I absolutely miss Jon Stewart, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting Trevor Noah’s big debut last night as host of The Daily Show. And I must say, I was extremely impressed. It didn’t seem at all like this was his first show as host. He was very natural behind the desk, mostly keeping to the structure Stewart made famous. While I’m sure he’ll add his own unique touches to the show as he evolves as a host, after the first night I feel like The Daily Show is in good hands.
And while Noah was mostly smiles throughout the evening, he did have one major complaint – John Boehner’s announcement that he’s resigning from Congress at the end of October.
“Why leave now, I just got here! I’ve got a fancy suit and a new set and I learned how to pronounce your name – Boehner,” Noah said jokingly as he winked.
Noah pointed out how absurd it is that many Republicans don’t believe Boehner is conservative enough, playing a clip from over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit where the audience cheered Marco Rubio announcing the House Speaker’s departure.
“You see, for this faction, even John Boehner, the man once ranked the eighth most conservative man in Congress, wasn’t right-wing enough,” Noah said. “It’s like crack telling meth that it’s not addictive enough.”
Noah’s absolutely right. To listen to many conservatives talk about Boehner, you’d really believe he was a Republican who bordered on being a moderate liberal. The truth is, Boehner is extremely conservative. Hell, he’s going to go down as one of the most obstructive House Speakers in U.S. history because he basically opposed anything and everything supported by President Obama and Democrats. The only times he “compromised” is when he absolutely had to (fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, government shutdown).
But therein lies the problem: These tea party conservatives don’t believe he should have worked with the president on those issues.
After all, how dare he try to, you know – govern.
I still go back and forth between whether or not these idiots know how government works, but just make life a living hell for their “moderate” counterparts (it’s a sad day when I have to refer to Boehner as a moderate) for their own political ambitions (Ted Cruz, for example) – or they’re just flat-out too stupid to actually grasp how to govern.
Sadly, for many of the tea party conservatives in Congress (particularly in the House), I get the feeling they’re the latter.
All in all, I think Noah did a really good job. Nobody can really replace Jon Stewart, but I feel confident that Trevor Noah is going to be a fantastic host for The Daily Show.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: