The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

There weren’t a lot of laughs in yesterday’s testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee. And it was even less amusing to contemplate the prospect of Kavanaugh ascending to the country’s highest court.

Yet the Trump nominee’s prevaricating and often shrill testimony is highly susceptible to satire — an opportunity that Stephen Colbert cannot resist. He transforms the nominee’s silly lie about “boofing” into vaudeville.

What makes this Colbert monologue special is not the jabbing and joking, but the dead serious peroration addressed to Kavanaugh himself, exposing the deepest truth of this historical moment.

Not to be missed.

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Hawley: Ethics Probe Of Me Will 'Further Divide The Country'

Screenshot from Sen. Josh Hawley's Press Office Twitter.

Reprinted with permission from American Independent

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is trying to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by claiming that any probe into his conduct would be a violation of President Joe Biden's call for unity.

Keep reading... Show less