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Garamendi appears on Colbert show

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 at 9:03 am in Congressional District 10.

No one can say Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, lacks hutzpah: He appeared on superstar comedian Stephen Colbert’s show last night. Watch it here.

Colbert introduced Garamendi as the man with the “popcorn-flavored jelly beans and a name rejected as a Microsoft word font,” referring in the first example to the Jelly Belly Factory located in the 10th District.

Colbert repeatedly and mercilessly poked fun at the fact that Garamendi doesn’t actually live in the 10th District.

Colbert even proposed marriage.

“You aren’t my type,” Garamendi deadpanned. (The congressman has many attributes but funny guy isn’t one of them.)

And when Colbert asked the congressman for his “pass” to see photos of the dead Osama bin Laden, Garamendi politely declined.

By and large, Garamendi didn’t embarrass himself, which is a major accomplishment when faced with Colbert’s wildly unpredictable and over-the-top comedy.

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  • John

    It concerns me that someone feels its necessary to include “By and large, Garamendi didn’t embarass himself” in their assessment of Congressmen Garamendi’s appearance on the Colbert Show. As former Lt. Governor and Insurance Commissioner of the sixth largest economy in the world, one would think he probably knows how to handle himself in public situations.

  • Lisa Vorderbrueggen

    John,
    There are public situations and there is Stephen Colbert. Who could prepare for Stephen Colbert? The guy is an expert at embarrassing people.

  • John W

    Agreed. Lisa’s comment is no slam on Garamendi. Coming away from a guest appearance on Colbert looking cool and unembarrassed is no small feat.

    Former Republican Pennslvania governor and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was the guest last night, in his current capacity as a “consultant” to the natural gas industry. Colbert, in his own humorous way, hit Ridge with everything he could on the negatives, real and rumored, of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), including video of fire coming from a kitchen water faucet. I have to admit that Ridge came off looking great.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    The Colbert Report demonstrates the robustness of American humor.

  • Tom Benigno

    Who cares where you live as long as one knows the issues in that district. All congressional candidates know what the issues are, if they are running for a seat. The trick is to get local government to cooperate with there congressman when they are elected. Colbert has no knowledge of election process.

  • For Liberty

    Living outside of the district does not match the definition of a representative, so thus, knowing the issues and living among them each day are not the same. We have a major problem in country with the disconnection of our representatives who do live within their congressional districts.