The Colbert Report

Season 4 Episode 17

Jacob Weisberg

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Feb 04, 2008 on Comedy Central
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Jacob Weisberg
Tonight Stephen welcomes Slate editor in chief Jacob Weisberg, author of The Bush Tragedy.

Also, Stephen talks with Tony Campolo, author of Red Letter Christians, about the Chrisitian right's influence on politics.

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      • Stephen Colbert: Well, you say that there could be still a happy ending for this tragedy which is rare for tragedies.
        Jacob Weisberg: I do?
        Stephen Colbert: Well, you say there's a possibility that people could be wrong and something good could come of Iraq.
        Jacob Weisberg: Well, I think the damage can be mitigated. I don't think the decision can be vindicated because it was a false premise.
        Stephen Colbert: Even if it's a success?
        Jacob Weisberg: Well, how can it be a success? It would be a success if it got less bad but I don't think you can ever make the argument that it was a good decision to go in.
        Stephen Colbert: I can make that argument because we still have the domino theory to play out. Once Iraq becomes a thriving democracy, all the other despotic states in the Middle East will topple.
        Jacob Weisberg: When that happens, nobody will be happier than I will be.

      • Jacob Weisberg: Well, he accepted this conservative critique of his father, that his father was a failed president because he raised taxes, because he left Saddam in power.
        Stephen Colbert: That is true. He should have driven all the way to Baghdad, taken Saddam out, and then we wouldn't have the situation we have right now. We would have the situation we have right now but eight years older.
        Jacob Weisberg: He would have left no opportunity for his son to complete his unfinished business.

      • Jacob Weisberg: And then he had this revelation and he said, "I can be the opposite of my father," and then he took that principle a little too far.
        Stephen Colbert: He became the opposite of his father by becoming a politician and then president. He really got as far away from his father as he possibly could.

      • Stephen Colbert: The truth is that marriage is in trouble in this country because gays are threatening us.
        Tony Campolo: No, it's because the heterosexuals are getting divorces. The gays want to get married. That's the reality…all they really want are the same rights, good or bad, that the rest of us enjoy. Don't get me wrong. I am not affirming a particular lifestyle. I am in fact standing for all the rights and privileges that all Americans should enjoy.

      • Stephen Colbert: Do you believe in Leviticus where it says that gay people should be stoned?
        Tony Campolo: …It's not that kind of stoned.
        Stephen Colbert: Pot? They should get high? Marijuana is a gateway drug. First this and then gay.

      • Stephen Colbert: The Christian right is this monolith that cannot be crossed.
        Tony Campolo: But there's a whole gang of us. They're emerging. They're called Red-Letter Christians...and we are totally committed to it.

      • Stephen: Mitt Romney seems to be a favorite of conservative Christians this time around because as a Mormon, he is Christian-ish.

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      • This show features a special crossover between The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien with cameos of the respective shows' hosts purporting to fight each other (Conan vs. Jon and Stephen).

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