Colbert Nation

The one hour timeslot from 11 pm to midnight on Comedy Central is truly the must-see TV of 2006. Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show has been joined by Stephen Colbert’s the Colbert Report, which is satire at its best. Both are obviously anti-administration, so it was surprising to hear that Colbert was slated to be on the lineup for the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, which is an event especially for the press corps that covers the White House and includes the sitting President in on the fun. I was bummed to have missed the event shown live on C-Span, but leave it to the internet to have the worthwhile clips to show up the next day.

Already the blogsosphere is buzzing with “Colbert” scoring the top ranked search and the number 5 most-tagged blog entry at Technorati. His half-hour routine, which can be seen here at You Tube, part 1, part 2, part 3 and the transcript shows why it has been a popular topic. Not only does he go straight for the President (while he’s sitting two seats down), but also to the press that is often perceived to be too soft on this administration.

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