The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from the war on terror to tonight's guest, Norman Ornstein.
Stephen starts off tonight's show by admiring the incredible applause from the audience and then mentions he's dedicating tonight's show to Sir Benjamin Slade, who is seeking an American to inherit his wealth. Obviously Stephen quickly volunteers to accept the man's millions of dollars.
Moving on, Stephen turns his attention to wars and how some people don't get to fight in wars because some don't get to last long enough for that to happen. The current war is unlike those, and this brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "The Long War." Stephen mentions the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, and the War on Poverty, none of which we've won. Stephen thinks the idea of the Pentagon and White House changing the name of "The War on Terror" to "The Long War" is a great idea.
Back from commercial, Stephen makes another appeal to Sir Benjamin Slade, in a bid to get his estate.
Moving on again, Stephen introduces another "All You Need To Know" segment. Stephen touches on subjects such as a supreme court decision on the military recruiting on college campuses, a study on what people remember from watching TV, fat kids, Wal-Mart's decision on carrying the morning after pill, and the Grand Theft Auto game's manufacturer's future plans.
Stephen then turns his attention to international news, but he's only got 11.6 seconds to do it, but he still manages to cover several subjects.
Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest Norman Ornstein. Since Mr. Ornstein has studied Congress, they begin their conversation by criticizing Congress for doing very little. Stephen ends the interview with a very quick exchange on the 2008 elections, which seems to see Senator McCain defeating Senator Clinton in the eyes of Stephen and Mr. Ornstein.
Tonight's episode wasn't too bad, but it also wasn't a favorite of mine. The interview with Norman Ornstein was alright, as well, but again, nothing special. Tonight's edition of "The Word" was likely the highlight, along with the tail end of the "All You Need To Know" segment.