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Stephen Colbert is back. Why is Nancy Pelosi appearing on his show?

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(Read caption) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. at a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Feb. 16. Pelosi is Stephen Colbert’s scheduled Wednesday guest.

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It looks like Stephen Colbert will be back on air with new shows this week. Word is he will resume taping following an unexpected break to deal with a family matter. Our long national nightmare – OK, our short minor preoccupation – of Colbert withdrawal appears at an end.

Colbert reportedly needed the time off due to the ill health of his 91-year old mother.

“My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers. We are grateful and touched by your concern,” Colbert tweeted on February 17. It was a rare touch of seriousness from a man who seldom appears in public without donning the armor of his bombastic comic persona.

Anyway, what we really want to talk about is this: Why is Nancy Pelosi appearing on the “Colbert Report”? The former Speaker and current House Minority Leader is Colbert’s scheduled Wednesday guest.

Our suspicion is that she and Colbert will engage in a faux feud over super PACs. Will the fur fly? How many “F”s can we work into this paragraph? Time will tell – in the future.

Colbert has an actual super PAC, of course. He set it up to highlight what he perceives as the absurdity of current campaign law. Super PACs can take unlimited donations from individuals and/or corporations, and use them in support of particular candidates, as long as they don’t actually coordinate their actions with said candidate.

Of course, it’s easy to coordinate without coordination, if you know what we mean. Nudge, nudge, wink wink. A super PAC can inform the media about what it’s going to do, secure in the knowledge the info will get passed on to its inamorata, and so forth.


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