That was quite a quotation Tuesday night from comedian Stephen Colbert on the Comedy Central Emmy and Peabody Award-winning parody news program ‘The Colbert Report’. Colbert had a photo of Columbus’ own District 39 State Representative Jeff Smith on the screen beside him as he playfully joked about the legislation presented this week by Smith and counterpart, District 37 State Representative Gary Chism. (You can view the entire skit at The Colbert Report website at www.colbertnation.com).
Colbert also made jokes about Smith’s famous handle-bar mustache, including its’ likeness to tempura shrimp (I can’t help but believe that even Jeff, himself, fell out laughing at the skit. His son Corky told The Packet last night that Jeff is taking the comedian’s jabs well and was hard at work at the capitol late into Wednesday night. RW)
The controversial bill has been featured on CNN and Huffington Post and is spreading like wildfire across the blogosphere, somewhat due in part to Smith’s distinct appearance in the lead photograph.taking the comedian’s jabs well and was hard at work at the capitol late into Wednesday night. RW)
That proposed legislation, detailed on pg.4 of this week’s Packet, would “create a committee to help neutralize federal laws and regulations ‘outside the scope of the powers of the federal government in the United states Constitution’.The committee would decide which federal laws would be enforced and which would be ignored. It’s basically an answer to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to enforce gun laws enacted by him through an executive order.
For Smith, Chism and Mississippi to gain national attention from their proposed legislation is huge within itself. Smith would do well to seize the moment and appear on some national talk shows. Packet Publisher Colin Krieger and I discussed that it would be a golden opportunity for Smith to gain some national exposure and give him a forum to explain his position on the bill. It’s our bet that people like Stephen Colbert, and many others like him, would be very surprised at the sharp, witty charm of Jeff Smith. (Doesn’t matter what the actual legislation is. RW). Jeff Smith, as I have stated many times in the past, can carry on an intelligent, fact-filled conversation with anyone – from a law professor to the Pope to President Obama to a liberal college professor – at anytime, anywhere!
In the meantime, Jeff Smith has always been a conservative…even when he was a Democrat. Now a Republican, this legislation puts his ‘Republican, Conservative, Tea Party’ stamp on his legacy for good, no doubt about it.
I suppose Mississippi is an easy target for the national media, but I can’t say anyone- including his opponents- would say Jeff Smith is stupid.0