Not everyone seemed to enjoy Stephen Colbert’s headline-grabbing performance at a Congressional subcommittee hearing on immigration reform today.
John Conyers, a Democrat and chair of the House Judiciary Committee, asked the Comedy Central host and faux conservative blowhard to leave the chamber even before Colbert had uttered his first words. Noting that Colbert had drawn as much media coverage as an impeachment proceeding, Conyers suggested that Colbert simply submit his statement for the record and allow the committee to get on with its work. Colbert refused, and deferred to the congresswoman who had invited him, Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who allowed Colbert to stay.
And as it turns out, the statement Colbert submitted for the record — the one to which Conyers was referring — was actually quite different from the one he read aloud.