A Bad Performance From Stephen Colbert AND Zoe Lofgren

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Published September 24, 2010

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Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert appeared and "testified," Friday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration. The comedian appeared as an "expert" witness on the plight of migrant farm workers at the express invitation of the subcommittee's chairwoman, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). 

His "testimony' was an embarrassment to himself, his country, the Congress and the entire issue of immigration reform. It amounted to nothing more than a bad comedic monologue.

Although I find Colbert funny at times on Comedy Central, I found nothing entertaining about his "performance" before Congress this week.

Democrats have a long history of a cult-like attraction and fascination with Hollywood celebrities. It is really quite pitiful. But this latest brush with "celebrity" is beyond the pale.

There is a big difference between courting celebrities to attend political fundraisers and rallies and allowing celebrities to mock government at the invitation of politicians charged with solving the nation's problems -- not creating Congressional carnival sideshows.

During the Clinton years, the White House's Lincoln and Queen Room bedrooms were nothing more than Hollywood's equivalent of a Ritz-Carlton hotel. There was almost never a vacancy. According to publicintregrity.org the White House "Inn" was abuzz with glitterati including,  but limited to, Chevy Chase, Ted Danson, Danny DeVito, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Buffet, Will Smith, Steven Spielberg, Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and others.

To allow comedian Colbert to appear before Congress "in character" only serves to mock our legislative process. To make fun of migrant workers and the issue of illegal immigration amounts to gross incompetence and dereliction of duty.

The behavior the Congresswoman Lofgren and Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has brought great disgrace upon the Congress. Both should resign their chairmanships immediately.

Perhaps the only way to explain Democrats' fascination with entertainers is that they see politics as "show business."

The Democrats' latest brazen act of stupidity is yet another example of why they need to be thrown out of power by the people on November 2.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of Politics and Public Policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to the Fox News Opinion.

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