EPISODE NUMBER: 7063 (May 11, 2011)
GUESTS: Trevor Potter, Eric Greitens
SEGMENTS: Herman Cain Claims the Colbert Bump, Corp Constituency – Trevor Potter, The Rally Scores Four Emmy Nominations
VIDEOS: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I was really tickled to see Stephen start off by talking about Herman Cain’s tweet thanking him for a “Colbert bump,” since I mentioned it in Monday’s episode guide. Stephen voiced the same thought I had when I saw it — a mention on the Report doesn’t equal a Colbert bump. Now it’ll be interesting to see if Cain takes Stephen up on the suggestion to visit the show.
I have a little sympathy for those poor Viacom lawyers right now, because I think Stephen may be giving them panic attacks over his Super PAC. The legalities of all this make my head hurt, but he seems really determined to do it. The petulant tone of his “interpretation” of the lawyers’ letter — “We are stupid lawyers who hate fun” — and the “I hate my parent company!” were exactly the kind of reaction I’d expect from “Stephen.” Trevor Potter is certainly racking up quite a few appearances, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him. But it’s interesting, in a mildly mind-numbing kind of way, to see how Stephen can get around the legal limitations on his goal. I hope that letter asking for the media exemption gets the ball rolling because he’s losing precious time here while the lawyers try to out-legalese each other. If he can get the exemption, then that press hat should do the trick. As long as he wears that while reporting on his PAC, I think he’s golden.
I’m ecstatic about the Emmy nominations for the Rally! As Jennie blogged yesterday, the Rally grabbed four nominations, although Stephen himself is only up for two of them. But it’s a well-deserved honor. For once Stephen and Jon are nominated together instead of competing against each other, and that makes me happy. Given the rest of the competition (“Equitrekking”? Really?), I think they stand an excellent chance of winning.
The change in scheduled guests was a bit of a surprise to me, but once I looked up Eric Greitens yesterday I realized I was already familiar with his book since I’d come across it at work not too long ago. I thought it was an interesting transition, from humanitarian to Navy SEAL, but the point he made during the interview about the need to provide protection for people being just as important as providing humanitarian aid made a lot of sense. He was a very articulate spokesman for the SEALS and for the support they get from the other branches of the armed forces. I wish they’d had time for a longer and more in-depth conversation.
What were your favorite parts of the show? Let us know in the comments!