More Friday Fun: “Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop”

How does an incumbent stay in office? First off, don’t have any issues. Let’s take a look at Congressman Rick Larsen’s website as an example. Larsen currently represents Washington state’s CD2. You will note a fundraising link, a contact link, pictures, press and all that other normal campaign site stuff at his campaign tube. What you won’t see is an issues page.

Fortunately, Stephen Colbert dug into the issues a bit so we can have a deeper understanding of why voters should vote for or against the candidate. Let’s take a look at immigration:

Colbert: What do you think of the proposed wall between the United States and Canada?

Larsen: I don’t support it.

Colbert: So you don’t believe that we should secure our borders.

Larsen: Yes, I believe we should secure our borders.

Colbert: How do we secure our borders without a wall?

Let’s fast forward to marijuana policy:

Colbert: Your state is one of the few that has a medical marijuana program,” Colbert said to Congressman Rick Larsen, from Washington.

Larsen: Uh huh, that’s right.

Colbert: Are you high right now?

Rep. I am not, nor have I ever been.

Colbert: I didn’t ask that part. You jumped to that pretty quickly. Seems like he doth protest too much. Are you going to tell me you didn’t kill anyone next? ‘I don’t know where the murder weapon is.’ That’s what that sounded like to me.

Larsen: I can understand what you’re saying.

Colbert: Can you? Because sometimes it can impair your hearing if you smoke dope.

You’ll have to watch the video below to catch Larsen’s view(s) on the Patriot Act, but here’s a teaser: “Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.”

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • ianbernard

    Heh.. I really enjoy these clips. Americans are laughing at the fools in Washington. Now, all we have to do is convince them that they are as dangerous as they are stupid, and help them realize that putting their friends into office will not solve the problems…

  • http://donsobservs.blogspot.com/ Don Bangert

    I live in Washington’s 2nd district… and I’m so ashamed.

    That was a pretty funny piece, though. I wrote a brief post on this which can be read at:
    http://donsobservs.blogspot.com/2006/07/know-district.html

  • Julian

    Rick Larsen is so stupid and out of touch with voters he did not even know what happened to him. He must represent a really dumb voter district. On second thought, most districts are full of dumb voters. How else can one explain the dumb laws passed by dumb politicians everywhere whether it be Pueblo, CO or Washington, DC.

    I thought I had the dumbest Congressman, John Salazar. I guess I am wrong.

  • Nancy Ging

    As a 2nd CD WA resident, I think the fact that Rep. Larsen subjected himself to a Colbert interview, knowing full well that Colbert makes everyone look ridiculous no matter what they say, shows that Larsen doesn’t take himself over-seriously. I applaud him for that.

    However, your statement about the lack of an issues page on his web site is fair criticism, and I’ve talked with him about the need to change that on more than one occasion.