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Foot in Mouth Disease

Stephen Colbert on the tendency for politicians to say things that are completely meaningless. The last minute is amazing:

He’s especially harsh on Kevin McCarthy, showing a couple of video clips where the words coming out of his mouth are gibberish. This is from The Late Show Wednesday night, and Thursday McCarthy dropped out of the race to be the Speaker of the House. Coincidence?



  1. redjon wrote:

    Colbert said, “The oddsmakers in Vegas, the smart guys, have Jeb! as the odds-on favorite at 2/1.” Was Stephen channeling Jason Chaffetz, or what?

    Because Colbert’s chart shows Bush at 2/1, Rubio at 9/4 and Trump at 9/2.

    Alphabetically speaking, Bush comes before Rubio and Rubio is before Trump.

    Statistically speaking, Donald Trump’s 9/2 (4.5/1) odds are BETTER THAN Marco Rubio’s 9/4 (2.25/1) and Rubio’s 9/4 are BETTER THAN Bush’s 2/1 Vegas odds.

    Oddsmakers have Trump as the odd-on favorite, not Bush.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Permalink
  2. TJ wrote:

    2/1 means that if you bet $1 they will pay you $2 if Jeb wins. Since you did the math for us… 4.5/1 means they will pay you $4.50 on a $1 bet and 2.25/1 means they will pay you $2.25. I didn’t look any of this up, but if what you typed out is correct then based on those number Vegas odds makers do indeed have Jeb as the favorite.

    Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm | Permalink
  3. redjon wrote:


    Also, whew!

    And, now you know why I do not gamble.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:49 am | Permalink