By: E&P Staff
By now, members of Congress ought to know that appearing on Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment on his nightly Comedy Central program is like walking across a minefield. Some survive with their dignity intact, many don’t — like the fellow who let Colbert comb his moustache.
Thursday night’s segment produced a new “high” for the “Colbert Report” show, depending on your outlook.
Rep. Robert Wexler, a Democrat who represents the Boca Raton area in Florida, skated through the first part of the interview segment with good humor. Colbert usually poses offbeat or absurd questions and traps his guests into making revealing or just embarrassing statements.
His final approach on Thursday was to point out to Wexler that since he was basically unopposed for re-election this year he could probably say anything and it would not hurt him at all. So Colbert suggested: Now this is “just kidding,” but why don’t you say something that would normally cost you the election, even if not true– for example, that you enjoy cocaine because “it is a fun thing to do”?
Wexler laughed and amiably repeated: “Because it’s a fun thing to do.” Presumably he does not use cocaine, but he went along with the gag. Colbert, trying to get him clearly on the record, then said, no, say the whole thing, and Wexler dutifully replied: “I enjoy cocaine because it’s a fun thing to do.”
Then Colbert got him to say the same thing about seeing prostitutes– and finally that using cocaine and prostitutes at the same time was really fun.
No doubt videos are already being readied on the Web that show the exchange — without the “this is just kidding around” warning.
The segment closed with this:
COLBERT: Wow. You realize there is no amount of damage control you can do at this point.
WEXLER: That’s right.
COLBERT: We’d better finish this interview quick, because I’m not sure how long you’re going to be in Congress.