John Robert Lewis spars – kind of – with Stephen Colbert

Just in case you missed U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ appearance last night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report:”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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td

June 5th, 2012
11:05 am

John Lewis is so out of touch that it is sad. Nice man and a true believer but if he can not tell he is being used as a punch line then how can he represent the American people in Congress.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

June 5th, 2012
11:15 am

Kind of like the way all y’all pretend not to get Congressman Johnson’s sense of humor when he talks about Guam tipping over…

honested

June 5th, 2012
11:15 am

td,

Representative Lewis, by virtue of being a nice man and a true believer is head and shoulders above many of our Congressional Representatives (numbers 1,6,7,9,13 come to mind).

Whether the Representatives of those Districts I mentioned know it or not, they ARE the punchline keeping GA at the bottom every day.

Centrist

June 5th, 2012
11:20 am

John Lewis is an unannounced socialist, long past his prime, in a minority party of the House, and a non-factor. I have met him and like him personally – he just should retire gracefully now that the House is in solidly in Republican hands. His district will ALWAYS be represented by a very liberal Democrat (socialist).

td

June 5th, 2012
11:24 am

honested

June 5th, 2012
11:15 am

That is your opinion but at least the representatives you mentioned do not come off as looking to be clueless on TV.

Weetamoe

June 5th, 2012
11:27 am

I heard Johnson’s Guam remarks straight from the congressman’s mouth. That was no humor. That was stupidity. Wish I could sign the ballot petition for McKinney more than twice.

Patrick

June 5th, 2012
11:27 am

John Robert Lewis= True American Hero.

Deb A

June 5th, 2012
11:28 am

Sorry TD I don’t feel he is out of touch at all nor and punchline. He is my congressman and I am proud to have him.

20/20

June 5th, 2012
11:29 am

honested…Allow me to dust off that old Delta slogan, “Delta is ready when you are.” I suggest first, stop your rental lease and move to California, or, try Illinois, or, maybe that bastion of liberalism and freedom of thought, ad nauseum, (and socialism), New York. Maryland is moving up fast as a state that will take as much of your earnings (you DO HAVE earnings, don’t you?) as possible. If you would like more, there are more but not quite as socially and politically in tune with your ideology.

td

June 5th, 2012
11:34 am

Deb A

June 5th, 2012
11:28 am

I listened to him at the GT graduation ceremony in Jan and then watched the clip above and I am sorry but he has lost it and should retire.

Faaarrr Right

June 5th, 2012
11:45 am

to quote: “…they ARE the punchline keeping GA at the bottom every day.”
Ha. some “bottom: Georgia has moved from 15th. to 8th.(2012 Estim.) largest state. Yep, some bottom!

honested

June 5th, 2012
11:49 am

td,

I can safely say that ‘coming off as clueless on TV’ and ‘Every Congressional Representative from GA with an ‘r’ by their name’ are always to be found in the same sentence.

GaBlue

June 5th, 2012
11:50 am

I agree with honested at 11:15. Head ans shoulders above most of them.

For those of y’all who have trouble understanding Rep. Johnson’s comment about Guam:

met·a·phor [met-uh-fawr, -fer] noun
1. a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” Compare mixed metaphor, simile 2. something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.

I know some of you struggle with abstract concepts like metaphors, but they are perfectly acceptable among the educated. Bless your hearts.

honested

June 5th, 2012
11:50 am

20/20

I’ve lived here long enough to remember when the morons in charge of this State were in the other party.

I just hope to live here long enough for folks to wake up and see what a local, state and national disaster they present in terms of leadership.

Mark M.

June 5th, 2012
11:52 am

Would someone post the gist of Brother Lewis’s remarks? I tried but after about 2 minutes I was suddenly seized by a severe barf attack and had to rush to the bathroom.

GaBlue

June 5th, 2012
11:54 am

Somebody get Mark a cool rag, please. Cowards often puke in the presence of heroes.

DannyX

June 5th, 2012
12:00 pm

“That is your opinion but at least the representatives you mentioned do not come off as looking to be clueless on TV.”

You have got to be kidding!! Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has, by far, been the most clueless Georgia politician on tv! It ain’t even close!

Westmoreland appearance on The Colbert Report a few years back was a total embarrassment.

Westmoreland, the co-sponsor of a bill which would have required that the Ten Commandments be displayed in both the House and the Senate could only name 3 of the Ten Commandments!

td is making things up again.

Marlboro Man

June 5th, 2012
12:10 pm

Like Romney knows what a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk costs, now there’s someone who has been out of touch his whole rich sheltered life. Lewis has had a long career and deserves respect no matter what.

Centrist

June 5th, 2012
12:10 pm

The other unnamed socialist inner city Rep. Johnson is also past his prime. His office originally claimed his Guam tipping comment was due to medication he was taking. Only later did his team come up with the hollow “metaphor” excuse. Again, he should retire and let a more astute socialist take his place to represent the district with so many uneducated and non-producing voters.

Ray Brent Marsh

June 5th, 2012
12:12 pm

Faaarr Right: The bottom that the previous poster referred to was not one related to population numbers. It was a figurative statement based on our state’s shameful performance in areas including infant mortality (9th highest in the nation), incarceration rates (8th highest), poverty (number 37 in average income), and unemployment (one of the highest rates in the country). On top of that, the Center for Public Integrity recently named us the most corrupt state in the nation. This is the Georgia that craven, small-minded Republicans have shaped… we would be much better off with more elected officials like John Lewis.

DannyX

June 5th, 2012
12:19 pm

Socialist? Who you calling socialist?

Rep. Tom Graves? Recieves a $2 million loan he admits he could never pay back, defaults on the loan causing the bank to go under forcing the federal government to make up the losses?

Rep. Austin Scott? Recieves generous benefits from the federal government, “Because its FREE!”?

Where can i get one of those $2 million no collateral loans anyway?

Mark M.

June 5th, 2012
12:20 pm

GABLUE -”Cowards often puke in the presence of heroes”
I would pay a fortune to see you in front of Ronald Reagan or a real hero. Head in a toilet so as to not spatter all over the place! If Brother Lewis is a “hero,’ you’d best duck quickly as one of the thousands of pigs will hit you while they fly by your house. I did, however, take your advice on a cool rag. It’s pretty hot where I am now in south Georgia..

WOW

June 5th, 2012
12:33 pm

@ Mark M

Are you seriously debating whether John Lewis is a true hero? Then you need your head examined. Reagan was a President, but I don’t recall him being beaten and jailed for a cause greater than him? Get real.

Centrist

June 5th, 2012
12:36 pm

Georgia has always been a relatively poor agricultural state with a low educational level and high in poverty – true for many decades under Democrat party control and still so under the Republicans.

The Center for Public Integrity is a left wing darling supported by leftist organizations and individuals (think Soros) who favor liberal policies and/or actively oppose conservative political causes as reported by both the liberal New York and Los Angeles Times. It is disregarded by non-partisans.

DannyX

June 5th, 2012
12:37 pm

“I would pay a fortune to see you in front of Ronald Reagan or a real hero.”

Ronald Reagan a real hero?

He gave amnesty to 22 million Mexicans.
He tripled the deficit, “deficits don’t matter.”
He expanded socialist Medicare.
He expanded the earned income credit, helping 47% of all workers become exempt from federal taxes.
He created more big government by creating the Veterans Administration.
He raised taxes repeatedly.

This is your Republican hero? More like a Rhino, Republican Hero In Name Only.

20/20

June 5th, 2012
12:39 pm

honested at 11:50am; Well, common ground after all. I agree with you 100%. BOTH parties are not capable of governing this state – at least those who have been elected into office. As a conservative I am disappointed in the shenanigans of those Republicans who have taken over the helm. Could the Democrats do any better? Perhaps so..but don’t count on it.
And yes, I have lived in GA long enough to have seen both parties lavish goodies on and with each other; that’s not a one-party domain. Having said all this I do believe that two wrongs (each party in control at various times) do not make a right. In the upcoming 11/6 election I intend to vote against every incumbent that is in State and Federal governments. Truth be known, I do agree with the Democrats on some issues. That, my friend, is a sacrilege in my area of the universe! There are numbskulls in both parties but I will submit that both of the representatives of GA’s 4th. District (Hank and his predecessor, the “Moonbat”) have exhibited brain-dead tendencies more often than the Republicans – as bad as they are.

Auntie Christ

June 5th, 2012
12:52 pm

WOW: Reagan was a President, but I don’t recall him being beaten and jailed for a cause greater than him? Get real.

I’ll have you know raygun played a hero on tv and movies lots of times. Of course he and another rightie icon marion smith (aka john wayne) avoided military service as long as they could right in the heat of WWII before the studios finally made them join for PR reasons. That is the rightie modus operandi, talk tough and get someone else to carry the big stick in case there is conflict.

Faaarrr Right

June 5th, 2012
12:54 pm

OOPS!! I take it back, RAY BRENT MARSH..I had no ideas what an idealistic, utopian, Garden of Eden this state was before the Republicans took over. Who would have thought? In a scant 25 years, +/-, or less, the Republicans ruined GA – a perfect example of a paradise on earth from 1736 until the 1980’s. Give ‘em credit, however; they undid a perfected political system and replaced it with a corrupt one. Does that qualify as a “OUR BAD?”

AND, if you have any examples of some of Bro. Lewis’ accomplishments in Congress, please spell them out. I’ve wasted too much time already trying to find him among the “most accomplished members of Congress.

I think I remember someone’s blog earlier that Bro. Lewis has the ignominious distinction of having spent more (100.58%+) than his allotted expense budget for his office in 2011. Matter of fact, all of the top 10 spendthrifts (excess of budget amounts spent) were, ahem, Democrats – nary a Republican among that number.

honested

June 5th, 2012
12:57 pm

centrist (of whatever universe where your views might occasionally be considered in the ‘center’),

Now that you have enlightened us to one organization that you personally tend to discredit, tell us all about others: (including parethetical expressions for people who want to cut to the chaste)

CREW (honest and accurate)
ALEC (dishonest and inaccurate)
Heartland Institute (dishonest, inaccurate and misleading)
AIM (discredits the use of the word ‘accuracy in their name’)

Or just tell us who it is in ‘centerland’ that you believe clear thinking individuals should trust?

GaBlue

June 5th, 2012
12:58 pm

Real Hero? I guess definitions vary.

Even our WAR heroes are deployed to their missions armed with Kevlar, weapons, and the training and directive to kill those who attack them. They are surrounded by their Brothers in Arms. Sure, they’re scared. But they’re ARMED.

John Lewis set forth on his mission armed only with his conviction to stand up to tyranny, his faith in God, and the training to pursue a non-violent path to freedom. He knew he could well get his head bashed in, though he never raised a fist to anyone. I can only imagine what it felt like walking purposefully toward ARMED men whose intent was to inflict injury or death, and in many cases, succeeded. Why did he do something that scary? Because he held true to the principles of freedom and equality his government espoused but refused to enforce.

Hero.

honested

June 5th, 2012
1:09 pm

faaaarrrrr wrong,

Wrong again.

The ‘r’ party took a situation that was on the upswing (against the ’shrub tide’) in 2002 and redirected into an immediate and persistent downward spiral with full effects in less than 10 years.

When Georgians awaken from their misguided nightmare that the function of government is do decide how many guns you can carry into church, at what moment of gestation do we give a zygote a Social Security Card and how much we can starve our Public Schools while patting ourselves on the back for being appropriately frugal and BEHAVE AS CITIZENS then I guess we will begin cleaning up the mess. Much like President Obama did beginning in January of 2009.

honested

June 5th, 2012
1:11 pm

farrrrr wrong,

And one need look no further back than former Speaker nut getrich to see just how extravagant a Congressperson can be with taxpayers money on their own staff allotment.

td

June 5th, 2012
1:35 pm

Hero or non hero is not the point. The point is he no longer holds the intellectual prowess to continue to represent his district.

Auntie Christ

June 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

Hero or non hero is not the point. The point is he no longer holds the intellectual prowess to continue to represent his district.

The point is, his constituents think he does, and they, not anonymous commenters on a blog, determine who represents then. If you want to start listing representatives lacking in intellectual prowess, we will go back and forth well into the next day. Think louie gohmert,r-texas probably the dumbest man on the planet, followed closely by representatives king of Iowa and king of NY.

honested

June 5th, 2012
1:56 pm

Auntie Christ,

Any discussion of limited intellectual firepower in the Congress will always have to include the Current Award Winner of ‘Dimmest Bulb in Congress’, paul broun!

td

June 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

Auntie Christ

June 5th, 2012
1:52 pm

“The point is, his constituents think he does, and they, not anonymous commenters on a blog, determine who represents then.”

Says a great deal about his constituents intelligence level but I agree 100% with you that it is ultimately their decision.

Going Right

June 5th, 2012
2:39 pm

Anti-Christ: your blog: “…goin reich. Is there some point to your dunbmass rant? Or was this your assigned typing homework from your junior high typing class?”

Response: (a) As I’ve said before in replies to your vacuous diatribes, at least I have an IQ above plant life. You are incredibly ignorant and spew your inane hyperbole about as if you were the Oracle of “Political Insider.”
(b) You wouldn’t understand satire if it bit you in the a$$;
(c) actually, my ‘typing’ assignment (yes, I did take typing in high school) was “Abstract Minutia.”

Of particular was th chapter I wrote on, “How to debate those with hollow craniums.” It’s interesting. If you wish, post your email and I get a copy over to you for possible mental enhancement. No guarantees, though.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 5th, 2012
3:50 pm

After seeing our Congressman on “The Colbert Report” I was moved so deeply by his living truth that I must now withdraw the call I’ve been making to have him ousted from office for his failure to speak out on Bush’s and Cheney’s 9/11 treason.

As Black and White true Americans, “whigs,” we all know History can turn on a single individual, by G-d.

Putting Bush and Cheney on the gallows may just not be an honor Mr. Lewis is to have bestowed on him in this life.

He demonstrated on the show he yet has the capacity to shine forth the Spirit of America.

Atlanta – and Georgia, America’s Finest – is honored to keep him Elect.

TruthBe

June 5th, 2012
5:27 pm

First of all his voting district is almost made up of all Blacks. They will always vote for him because he’s black and a former civil rights pioneer. Today this man John Lewis is a joke and a liar.
Remember the false statement about being called names and split on. John Lewis hasn’t ever made a vote of his own, he’s ALWAYS voted for bills that his master the DNC has told him to vote for. John Lewis a real socialist democrat that will never get off the Democrat’s plantation.

honested

June 5th, 2012
6:19 pm

truth be (uttered by other people)

One can only be thankful that Congressman Lewis is unlikely to leave the ‘Democrat’s Plantation’.
I’m sure he will always be welcome.

As for ‘his voting district is almost made up of all Blacks’, well flip that over. I guess since westmoreland’s district is made up of mostly (dense) white people, that explains why we get a (dense) white person from that district.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 6th, 2012
1:35 am

Would that Mr. Lewis were a socialist in keeping with Our Nation’s Creed and Adam Smitth’s moral philosophy of capitalism by which G-d blessed us from our anointed founding. If he were he would never support the Roman Anti-Christ’s organized invasion for conquest of liberal, Jeffersonian, whig America, through the toleration, promotion, or protection of illegal immigration.