What a night for almost all of the late-night shows to be showing repeats — the day Moammar Gadhafi was killed.
With just about all of them in the midst of a week’s hiatus, it was left to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” to derive hilarity from the pathetic, bloody and violent death of the loathed Libyan strong man.
And that’s exactly what Stewart did, while also, in the process, lambasting Republicans for criticizing the U.S. role in deposing the despised dictator.
For the segment, Stewart had a logo created with a photo of Gadhafi and the words “N’Amor Gadhafi.” Get it? It’s “No more” Gadhafi! He then criticized the late Libyan for hiding in a hole and, upon his discovery by armed rebels, appearing to order them not to shoot him.
“He pleaded, ‘Don’t shoot!’ Don’t shoot!’ but they shot him,” Stewart deadpanned as his studio audience roared with laughter. “You know why they shot him after he said, ‘Don’t shoot’?” Stewart asked. “They’re rebels — hey, man, don’t tell us what to do!”
He then complained about the way dictators on the run — such as Saddam Hussein a few years back and this week Gadhafi — choose to hide in holes, where they are invariably discovered. Stewart then offered this advice to dictators in hiding: “Don’t hide in holes!”
Stewart complained that too many Republican talking heads were on the cable news channels Thursday refusing to give credit to the Obama administration for the way it managed U.S. involvement in the Libya rebellion. “Is there no Republican that can be gracious and statesmen-like in this situation?” Stewart asked. “We removed a dictator in six months, losing no American soldiers, spending, like, a billion dollars rather than a trillion dollars, and engendering what appears to be goodwill with the people who now have a prideful story of their own independence to tell . . . not to mention oil, they have oil. Anybody wanna give credit?”
Next week, we suspect that the other late-nighters — most notably Leno, Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon — will have plenty to say about the killing of Gadhafi.