Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), during a clearly uncomfortable interview on the Colbert Report, was pushed into a tight corner when questioned about a bill he co-sponsored requiring the display of the ten commandments in the House of Representatives and Senate. Link to Crooks & Liars video (via ):
Stephen Colbert: You co-sponsored a bill requiring the display of the ten commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland: mmm-hmm.
Colbert: Why was that important to you?
Westmoreland: Well, the ten commandments is not a bad thing for people to understand and to respect.
Colbert: I’m with ya.
Westmoreland: Where better place could you have something like that than in a judicial building, or in a courthouse?
Colbert: That is a very good question. Can you think of any better building to put the ten commandments in, than in a public building?
Westmoreland: No. I think that if we were totally without ’em we may lose a sense of our direction.
Colbert: What are the ten commandments?
Westmoreland: What are all of em? You want me to name ’em all?
Colbert: Yes, please.
Westmoreland: Hmmmm [looking at ceiling]… [Colbert holds up hands for counting]… Don’t murder… Don’t lie… Don’t steal… Uhhhhh…. I can’t name ’em all.
It’s an anti-idiotarian campaign ad in the making folks.