The American Civil Liberties Union in Tennessee is hosting a “Countdown to Colbert” website devoted to counting the days until the state Legislature gets mentioned on the Comedy Channel’s show starring Steve Colbert. Robert Houk, in his weekly column, predicts there won’t be many – though on Thursday, 17 days had passed without a joke on the Tennessee Legislature. (Note: the website is HERE.)
Excerpt from Houk’s column:
It’s an effort “to raise awareness about pending legislation in Tennessee that could limit our freedoms, and to engage Tennesseans in taking a stand against the kind of bills that land us on political comedy shows,” Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-Tennessee’s executive director, said in a recent news release.
…I would wager we won’t have to wait very long before Tennessee is mentioned on a comedy show.
It’s just weeks into the session and lawmakers have already filed bills to do away with lunch breaks for service employees and allow local school boards to do their part to defend pupils from the so-called “War on Christmas.”
My money is on Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville. His skill for legislative buffoonery is unequaled in the General Assembly.
Last year, he was thoroughly lampooned on “The Daily Show” for his “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Campfield also had a memorable appearance on MSNBC, where he defended his bill to reduce welfare payments to families with a child failing in school by saying that while he doesn’t expect poor children to be “rocket surgeons,” he does believe they should be getting good grades.
It’s only a matter of time before Campfield’s antics are mentioned again on “The Colbert Report.”