When Sue Lowden, a Republican candidate for Harry Reid's Nevada Senate seat, suggested that patients offer chickens to their doctors
in exchange for medical treatment, there were plenty of quips at her expense
But anyone can type jokes on the Internet; it takes a world-class imp
like Stephen Colbert to haul out a menagerie of living animals in the
name of satire. On Monday's episode of The Colbert Report, the
ever-deadpan host produced a live chicken from beneath his desk--as
well as a parakeet, a rabbit, a duck, and what may or may not have been
an actual dead trout--and declared his wholehearted support for
Lowden's barter proposal:
Yes. As a conservative, Lowden wants us to
return to a simpler time when you could give a few beaver pelts to the
village barber so he would drill a hole in your skull to release the
As a side note, it's unclear how the KFC Double Down
fits into Colbert's
chickens-to-dollars conversion, though it definitely seems like it
would represent inflation of some kind.
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