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The Colbert Report

Season 5 Episode 32

Steven Johnson

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Mar 05, 2009 on Comedy Central
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Steven Johnson
Tonight Stephen welcomes the author of The Invention of Air, Steven Johnson. Also, Stephen talks with Jim Cramer about how to make people feel better about the economy.
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      • Stephen: Tonight: The Obama administration goes after pundits. John King, set your magic screen to stun. And my guest Steven Johnson has a book called The Invention of Air. I hope he doesn't hold the patent or I owe that guy a lot of money. I retain all my vitamins because I am always steamed. This is the Colbert Report.

      • Stephen: First up, Rush Limbaugh had some harsh words for Barack Obama at last Saturday's CPAC convention:

        [Video: Rush Limbaugh: Aside from the bastardization of the Constitution that the Obama plans are. That TARP is. It's not constitutional.]

        Stephen: Rush is right. The TARP plan is about as constitutional as it is Obama's plan. And Rush understands bastardizing the Constitution.

        [Video: Rush: We believe that the preamble to the Constitution contains and inarguable truth, that we are all endowed by out creator with certain inalienable rights among them life….liberty, freedom….and the pursuit of happiness.]

        Stephen: Of course life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness is not in the preamble to the Constitution, it's in the Declaration of Independence. And it does not contain the word freedom, which is my I'm giving a tip of my hat to Rush Limbaugh for changing the Constitution. The liberals all want it to be a living document, well Rush just took it one step further and made it a wikipedia entry. He does not care what the Constitution says, which is the final proof that he is true leader of the Republican Party.

      • Stephen: Next up is pundit and former Colmes wrangler Sean Hannity, who on Tuesday night had this to say about Rush Limbaugh.

        [Video: Sean Hannity: Rush is by far the most articulate, defining voice of conservatism in America today…The most articulate voice of Reagan conservatism in the country….Rush is a powerful voice…I would argue that Rush is the leader of the conservative movement in the country….I know him, I'm friends with him, he's a gracious, gracious man….he's the leader in radio…]

        Stephen: All true, but you know these days you only hear gushy praise and shameless groveling like that right after somebody pissed off Rush. Which is why I'm issuing a theoretically wag of my finger to Sean Hannity for whatever he must have said about Rush Limbaugh. I mean, to warrant obsequious crack licking like that, he must have said something terrible. I mean something like: The vacuum in Republican leadership has allowed a mean spirited, lard assed talk radio mind corpse to become the defacto leader which is turning an already crippled party into a bickering laughingstock. Hypothetical shame on you Hannity! Wrong!

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