After I watched Sarah Palin’s now infamous Iowa Freedom Summit speech, one of the first thoughts that went through my mind (after my brain tried to process the insanity) was that I really hope Jon Stewart dedicates at least part of his show on Monday to this absurd nonsense. Thankfully my prayers were answered as last night he absolutely tore apart Palin’s incoherent babbling.
Though before he could even get to her idiocy he made sure to address several of the other featured speakers at this conservative event. And, wow, did this “freedom summit” provide writers, political commentators and comedians with tons of material.
“A lot of Republicans who will never be president met this weekend,” Stewart began.
He then poked fun at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s “go big and go bold” line from the speech, asking, “Wait, isn’t that the tagline for Tide?”
Following Walker’s remarks he showed a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), comparing him to Ned Flanders from The Simpsons for his bizarre attempt to seem extremely over-the-top folksy in his address to the crowd.
Next up was Mike Huckabee who went on for quite a while on some strange rant about pig killing and making sausage that led Stewart to the logical conclusion that he must have been hungry and really wanted some sausage.
But it got even better when he played Rick Perry’s absurd comments where the former Texas governor seemed to be trying to outdo Howard Dean circa 2004 when the former Democratic presidential candidate more or less destroyed his campaign following his famous yell.
And while all of the aforementioned Republican speeches were indeed ludicrous, none of them came anywhere close to the stupidity that Sarah Palin exhibited during her speech.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I believe it may be the rare brown-haired Alaskan podium seeker,” Stewart said as he began playing parts of Palin’s embarrassing speech.
“Well, it was all going fine, until her subjects stopped talking to her verbs,” he mocked.
After playing another clip of Palin’s unintelligible gibberish, Stewart quipped, “You know, that’s the kind of talk you normally hear right before the pharmacist says, ‘Ma’am you’ve got to leave the Walgreens.’ Now we know what it’s like to get cornered by Palin at an open bar wedding.”
He then hilariously played Matthew McConaughey’s Lincoln commercial with Palin superimposed over him giving part of her speech. It’s something that just has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
This was easily one Stewart’s best segments in recent memory. Then again, it’s hard not to have a great comedic segment when a large group of 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls all appear at the same event. And the saddest part is, all Stewart really had to do was play clips of exactly what these GOP presidential hopefuls said. The best comedy writers in the world often can’t come up with anything as hilarious as quoting Republicans verbatim.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: