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MARCH 17, 2009
BY TNR STAFF
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Great interview. A cocksure Colbert, a calm, low-key, self-effacing Chait, very entertaining. And a nice plug for TNR.
March 17, 2009 at 10:44am
Sweet. And a nice set of clips from the usual suspects (plus Juan Williams). What a tool he is.
It's too bad that Jonathan wasn't quick enough to note to Colbert that, while we got The Bomb as part of World War II, we promptly dropped it on Japan, thereby completely negating that piece of economic stimulus and all those make-work jobs at Los Alamos.
March 17, 2009 at 11:09am
Terrible interview. Motormouth Stephen Colbert hardly let Jon get a word in. When he did try to make a point or two, Colbert interjected as fast as possible. Colbert is perfect for our nervous tic Twitter culture. How fondly I remember William F. Buckley Jr.'s Firing Line, where his guests would be allowed to talk and at length. Christopher Hitchens once said if you couldn't make your case on Bill Buckley's show, it was your fault. You deserve great credit for trying, J.
- liberal reformer
March 17, 2009 at 11:24am
He rolled you Jonathan. It must have been tough going against a quick wit like that. One question, why did you talk like you were holding an invisible loaf of bread in your hands?
March 17, 2009 at 11:41am
In case you missed him on The Colbert Report last night , watch TNR senior editor Jonathan Chait supplement
March 17, 2009 at 11:59am
Fie to you naysayers. Chait did just fine. Worth remembering that this isn't actually "Firing Line," and adjusting expectations accordingly. Compared to the average Colbert short-form guest, Chait hit a two-run triple. Not quite knocked-out-of-the-park, but close. And when Colbert interjects, remember that he's doing so to satirize the arguments against the guest. Chait's spot on Colbert was pure gravy. Nicely done, sir!
March 17, 2009 at 12:48pm
I thought Jon did as good as he could, given it's his first shot, and the time constraints. But I think there were opportunities to join Colbert in rolling conservatives that Chait missed by being too earnest.
If Jon would have sat back in his chair and let Colbert toss out the slams (conservatives rewriting history...and letting the facts catch up to the revisions..that was damn funny) and Chait roll with them, I think the interview would have been a tad smoother. Otherwise, nice job Jon.
March 17, 2009 at 3:13pm
Appropos of late-night comedy shows, did anyone catch Bill Maher's somewhat awkward but also sort of adorable and funny on-camera date with Sarah Silverman last Friday?
March 17, 2009 at 5:35pm
Tonight, our very own Jonathan Cohn will talk health care reform with the sexiest fake conservative on
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