Colbert Testimony Shows Up In First Political Ad

Last Friday’s testimony before a Congressional Committee by comedian Stephen Colbert has made its way into its first political ad:

Political satirist Stephen Colbert’s congressional testimony on migrant farm workers week has already become fodder for an attack ad.

The new spot targets West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who is in a tough fight with GOP businessman John Raese for the Senate. The ad claims Manchin will only make things worse in Washington.

“Washington has grown too big, inefficient and out of control,” the ad says before cutting to a still of Colbert at a House panel. “And they think it’s all one big joke.


The ad is not from the Raese campaign, but from an independent party. Nonetheless, I doubt this is the last we’ll see of this.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John P says:

    He just gave Manchin (really? Man chin…) the Colbert bump. The exchange rate for that in West Virginia double what you’d get in east Virginia.

  2. John Peabody says:

    I agree that Mr. Colbert’s face (and perhaps the sound of the hearing members guffawing) will be excellent fodder for the R’s. It is hard to have a jaw-dropping moment when hearing of congress’ exploits, but this one deserved it!

    “It’s all a joke to them”… that’s a very, very good line.