So Rush Limbaugh thinks that CBS is declaring a “war on the heartland” by choosing Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman.
Give me a break.
According to Rush, CBS’s selection of Colbert is somehow an affront on all my fellow Midwesterners. Does he really think we’re all that sensitive that we don’t know what he’s doing when in character? Does he think we can’t take the joke?
I am among many conservatives who watch and enjoy Stephen Colbert. I get that he’s trying to make conservatives look stupid. Does that mean I agree with him? No. But that doesn’t mean that I’m so thin skinned that I’ll march in the streets and demand his ouster before he’s even began.
Actually, that’s a more “liberal” or “progressive” way of handling things. Can you imagine a television program with a Colbert like character aimed at those folks? It wouldn’t make it past the opening week before all the protests and online petitions forced it off the air. No doubt, conservatives are freedom loving free speech people unlike those “tolerant” people on the left who couldn’t even take a compliment leveled their way if they sensed it was somehow meant to insult them.
Let’s not be like those people.
The truth is that Les Moonves and CBS made a brilliant choice. Stephen Colbert is a very smart comedian. I think he’s hilarious, and I’ve personally been the victim of his “conservatives are morons” humor.
Years ago, I appeared on his show and gave a rather long winded football analogy to explain Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Colbert instantly jumped on it and teased me by turning it into a similar analogy for Star Wars. It was hilarious.
I’ll admit Chelsea Handler was my first pick to replace Letterman. I’d love to see a woman take on the guys in late night. Still, I’m a huge fan of Colbert, and I believe he’ll do a great job.
If you watch Colbert, you’ll notice that while we all know his shtick is to make fun of conservatives, he actually gets in plenty of funny shots at the left. He’s been successful keeping that sort of balance. We really don’t know what his show will look like until we tune in.
Rush Limbaugh makes money serving red meat to right wing conservatives. That’s fine. Obviously, he’s made a fortune doing it. I just think making an extreme statement that “war” is being declared on the heartland is so over the top that it sounds downright looney.
I’m a huge Letterman fan. I hate to see a fellow Hoosier move on. But I will definitely be watching Colbert. Nobody knows if he’ll be king of late night, but he’s definitely king of clever and that by itself is well worth watching.