.

So when the 69-year-old Mason says he’s lost more money in this recession than in any other, it matters. This from a piece by my AJC colleague Dan Chapman:

Mason’s legal and financial woes came to the fore in October when Wachovia Bank sued him for defaulting on a $7.5 million loan.

Mason and Lone Pine, one of his companies, borrowed the money in 2004 to buy three units in a Buckhead medical building, according to the lawsuit.

In November, a South Carolina bank sued Mason, John Williams, Ronald Leventhal and James Wallace Sr. — all major Atlanta developers — claiming they defaulted on $42.5 million in loans used to finance a posh residential community along the Georgia coast.

First Citizens Bank and Trust Co. said interest payments haven’t been made since May.

Each developer is on the hook for as much as $9.5 million, according to the lawsuit. Ten real estate and investment companies, all affiliated with the four developers, shoulder the brunt of the loans.

Mason and the others pumped millions of dollars into Hampton Island Preserve, a 4,000-acre gated community below Savannah where home lots top out at $4 million.

Anyone who watched last night’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl last night knows that he who pays the bill gets the glory. But this from the Times of London may set some to wondering whether NYC could soon have the Renmenbi Empire State Building:

Dubai was forced to swallow its pride today and rename the world’s tallest building after the ruler of Abu Dhabi – the neighbouring emirate that saved the city-state from financial collapse.

The humiliating announcement was made by Dubai’s ruler at the dazzling launch of the $1.5 billion (£930 million) Burj Dubai, which will now be known as Burj Khalifa, in honour of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates….

But the launch, which was intended to be the crowning glory of the emirate’s emergence on to the world stage, exposed the reality that Dubai’s achievements are no longer its own while Abu Dhabi is picking up the cheque.

In the past 12 months Dubai has witnessed the collapse of its once-booming property market, driving down real estate values by up to 50 per cent in 2009.

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8 comments Add your comment

Rob Vinson

January 5th, 2010
8:52 am

Rob Vinson

January 5th, 2010
8:57 am

“Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered” This is what Mason, Williams, etals should have realized prior to borrowing a ton of money that hasn’t been paid back thus far. I imagine that the corporations, LLC’s they set up will fail / die and these guys will be back up to their old ways and tricks in no time. I just hope the banks make it harder for them to get money the next time around than the last time around. Maybe they should have to be on the hook for these loans personally. The first rule in real estate 101 though is to use other peoples money.

bbb

January 5th, 2010
10:39 am

I ♥ Colbert

bleep

January 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Every so often Erickson slips into clear-headed rationality. But he always reverts to pandering & posturing to the far right–that’s his bread and butter. A guy has to make a living!

Jim

January 5th, 2010
11:29 am

As a Macon resident I find it hilarious that Erickson is such an important conservative voice. He’s an unemployed blogger and ineffective member of Macon’s city council.What a total joke.

Drooly

January 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

“Dubai was forced to swallow its pride today and rename the world’s tallest building after the ruler of Abu Dhabi – the neighbouring emirate that saved the city-state from financial collapse.”

Who knew ( or cares) that here is a difference between the two places?

WideAwake

January 6th, 2010
11:52 pm

Erik Erickson is has something in common with Faux Noise he is unfair and not balanced asked the fired anchor “Donna Fiducia was fired Friday for what Fox News called “inappropriate behavior while reading the news, Underneath Politics has learned. Ms. Fiducia couldn’t stop giggling every time she said Fox News was “Fair & Balanced.”

He lied on Linda Douglas…..

WideAwake

January 6th, 2010
11:54 pm

Erik Erickson has something in common with Faux Noise he is unfair and not balanced asked the fired anchor “Donna Fiducia was fired Friday for what Fox News called “inappropriate behavior while reading the news, Underneath Politics has learned. Ms. Fiducia couldn’t stop giggling every time she said Fox News was “Fair & Balanced.”

He lied on Linda Douglas…..