Stephen Colbert nails Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on the Ten Commandments.

Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland wants to have the Ten Commandments on display in the House of Representatives and the Senate and has cosponsored a bill to make it happen. Stephen asks him about the legislation and then asks him to recite them from memory. Westmoreland gets the three big ones and then can’t recall the rest. It’s a priceless moment that reveals Westmoreland’s hypocrisy perfectly:

27 thoughts on “Stephen Colbert nails Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on the Ten Commandments.

  1. Saw this last night. Heelarious.

    I can’t believe how dumb these guys are to not know what the hell Colbert will do to them…either that or to know and to sit there and still look like a dumbass.

  2. Wow, just wow.

    “The ten commandments is… is not a bad thing for people to understand and respect, where better place to have them than in a JUDICIAL building or a courthouse.” 

    So either Congressman Westmoreland is skirting the issue of having them displayed in the Capitol, or is an idiot and thinks that Congress is part of the judicial branch of the government.
    Oh, and technically “do not lie” is not one of the commandments. You could stretch and make it fit, but that’s not really a flat out commandment like “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not steal.”

    Also, anyone else having trouble typing in the text field after playing the video? I had to type outside of firefox to be able to type more on my comment, it’s kind of weird.

  3. Sol: I can’t believe how dumb these guys are …

    They must know Stephen is gonna have a lend of them.
    I almost felt sorry for the fuckwit. Nah. Not even almost. LOL

  4. I don’t even believe in their moronic book and I know the 10 comandments! Nothing amazes me any longer. Is it still to late to suggest bringing back the guillotine?

  5. I caught this yesterday. It’s destined to be a classic—Stephen Colbert is officially my new hero.

    Joe: I don’t even believe in their moronic book and I know the 10 comandments!

    I had to look up a few on Wikipedia, but I still knew more than twice what Westmoreland knew. Turns out there’s only one that I haven’t broken (murder) at some point in my life.

  6. Judging by some of the above comments, some of you may not realize that the interview was a video montage, and that Mr. Westmoreland was actually being interviewed by somebody else, not Colbert.  Colbert arranged his questions in such a way as to use Westmoreland’s answers for comedic effect, and was then superimposed over the original interviewer.

    Having said that, it was still funny as hell. grin

  7. Yeah, I saw that clip on the Colbert Report and laughed my ass off. The idea that a 10 commandments crusader wouldn’t even know what they were is great.

  8. some of you may not realize that the interview was a video montage

    Doesn’t change the fact that he couldn’t name all the commandments.

  9. Judging by some of the above comments, some of you may not realize that the interview was a video montage, and that Mr. Westmoreland was actually being interviewed by somebody else, not Colbert.  Colbert arranged his questions in such a way as to use Westmoreland’s answers for comedic effect, and was then superimposed over the original interviewer.

    If this is true, what was the original interviewer talking about with that whole cutting social security part? Because apparently the “original interviewer” baited him into it similar to the way Colbert did.

  10. OK, I watched the interview again, and I’m still convinced it was a video montage.  Some of the movements seemed a bit strange, and a few of the questions were so silly (what was all that crap about georgia peaches?) that any normal person would have broken off the interview, or at least raised some objections at that point.

    However, I can’t prove it.  A quick search with google for interviews which Westmoreland might have done recently turned up nothing.

    So, can any of you think of a way we can find out for certain whether the interview was real or manipulated?  It would be interesting to know what questions Westmoreland was actually answering, if they weren’t from Colbert.

  11. Here’s one way:
    If Westmoreland really did name all of the 10 commandments and The Report was completely manufacturing his apparent idiocy, I think by now we would have heard some kind of rebuttal from his RepubliCon press handlers. Maybe they haven’t figured out how to spin “I can’t name ‘em all” yet.

  12. I common paractice for this type of show (and I say “type of show” because I’m not sure this is how Colbert does it, just that many shows do) Is to have another interviewer conduct the interview under the name of a fake show so that the subject doesn’t realize that he’s on a show that’s designed to make fun of him. However, when Colbert is cut in, he’s asking the exact same questions, it’s just footage of him asking instead of the real interviewer.

    If that’s the case here, it means these are the subject’s real answers to those questions, we just aren’t seeing the person asking the question.

    His answers remain just as stupid…..

    Sadie – Happy belated Birthday. Hope you had a blast.

  13. Chairbreaker said:Judging by some of the above comments, some of you may not realize that the interview was a video montage, and that Mr. Westmoreland was actually being interviewed by somebody else, not Colbert.

    If you will check on wikipedia and then go to Westmoreland’s website you will find a picture of the representative and Stephen Colbert together, it isn’t a montage.

    Colbert got away with it like he always does!  Excellent!

  14. Chairbreaker, there’s no deception used in the interviews and most of the people who agree to be on the show know what they’re getting into, though it appears Congressman Westmoreland didn’t.

    If there’s anything manipulative about it it’s the fact that the actual interviews tend to be much longer than what you see on TV and they basically edit it down to whatever juicy bits they can find. From an interview CampusProgess.org:

      CP: How do you keep finding people to interview on “The Daily Show
  15. They don’t necessarily perceive a 3 minute edit out of a 3 hour conversation. I don’t make a big deal out of being funny, and then we do our best to bring ‘em back alive in editing.

    Les, your explanation sounds most reasonable, and explains the odd jumps in the conversation and some of the strange answers (resulting from the editing process), as well as the otherwise convincing quality of the interview.

    So, I’ll concede defeat, and agree that it was actually Colbert that did the interview, though I still suspect that some of the answers Westmoreland gave were not to the questions that we actually saw Colbert asking.  After all, with 3 hours of footage, you can do some really creative editing, if you only intend to use a few minutes of it.

    I also want to make it clear that I’m not trying to defend Westmoreland in any way.  He seems to be just another low grade neocon mouthpiece, as far as I can tell.

  16. Sadie- Turns out there’s only one that I haven’t broken (murder) at some point in my life.

    Sadie, if I asked what you were doing coverting your neighbours ox, would the thread degenerate as you and KPG cyber each other senseless?

  17. LH: Sadie, if I asked what you were doing coverting your neighbours ox, would the thread degenerate as you and KPG cyber each other senseless?

    Oxen are somewhat impractical, but recently I harbored feelings of envy for a good friend who spent several months traveling in Europe.

    As to the second part of your question, I think that’s pretty much a given at this point.  smile

  18. Oxen are somewhat impractical,

    especially as they are castrated although…. NO too rude for a poppet like you. And it’s about cats. And completely off thread.

    spelling error

    coverting your neighbours ox

    This actually comes under the Patriot Act

  19. LH: And it’s about cats.

    Now that’s going too far (even though I’m really a dog-person). Besides, don’t you know that cats are on to us?

    While we’re on the topic of cats, if you’re in the right mood (no, not THAT kind of mood, boys!), this may bring a smile to your face.

    Yeah, I’ve been spending too much time over at Sadly, No. I should go outside. I’d rather be out there anyway.

  20. My mum has loopy cats. They used to have hessian covered wallpaper. It was not uncommon to walk ito a the lounge and see the cat next to your head, unable to get down. Another used to have mad half hours, rushing from fireplace to front door- an L shaped journey.  If you shut the lounge door it used to run into it.

  21. So, if he could name all 10 commandments, would that make posting them in gov’t bldgs ok???
    What if I wanted to post the 5 Pillars of Islam? Or the 8 Fold Path to Enlightenment?
    Why does the party that claims to champion the Constitution refuse to accept that the Constitution explicitly BARS religion from playing a role in government?

  22. Nope, it would just point out that he actually believes in it, and it’s not just a cheap publicity stunt.

    Do you know the 5 Pillars of Islam. or the 8-fold path to Enlightenment? Wouldn’t you question why someone who doesn’t know the basic tenants would want them posted? As Les said in the OP, irrespective of the legality, it is blatant hypocrisy.

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