Of all the contentious moments during Eric Holderâs time before a congressional committee Wednesday, the one that stuck out to Stephen Colbert was when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) exclaimed, seemingly out of nowhere, that the attorney general was trying to âcast aspersions on my asparagus.â
Gohmertâs remark was particularly appropriate, in the eyes of Colbert, since cable news pundits had spent the hours leading up to the hearing hyping the âgrillingâ Holder would receive and previewing the questions heâd be âpeppered with.â
âGrilled and peppered,â Colbert said. âThat explains why Darrell Issa was wearing that âKiss the Cookâ apron.â But, he added, Holder âbit off more than he could chewâ when he went face-to-face with âmagical talking cantaloupeâ Louie Gohmert.
Holder challenged Gohmertâs assertion that the FBI wasnât completely thorough in their investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, which led to Gohmertâs accusation that the attorney general was trying to âcast aspersions on my asparagus.â
âHow dare you cast aspersions on that manâs asparagus,â Colbert fired back at Holder. âWhat is next, sir? Libeling his lettuce? Questioning his quinoa? Arguing with his arugula? Repudiating his rutabaga? Vilifying his vinaigrette before drizzling it on his scandal salad?â
âClearly, nation,â Colbert concluded, âwe are going to need a lot more hearings on Asparagus-gate. Because the more I digest this, the worse it smells.â
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