Commentary: Despite Colbert's testimony, issues with migrant farm labor are no joke

If a fake pundit goes to Capitol Hill and makes news, are we supposed to take it seriously?

Some Republicans and Democrats in Congress were grumping about comedian Stephen Colbert's testimony Friday during a hearing on migrant workers.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, wasn't the only one who didn't crack a smile when Colbert poked fun at the political process. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, tried to get Colbert to leave the proceedings without speaking at all. And on a Sunday morning TV talking-head show, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, called Colbert's appearance "inappropriate."

That was even though Colbert had been invited by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat who chaired the subcommittee hearing titled "Protecting America's Harvest."

But if the honorable members of Congress were worried about trivializing serious work, they haven't spent much time watching themselves on C-SPAN.

Anyone who watched Colbert's statement could hear the delighted laughter when he concluded with a bipartisan dig: "I trust both sides will work on this together in the best interests of the American people -- as you always do."

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