JON STEWART bashes Democrats, not tea party, on summer debt ceiling debacle – The Daily Caller
“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart holds the Emmy for best variety, music or comedy series backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 in Los Angeles. The show also won best writing for a variety, music or comedy series. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)
Jon Stewart bashes Democrats, not tea party, on summer debt ceiling debacle
Published: 12:03 PM 09/20/2011
By Jamie Weinstein – The Daily Caller
Liberal Comedy Central host Jon Stewart told Rolling Stone magazine that he has trouble blaming tea partiers for the summer debt ceiling debacle.
“On the whole debt-ceiling thing, you can blame the intransigence of Tea Party Republicans all you want, but Democrats had a chance to pass a budget before they lost in the midterm election,” the Daily Show host said in an extensive interview. “They didn’t do it because they were afraid that those votes would cost them the House. Well, how’d that work out? They had the ability to avoid the entire fucking thing. And they didn’t do it out of cowardice. So I have a hard time mustering sympathy for the argument that a couple of Tea Partiers took Congress hostage. ”
Stewart also said President Obama shouldn’t get a free pass simply because he faces a difficult Congress.
“Was it a factor? Maybe,” Stewart said of the difficulty presented by tea party-linked members of Congress. “But conditions are what they are, and Obama is president. You are judged by how well you negotiate those conditions, not by how excusable the shitty end result is based on that it’s difficult.”