wow, stephen colbert really laid into the RNC on the daily show tonight. because i'm incredibly dorky, here's the transcription (J is jon stewart and S is stephen)...
J: what'd you make of last night's focus on 9/11?
S: well, remember john, 9/11 and it's aftermath bring to mind a time of unprecedented national unity, when from the crucible of an unthinkable tragedy, there arose a steely patriotism, transcending ideology and partisanship. that stuff kills in the swing states. those nascar dads suck it down in a feeding tube.
J: so you had no problem with it?
S: john, i found it crass-tastic. the message was delivered by republican's most popular figures, john mccain and rudolph giuliani, two men of bravery and leadership, qualities the president would very much like associated with him.
J: what is tonight's theme?
S: tonight, they took last night's theme ("a bush victory would bring closure to the 9/11 families") and built on it with a theme of compassion. we heard from widows, orphans, the enfeebled, the limb-less, all raising their voices in support of the president, whose compassion, like the olympics, triumphantly springs forth every 4 years. you see, it all goes with the overall theme for this convention: "a time of unmitigated gall."
J: but stephen, to be fair, aren't all political conventions manipulative?
S: no. john, to call this convention manipulative would be to call marcel marceau a little quiet. these people are artists, operating at the peak of their abilities. take for example thursday night's theme: "fuck you, what are you going to do about it?"
J: that can't be right, stephen, that sounds absolutely awful!
S: yeah, but... ya know, fuck us, what are we going to do about it?