Thursday, December 19, 2019

Meyers, Colbert, and Noah take closer looks at impeachment, the season 3 finale of 'The Worst Wing'

When I prefaced Protests for and against impeachment across Michigan on the eve of House vote and Trump's visit by writing "it's not about today's vote or comedians making fun of the event, although I'm sure I'll write about both soon," I meant it.  It's time to do both today, beginning with House Impeaches President Trump in Historic Vote: A Closer Look from Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Seth takes a closer look at President Donald Trump becoming the third president in history to be impeached.
Having to tape his show before the vote turned out to be not as much of a handicap as Meyers made out.  His prediction turned out to be an easy one, as the House voted to impeach on both counts.  Also, I thought his reading of Trump's letter and tweet was hilarious.  Since Seth has videos about both of them, I think I might just use them for Festivus as this year's airing of grievances.  For Trump, it's always Festivus.

Seth was not the only late night comedian who had the misfortune of taping his show before the vote.  Stephen Colbert did as well, as he noted in Yes, The Trump Presidency Is Just A TV Show We All Have To Live Through.

A former Trump aide likened the House impeachment vote to the season finale of a television show, insinuating that this scandal will soon be over and we'll all wake up wondering what the next season will bring.
Good thing for Stephen that he turned out to be right.  I would miss him if he retired to Margaritaville, especially since he and his writers and photo editors came up with a great meme.

This beats the hell out of "The Trump Show" or even "Our Cartoon President," which Colbert's own people have already used.  I think I'll call his administration this from now on.

On a related note, I've been thinking of Trump's presidency as a TV show for years, so I appreciate someone in the administration confirming my opinion.  At the beginning of his term, I observed on a friend's Facebook page that "Trump isn't staffing an administration; he's casting a reality show."  Last year, another friend of a friend commented that the shutdown worked as cliffhanger for the end of season 2.  Impeachment works really well as the cliffhanger for season 3.  As for season 1, that didn't end on a cliffhanger, but on a triumphant climax, at least for Trump and the Republicans, The tax bill.  I hope season 4 is the last, and ends with Trump being voted out of office.  It worked for Veep, even if it didn't end the series.

Trevor Noah had better luck, as the segment President Trump Impeached | The Daily Show was recorded after the votes.

After hours of partisan debate, the House of Representatives votes to impeach President Trump, and Michael Kosta reports from DNC headquarters where the mood is totally somber and sad.
I think Noah and his writers did a better job with Trump's tweet than Meyers, especially noting how it went through four of the five stages of grief.  The only one it missed was bargaining, which I found ironic considering that Trump is the ostensible author of "The Art of the Deal."

The other thing that Noah did better than Meyers and Colbert was observing how the Democrats in Congress might secretly feel gleeful about impeachment, as much as they wanted to portray their emotions otherwise.  Rank and file Democrats certainly feel otherwise, as evidenced by the cheering at Colbert's prognostication.  In fact, he opened his show last night with a song full of joy at the prospect of Trump being impeached, A Congressional Carol Of The Bells.

Sure, they're great at taking the President to task for his actions, but have you heard Chuck, Nancy and Jerrold sing?
Merry Impeachmas!*

*I'll have to feature Samantha Bee's take tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

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