Jon Stewart did more than take his clown nose off last night. He put on his Tragedy mask.
After all, Stewart exists to protect President Barack Obama, and Obama is in trouble thanks to a self-inflicted campaign wound.
On Wednesday's edition of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," the Comedy Central host blasted both Fox News and the Romney campaign for daring to cover - and focus on - President Obama's now infamous Ronoake, Va. "you didn't build that" speech.
Funny how it took several days for Stewart to take action on behalf of his Dear Leader, around the same time Team Obama started to panic that the gaffe has legs.
Just a coincidence, no doubt.
Although Stewart conceded that both sides are guilty of focusing on gaffes -- "I like to fire people,” anyone? -- he claimed that Romney was taking the usual political spin one giant step further.
"This deliberate misstating and misrepresentation of Obama's position is now the centerpiece of Romney's entire campaign," he said. "Hanging your attack on a person's slight grammatical misstep is what people do in an argument when they’re completely [in trouble] and they know they have no argument."
No, it's what a candidate does when a mega-ton gaffe falls in his lap that just so happens to accurately describe the incumbent's economic philosophy.
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