On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart again waded into the muddy waters of “Fast and Furious,” the pseudo-scandal currently rocking the right wing of the political world while barely seeming to exist to most people on the other side of the aisle. Republican outrage at the Department of Justice’s purported mishandling of the Bush-era gun-running operation has only redoubled and intensified as the rest of the public has declined to join them in fomenting this particular wave of manufactured outrage.
Mimicking the fevered pitch of the hyperbole surrounding the story, Stewart said, “‘Fast and Furious’ is like what would happen if Monica Lewinsky went down on Iran Contra during the Bay of Pigs invasion.”
Fox News personalities have started flinging around the word “Watergate,” as is their wont, but Stewart reminded them that they’ve invoked the specter of Nixon’s spectacular flameout as chief executive so many times that no one believes it anymore. They’ve become, he said, “the fox who cried wolf.”
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