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Kirsten Gillibrand and Jon Stewart discuss women's merits, light bulb changing skills

If the “Daily Show” audience is any indication, women are definitely ready to play a key role in deciding the 2012 presidential election. On Wednesday night, gender politics even trumped the crowd’s love for Jon Stewart.

Stewart had New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to talk politics. The Democrat is not one for idle chitchat, and the initial banter between the two was excruciating to watch. But if there’s one issue that she can talk about for hours, it’s the Democrats efforts at winning women voters, and Gillibrand’s talking points were delivered with beating-the-audience-over-the-head-with-it intensity.

“I think women’s voices are going to be unbelievably important in this election, and I hope every woman watching will vote!” Gillibrand said. “Women are fundamentally engaged in this election not just because of reproductive rights, but because of economic issues -- equal pay for equal work; access to capital for small business.”


“If we had 51% of women in Congress, do you think we’d be debating birth control? We’d be debating everything else that really matters. We need more women in Congress.”


“Women are often good at building bipartisan consensus. We’re good listeners. We bring people together.”

To the latter point, Stewart noted “Hey, somebody’s gotta change the light bulbs.”

And the audience groaned.

“Wait a minute, she just (expletive) on men being able to form a consensus and compromise, and I make a joke about ‘at least we can change a light bulb’ and you’re like ‘that’s sexist.’”

Yup. Tough crowd.

Colbert: Democrats’ joy ‘unprofessional’

Of course, for a superficially hostile take on the Dems, there’s only one place to go in late-night television: “The Colbert Report.” And host Steven Colbert delivered with a diatribe against the volume and enthusiasm of the Democratic delegates.

“You could barely hear the speeches! They didn’t have that problem at the Republican convention, I’ll tell you,” Colbert said.

“They seemed unable to mute their joy. And I’m sorry, that volume of pleasure is just unprofessional. I mean the Fox News people could barely hear themselves saying 'it sucked.'”

Colbert’s guest was Michael Grunwald, the Time Magazine senior national correspondent and author of “The New New Deal,” a glowing look President Obama’s stimulus bill and its positive long-term effects. Economic discussion isn’t a recipe for compelling television, but their back-and-forth had its moments.

“Adding 150,000 jobs a month is a lot better than losing 800,000 jobs a month. It really was a new New Deal,” Grunwald said.

“Do you get a check directly from Obama, or does the Democratic Party pay you to say these things?” Colbert responded.


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