Anyone who missed the three-ring-circus of Chris Christie’s press conference yesterday afternoon was treated to a second round, courtesy of our 24-hour news and its unending cycle of highlight reels, last night.
Sure, it wasn’t the almost-two hours of rodeo clowning that was enjoyed by those of us who have access to TVs in the afternoon (the unemployed, the bloggers, the people who put together highlight reels for cable news channels, et. al), but on the plus side, last night’s coverage of Bridgegate came with bonus commentary.
And the winner of the evening, by far, was Stephen Colbert.
Mr. Colbert was able to deftly pick out the most intimately bizarre moments from this insane, Greek tragedy/farce, like the part where Mr. Christie ham-in-each-fistedly mentions that he heard the news when “I was done with my workout” or the repeated declarations of how sad he was. “The emotions I’ve been displaying in private is sad.
“I don’t know what the stages of grief are in exact order.”
I mean, what a wonderful distraction from the terrible void of our own lives this is turning out to be. And how wonderful that we live in an age where Mr. Colbert can turn this sort of political scandal into the best entertainment we’ve had so far in 2014.