Jon Stewart on the 2012 “Post-Apocalyptic” Republican Presidential Nominees

In a recent episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart skewered Fox News’ presentation of the first Republican presidential nominee debates. Widely panned as a “debacle” and “disastrous clash,” especially given its timing in relation to the death of Osama bin Laden, the debate provided plenty of fodder for The Daily Show’s special blend of humor.

Among other golden nuggets, Stewart highlights:

  • That the Fox News debate starts off with an opening sequence that could easily serve as a horror movie trailer. As Stewart describes it, it sounds like a debate introducing “the candidates for the post-Apocalyptic hellscape we once knew as America […] to forestall the day when our desperate citizens begin eating human flesh.”
  • That the debate, despite Dr. Ron Paul’s presence, was mainly criticized for not attracting the likes of Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, and Mike Huckabee to show. The remaining nominees that bothered to attend included former Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty; former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum; former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson; and lastly, Herman Cain, former Chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza… delicious debate, indeed.
  • That Dr. Paul, if he keeps up presenting clear and decisive views — as opposed to the waffling and flip-flopping more pervasive throughout the debate — will “never become a shell of his former self…” unlike other not-so-subtly hinted at politicians.

You can view the entire segment below, which originally aired earlier this week on Comedy Central.