Daily Show on 7-13-04: Delayed Election?

Lisa Rein has put up some great clips from last week’s Daily Show segment on the possibility of delayed or suspended elections due to terrorism fears.

Daily Show - election suspension
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Excerpt from the show after the jump.

[Daily Show studio]
Jon Stewart: Yes, they’re planning on launching an attack to disrupt our democratic process. It’s scary, I know, but we’re not gonna let al Qaida tell us what to do. In fact, our government has decided if al Qaida tried to disrupt our democratic process, we are going to respond, by disrupting it first. [audience laughter]

[On-screen image of Newsweek]
Stewart [voice-over]: This week’s Newsweek reports DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, recently sent a letter to Tom Ridge urging him to make contingency plans in the event of a terrorist attack on or right before election day. In response, Ridge has asked the Justice Department to see what legal steps the federal government could take to postpone the election.

[Daily Show studio]
Stewart: Just floatin’ it out there. [audience laughter] Ehh, a little trial-balloon. Spit-ballin’ the idea… that the president of the United States could under certain certain circumstances… uhhh, declare himself caesar. [audience laughter] But, before we overreact, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice was on Wolf Blitzer last night, and I’m sure she’s got a perfectly good explanation as to why the departments of Justice and Homeland Security are looking into suspending elections they have no jurisdiction over.

[CNN Wolf Blitzer on 7-12-04]
Wolf Blitzer: Alright uh, well I just asked the question, because there is this formal request for these contingency plans. Which has generated some concern.
Condoleeza Rice: Wolf, I don’t know where that comes from. Ah, the Department of Homeland Security and our Justice Department uh, are not certain where this, this has come from, and exactly what people are talking.

[Daily Show studio]
Stewart: [audience laughter] You don’t know where it comes from? Oh, okay. Lemme fill you in. [images in 1/4 news screen] This guy here is DeForest Soaries, he heads the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission. Uh, your boss appointed him. Here they are together. [audience laughter] Okay, then he wrote a letter to another guy [Ridge] (I believe your boss appointed that guy too), who contacted the Justice Department [Ashcroft] and uh… that’s where it came from. I… [audience laughter] I can see why you’re confused. I mean, this is a question of national security, and you’re only the uh, National Security Advisor. [audience laughter]

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