During Tuesday night’s episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, host Jon Stewart devoted the first segment of the show to the impending Presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Footage was shown of Hillary in Iowa this past weekend for Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. It was pointed out that this was Mrs. Clinton’s first trip to Iowa since 2008, when she was defeated by then-Senator Barack Obama in the state’s Democratic caucus. (She actually finished third in the caucus as John Edwards was second.)
Stewart ran a portion of her speech in Iowa, showing that Hillary is still being coy about whether or not she is definitely going to run for President in 2016. He then ran clips from various news shows featuring a number of reporters and pundits complaining about how Mrs. Clinton isn’t satisfying the 24-hour news machine’s appetite and how they are now getting annoyed by her not fully committing. One person in particular that seems particularly incensed is Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough. An extended clip was run showing Scarborough displaying his trademarked brand of faux outrage regarding Hillary’s dog-and-pony show over the past few months.
Below is video of the entire segment, courtesy of Comedy Central (Scarborough’s section starts at 6:33):
After showing Scarborough ranting about Mrs. Clinton’s book tour and making appearances in early primary states while not announcing her intentions to run, Stewart gloriously took down Scarborough and highlighted his complete and total hypocrisy. Stewart ran clips of Scarborough on a book tour earlier this year that was “Morning pimped with a bit of a presidential campaign patina.” He also featured a portion of a radio interview where Scarborough said he wasn’t going to rule out a run in 2016. Scarborough was on a trip to New Hampshire, an early primary state, when he spoke to radio host Hugh Hewitt about his possible presidential aspirations.
Stewart ended his on-point critique of Scarborough by repeating Scarborough’s own criticism of Hillary. Stewart shouted, “If you’re gonna run just say you’re gonna run and stop playing games!” Overall, it was a delicious piece of gotcha by Stewart and once again highlighted the smug hypocrisy of Joe Scarborough.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).