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Can John McCain help David Letterman become Emmy's commander-in-chief again?

October 14, 2008 |  9:40 am

Once upon a time David Letterman ruled the Emmy category for best variety series, conquering it year after year — 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 — like John McCain marching through the red states during primary season.

In 2003, an even more snarky TV host, Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show"), took over and hasn't lost yet, surpassing David Letterman's five-year winning streak by adding a sixth consecutive victory this year.

Obviously, voters appreciate snarkiness in this category, but apparently they want it to have a sharp political edge nowadays. That's what Jon Stewart wields — like a hatchet — and he ends up offing all challenges in that Emmy race, even from his former Comedy Central protege Stephen Colbert. Colbert just beat Stewart for the writing Emmy, but not series. That tells us something. Winning best variety series isn't about having the best wordage or the heightened comedy that "The Colbert Report" has over "The Daily Show."


Voters want hard-hitting political snarkiness. That's what David Letterman delivered recently while pummeling John McCain over and over for skipping out on a planned appearance.

Now that John McCain will come groveling back this Thursday night, David Letterman may have the perfect episode submission to give to Emmy judges next year — who could end up hailing him again as the category's commander-in-chief.

What should Letterman do with this opportunity? Answer: Whatever Stewart might do. Oh, no!

If Thursday's powwow turns out to be a softball snoozefest, Letterman could give Emmy judges the episode that launched his battle against McCain. It's got lots of sharp edges.

Photo credits: CBS

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OMG, how can David Letterman speak with Chris Rock about Vic saying he only killed a dog and he is in prison and Sarah Palin killed a moose and she has been asked to VP? This is sick! I do not care what DL says. We have watched his show for 20 years and have now turned it off. The Vic joke was too much. Do not kid yourself, DL knows every joke that is going to be told on his show, the Chris Rock joke was no shock. If I were John Mccain I would not want to be on DL show either, even Oprah did not want to go on DL's show (and she is a liberal)! DL, marry your baby's mama and be a real man! Anyone can make a baby, but not anyone can be a dad!

What nobody is pointing out is that William Ayers has been granted Presidential Pardon which is why he is a Professor at a US university.

So it seems to me that Senator John McCain is suggesting that Obama should not engage in Education reform because a rehabilitated Ayers was involved. This is the same ideology which has led the Bush administration in running from its responsiblities with North Korea and Iran. A policy which they only reverted recently.

If John McCain honestly thinks Williams Ayers is a dangerous terrorist that must not be associated with, why has he not as a United States Senator done something to prevent this terrorist from educating young Americans?

Like Jose Manuel Barroso will have it, "when you are a leader, you have to sometimes deal with people your mother will not approve".
Williams Ayers got involved in some despicable acts 40years ago protesting the American invassion of vietnam. The idea that he must be quarantined even though he is not in jail shows how much hate John McCain is filled with.

And I must tell you, that is not the heart of a leader.



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