Stephen Colbert is experiencing life on the other side of satire after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a new video this week "attacking" the comedian.
(Something tells us he's OK with it.)
The trending online ad comes complete with a few of the hallmarks of the Comedy Central host's own political attack ads, including a doomsday voiceover, dramatic music, and black-and-white photos. In it, Pelosi blasts the late-night comedian for taking money from anonymous donors for his super PAC, attacking her "friend" Newt Gingrich and, of course, hating kittens.
"Stephen Colbert used to be my friend," the House's top Democrat says in the video. "I even signed the poor baby's cast when he hurt his hand."
The video is a bid to drum up support for a push from House Democrats to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would make campaign financing more transparent. So far, the low-budget video has been a success, drawing 140,000 views since it went live Thursday.
Colbert, of course, continues to generate political headlines during this year's election cycle, including for his short-lived run for "President of the United States of South Carolina" and, more regularly, for his repeated use of his Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow super PAC to mock current campaign finance laws in general and Citizens United specifically.
"Colbert must be stopped," Pelosi says in the video. "Americans deserve a better tomorrow today."
Here's the video:
A very smart move from Nancy Pelosi to try and build public support for the DISCLOSE Act.
Also, I love the ridiculous acronym for the DISCLOSE Act: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act. You've got to love those crazy Americans and the creative names they come up with for major pieces of legislation. Remember the USA PATRIOT Act (know as the Patriot Act): Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act?