Why are you wasting my time with Colbert, I hear you ask. Because he is representative of what too often passes for political courage, not to mention wit, in this country. His defenders -- and they are all over the blogosphere -- will tell you he spoke truth to power. This is a tired phrase, as we all know, but when it was fresh and meaningful it suggested repercussions, consequences -- maybe even death in some countries. When you spoke truth to power you took the distinct chance that power would smite you, toss you into a dungeon or -- if you're at work -- take away your office.
But in this country, anyone can insult the president of the United States. Colbert just did it, and he will not suffer any consequence at all. He knew that going in. He also knew that Bush would have to sit there and pretend to laugh at Colbert's lame and insulting jokes. Bush himself plays off his reputation as a dunce and his penchant for mangling English. Self-mockery can be funny. Mockery that is insulting is not. The sort of stuff that would get you punched in a bar can be said on a dais with impunity. This is why Colbert was more than rude. He was a bully.
I actually had someone comment to me that Colbert must have been right because after his spew-session, he was googled several thousand times.
Cheap shots from leftoid mock-heroic frauds like Susan Sarandon who breathlessly told a British newspaper her life was threatened [turned out some blogger hoped someone would do something to her] and then claim they are being persecuted---wish I had a nickel for every weak-minded celebrity claiming they are brave and daring to insult our country's elected officials.
At least the WHPA had enough class [a word that exists in left-blogging only to denote hatred, as in "class struggle" or "class war"] to maintain silence while Colbert made a fool of himself. That was classy. A class act.