Master of His Domain

On a talk show, there needs to be a respect between a guest and a host.  It’s the same respect a guest and a host would show each other in a home.  A host implicitly agrees to be cordial and inviting and in turn the guest implicitly agrees not to be a total dickbag.

I will not be inviting former House Majority Leader-cum-lobbyist Dick Armey to my home any time soon.  Armey appeared on last night’s The Daily Show and obviously there were going to be disagreements between him and Jon Stewart.  However, Stewart has shown that he is perfectly happy to have on guests who disagree with him.  Bill Kristol, Mike Huckabee, and (before he sold-out every belief he had), John McCain have all been repeat guests on the show.  The problem comes if there’s a guest who doesn’t respect the forum or Stewart.  The brilliant and gifted comedian does not abide rudeness.

Dick Armey wasted no time in getting there.  While he brought Stewart a nice hat, Armey–not even one minute into the interview–said that the hat would make Stewart smarter.  He followed up that gem by telling Stewart, “When I’m here saying ‘You’re all horse and no cattle,’ at least I know you’ll got the hat.”  So in less than two minutes, Armey has insulted the intelligence of his host twice.  It’s one thing to go in preparing for a war of words.  It’s another to treat your opponent like he doesn’t have a chance of winning.

And Stewart manages to keep his calm for almost a good 12 minutes of the 20-minute interview.  And then he not only takes down Armey’s “tyranny” argument with a couple sentences, and then calls Armey on his opportunistic bullshit.  Jon Stewart knows his stuff.  Armey should have known that before he stepped into Stewart’s house.  Watch the full interview below.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Dick Armey Extended Interview Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Dick Armey Extended Interview Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Dick Armey Extended Interview Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 brilliant, humor, politics, television

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