Somewhere the bard is smiling.
Jon Stewart takes a week off every once in a while and we are consigned to watching his reruns for a fix, which is okay because they stand up fairly well. It also gives us a chance to take a step back and savor some of his finest insults. Stewart might have torn a page or two from Shakespeare's book - the bard was known to sling a good insult here and there. When Hamlet says, "They have a plentiful lack of wit," and a character in Coriolanus says, "More of your conversation would infect my brain," they could certainly be talking about Fox News. Henry V's line: "Such antics do not amount to a man," could certainly apply to John Boehner or Ted Cruz, and "Thou mis-shapen dick," seems tailor-made for Scalia, Alito and Limbaugh. Take your pick.
But Stewart has his own way with words (or he and his scribes do.) Too bad he took Hobby Lobby week off, but let's take a moment to remember some of his best digs, some of which sound positively Shakespearian.
1. Sonnet to Rush Limbaugh:
" Rush - The quivering rage heap who is apparently desperately trying to extinguish any remaining molecule of humanity that might still reside in the Chernobyl-esque superfund cleanup site that was his soul."
2. Insult by metaphor:
''Fox News: You are the lupus of news.''
3. Ode to O'Reilly
''Here's what you and your minions don't understand, O'Reilly. Your hell doesn't scare me. I make my living watching Fox News eight hours a day. I'm already in hell.''
4. Soliloquy on Fox:
''Fox opposes a Syria peace plan because its modus operandi is to foment dissent in the form of a relentless and irrational contrarianism to Barack Obama and all things Democratic, to advance its ultimate objective of creating a deliberately misinformed body politic whose fear, anger, mistrust, and discontent is the manna upon which it sustains its parasitic succubus-like existence."