Late Night: Jon Stewart on Republican losses in Mississippi, Ohio
It's only been a year since Republicans won big in the mid-term elections, but as Jon Stewart observed on "The Daily Show" last night, American voters across the country appear to be having second thoughts about some aspects of the conservative agenda.
In Ohio, voters knocked down Gov. John Kasich's proposed union-busting law, prompting some commentators to declare "a huge victory for organized labor."
Stewart's interpretation was less optimistic. "This is what it's come to for organized labor: a huge victory means unions will be allowed to continue to exist."
In Mississippi, a state Stewart described as "so red, even its art-house movie theater plays 'Larry the Cable Guy' standup specials," voters rejected Initiative 26, a proposed constitutional amendment that would have defined life as beginning at the moment of fertilization. As Stewart joked, the amendment would have given embryos "all the rights of actual corporations."
So why was the measure roundly defeated, even in a deeply conservative place like Mississippi? "Apparently voters can oppose abortion without believing that a woman who uses an IUD is a serial killer," Stewart said.
He called the defeats "a tough night for the conservative revolution," but was skeptical of the conventional wisdom doled out by pundits on Wednesday morning: That Republican leaders had somehow over-reached.
"Are you aware of their platform?" Stewart asked facetiously. "The problem isn't conservative politicians tried to overreach, the problem is they tried to do exactly what they said they were going to do."
He ended the segment with an analogy: "It would be like drinking Red Bull, and then complaining that you got wings."
-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Jon Stewart. Credit: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press.