The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 54

Senator John McCain

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Apr 24, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Senator John McCain
Tonight, presidential candidate Senator John McCain.

Jon begins the show with a look at the continuing battle in Washington D.C. over funding for the war and the use of timetables in a segment called "Mess O'Potomac". Finally, Jon talks with 1st term President Bush and 2nd term Bush using past clips of the President that seemingly contradict one another.moreless

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  • Jon usually patronizes the guest so as not to offend them, but tonight I thought he let McCain really have it.

    I doubt there will be a 10th appearance by McCain anytime soon. I'm glad Jon didn't placate McCain and keep the interview on a not so serious tone. I don't think I've seen Jon this tough on a guest. Makes sense, don't want to offend too many people so that they don't come back to the show or scare off any other potential guests. But he couldn't get away with that tonight. After all the propaganda McCain spews for the Bush administration and the so-called McCain straight talk express, Jon had to let him have it tonight. Especially after that b.s. about the market in Baghdad being safe to walk around in. And McCain didn't hold back either, telling Jon he had a nice IED to plant under his desk as a gift. Nice! At the end McCain couldn't jump away from his seat any faster. There's no way McCain is going anywhere in the coming election if anything he said on tonight's show is any indication. Short of the Sunni's and Shiites coming together in relative peace and harmony in the next year or so, McCain doesn't have a chance. I digress though. I wish Jon was tough on guests like he was McCain tonight more often. It was good to see him not letting McCain get away with anything and I hope to see more of this as we head into the 2008 election.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This episode marks the 9th time Senator McCain has appeared on the show, more than any other guest in the history of the show.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • John McCain: Bill Russell, a famous philosopher of the Boston Celtics once said, "When things go bad things go bad." The war was terribly mismanaged. It was terribly mismanaged.
      Jon Stewart: But let them be honest with us. Why attack people that question that?
      John McCain: We are where we are now. We are where we are now. And then the question is can we give this strategy a chance, and I'm emphasizing a chance to succeed, with a great general?
      Jon Stewart: Why should we? Why?
      John McCain: Because the consequences of failure are enormous.
      Jon Stewart: If the architects that built a house without any doors or windows don't admit that that's the house they built and continue to say "No, it's your fault" for not being able to see into it, then I don't understand how we're supposed to move forward?
      John McCain: I was the most severe critic of that architect for the nearly four years that we employed a failed and flawed strategy that's caused us to sacrifice so much. And so I think now, give us a chance.

    • Jon Stewart: (to John McCain) Tonight, you and I go mano-e-somewhat-less-of-a-mano.

    • (referring to McCain's trip to a safe Baghdad market)
      John McCain: I had something really picked out for you too, it's a nice little IED to put under your desk.
      Jon Stewart: That's very lovely of you, thank you. That's why we have the dogs here.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Moment of Zen: Two clips showing second term President Bush talking about not having a timetable for the war & than first term Bush telling Saddam he has 48 hours to leave Iraq.


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