I am amazed by some people's comments. I would assume that most of these people
have never seen The Colbert Report before. Some of you should have watched
tonight when Colbert was rude and mean to this man because of his views on copy
right laws. Jason did a good job, you have to remember it is not a real news
show. The fact that he even went on was great. If my congressman did that I
would most likely respect him more. College students watch Colbert
and John Stewart more than any other news station. Jason was smart for getting
his name out there.
Congrats to Jason for showing up. He has my respect.
I'm a moderate (in Utah that's liberal) Democrat who wasn't a fan of Chaffetz's
election. But I give him tremendous kudos and say bravo for his appearance on
Colbert. It was funny, well-timed and he made Utah look good (as good as one
could going toe to toe with Colbert). Congrats to a new fan (who
disagrees with basically every policy proposal he's recommended).
Re: Hypercritical much - I actually played more ball for a real college than
Chaffetz ever thought of. My college career was much more than just standing on
the sideline waiting my turn.You have to recognize that I've said
it's only fair to give Jason a chance here but the message is that Utah lost
with this one. If he wanted to do something good for the state he would have run
against HIS Congressman in HIS district. Instead he picked on the person he felt
he could beat - Cannon. To his credit, he was right but for the wrong reasons. I
can't respect that.
Call me when he leg wrestles Pelosi.That I'd like to see.
Otherwise, its just embarrassing.
Good job Jason. Way to represent. Anyone who watches the Colbert Report would
say that he fared much better than most. Colbert "listening" to sweetness by
putting the barrel to his ear while Chaffetz looked on in horror was
priceless.Sheesh, people get a life. This is funny!
Did you heaer him on "Nightside Project" on 1/7/09? He did a fabulous job
expressing his stand on immigration, etc and possible solutions. I appreciate
that he can be serious, yet still have a sense of humor. I wish we had more
people in Congress who, like Chaffetz, take their job seriously but don't take
themselves too seriously. Makes me glad Chris Cannon is gone; Orrin Hatch is
next on the list.
So let me recap a little bit. Y'all hate this guy because 1)he played a sport in
college, which somehow you interpret that to mean that he didn't do anything
else for 4 years except kick a ball, 2)he took off his helmets during games,
gasp (what an unforgivable sin), and 3)he has a sense of humor when clearly he
should be working 24 hours a day (even before he takes office as this was filmed
in November)and not do anything, ever, that is not related to fixing the economy
and passing legislation. I mean obviously Dr. Luke A. Johnson only
practices medicine and would never be as brash as to attend a ball game, show,
movie or even represent his employer in anything that wasn't directly related to
medicine. Afterall, he is a doctor 24/7. Clearly, Mr. Chaffetz is a terrible
failure because he appeared on a talk show and has not cured the nations
problems. Afterall, it is January 8th for God's sake.Enough of the
sarcasm but are y'all for real? Look I don't know if Chaffetz will be a good
congressman or not. But at least be fair and real with your criticism.
This member of Congress is an empty suit, a clown. Is he there for his vanity
or to help Utah? Note I didn't say "represents" Utah. I shudder to think that
he represents the people of Utah.... He can puff all he likes, but he will be
isolated and accomplish nothing at this rate.
He's a politician with serious ambition. It's only a matter of time before he
starts wasting billions of your hard earned money, and then you can be just as
proud of him like you are of Hatch, Frank, Pelosi, Reid, and all the other usual
freaks in DC.Lighten up.
Are we supposed to like this guy because he leg-wrestles? Do something
substantive and I will be impressed. Sleeping on a cot? Leg
wrestling? How is this helping the economy? Chaffetz seems pretty desperate to
get his name in the press - yet I have not heard about any legislation that he
will sponsor that has a prayer of being signed into law substantial. When Chaffetz' was a place kicker for BYU the WAC made a rule that you no
player couldn't take their helmet off while on the field - largely because
Chaffetz would rip it off whenever he had the chance so his face could be seen
on TV. I think news outlets should impose a similar rule now.
Don't give Chaffetz attention until he actually does something to deserve it!
GO JASON !!!!This nation needs more like you !!!
...after placekicking, 'cos he thought he was cute?Mr Cheffazz.
No. Keep it on. Really.
Oh man, the only thing funnier than the Colbert segment is these posts."The guy used to take his helmet off after he kicked...I think it was
vanity""while Rome burns our congressman is leg wrestling a
comedian""I was appalled to see Colbert brandish a handgun...that is
a stupid way to handle a firearm"Priceless stuff, really, priceless.
I loved the segment, thought it was awesome, and props to Chaffetz
to throwing down the leg wrestling challenge, I'm pretty sure he threw the
fight, but props for just doing it."Congressman, say hello to
Not sure I'm getting the point about the LDS Church and substance vs. style...
I'm shaking my head.Here's the deal. True that Chaffetz is just
starting out and I recognize that. I'm upset because we have substituted
leadership for someone with no experience with budgets, economy, or context -
Utah lost.People in the 3rd District have someone that just pulled
off a great PR stunt - that's it. When Chaffetz won the primary, Utah lost. Like
Cannon or not, Utah lost. Chaffetz will have an almost identical
voting record as Cannon with no ability to influence other Members - Utah
lost.Spin it whichever way you want - Utah lost this past election.
I was appalled to see Colbert brandish the handgun, point it at his own head,
threaten his guest with it, and stroke it affectionately. Whether real or fake,
loaded or empty, domedy or real life, that is a stupid way to handle a firearm.
Style over substance? Sounds like Utah in general and Mormonism specifically.
If you don't like what he represents, just look around. Too funny. Style and
no substance, Duh! And you even said "we". Congratulations.
I can't think of many issues where I agree with Chaffetz, but I'll give him due
credit for being able to laugh a bit :)
It is sad but half the time I don't think Chaffetz understood Colbert's jokes.
That ok, He will fit in nicely with all of the other congressman. "Do you ski?"
Lighten up, people, and give Chaffetz a chance, he's just starting. Even if his
ideas are extreme, they are still better than what Cannon was up to.
Hey trolls, you are the ones embarassing Utah with your narrow-minded,
name-calling comments. Still focused on the guys hair and football days, it's
pathetic. (At least some of you seem to have a sense of humor though.)Since you apparently cannot follow a story, let me remind you that this was
filmed MONTHS AGO. As in, before he was a Congressman. While Chaffetz put out
statements against the huge bailout and other issues, he was NOT in Washington
voting or able to do any legislating at the time. But I guess your favorite boy
Cannon did such a bang-up job there right?
Looks like he handled himself much better than other congressional members who
appeared on "Better Know a District." At least he can laugh, have some fun and
risk showing people he's a human being.
I think I disagree with Chaffetz on just about any issue you can dream up. That
said, I think it's great that he will go on Colbert's show. I say kudos.
Boy, reading some of these comments, you people take yourself way too serious!
I'll bet you would be the life of any party! (I you get offended/annoyed/miffed
by this comment, then this was directed at you!)Life has to have
humor, Congressman Chaffetz helped provide some, with the assistance of Mr.
Colbert.Congressman Chaffetz has not done anything yet, in office,
give him a chance & if great, in 2 years re-elect him, if not, vote him out.To Dr. Johnson, you can replace '3rd district' with 'United States' &
get the same point ... (By the way, I'm not Repub./Democ., I vote for the person
that best fits my conscience after looking hard at what they stand/stood for)AIMHO
Don't take any of these negative comments to heart. You're going to do great.
And thanks for the laughs - we need more in our lives. Lighten up people.
Actually he only took his helmet off if he made the kick. I recall whenever he
missed he left his helmet on...I guess he didn't want anyone to recognize him
for his missed kicks...Perhaps he should keep a helmet with him while in
Give Chaffetz a chance in office. He can't be any worse than the entrenched
"elected" congressmen and senators, who are looking out for our best
interests.(wink, wink) Term limits is the only solution....
This is so ridiculous. I can't believe that we elected this guy. The economy is
in the tank and all we can do it worry about who can beat who at leg wrestling?
This is the problem with a guy like Chaffetz - he's never seen a
camera he didn't like. WE'VE ELECTED STYLE OVER SUBSTANCE PEOPLE OF
THE 3RD DISTRICT! He has nothing to offer. What has he done in his
life? He's kicked balls and been the PR guy for Nuskin, that's it. We're
represented by a someone with no context. It makes me sick.
While Rome burns, Chaffetz fiddles.Chaffetz is not a policy guy. He
is a marketing guru. Obama is out pushing a $1 trillion bailout, and all
Chaffetz can tell the people is how wonderful he is. This is like
State Senator Curt Bramble. It is Chaffetz all the time on everything possible.
And did Chaffetz not all but admit he supports tents to deport all Hispanics?
Again, he embarrasses Utah with his radical xeonophobia and anti-Hispanic polite
rants.He is also support T Boone Picken's plan to have government
spend hundreds of billions on windmills, literally. Almost no serious person in
DC is supporting it, but Chaffetz is. Of course T Boone Picken's is a billionair
oilman. How many know he has sunk almost $2 billion into windmills? He has and
if he can get Washington DC to bailout his industry he will make amazing
profits. He managed to get Chaffetz to sign up for the windmill bailout. Doesn't
that make our own Chaffetz a rube? I think that's what they call it in DC
circles.By all means, go about promoting yourself Mr Chaffetz. Last
thing we need is leadership.I can't wait for the next election!!!!
At least Chaffetz is not so uptight as to refuse to have some fun, even if
Colbert's character has a way to embarrass nearly everyone he interviews.
Thanks, reporter, for adding the link to the article so we could watch for
I have yet to watch this segment but I'm a big fan of the Colbert Report and
watch it as often as I get a chance. I have yet to see anyone out-do
Colbert and from what was quoted in this article it would appear that Chaffetz
faired as well as anyone
Wow, I guess the trolls were out in force today. Nothing good to say about
Chaffetz, just rehashing his playing days. Which btw, was never mentioned in the
Living in the 3rd district, I couldn't bring myself to vote for Jason, even
though hid did make 49 PATs in a row. I didn't feel it was enough of an
accomplishment to warrent my vote. I did think the segment was pretty funny
though so if we vote him out of office in 2 years (please let's do!) at least we
know he could have a career being the straight man for a good comedian.
At least Chaffetz can laugh at himself and know what is comedy and what isn't,
as opposed to the likes of Harry Reid, who IS comedy, and doesn't even know it.
Ponder that for a while....
Well, I watched the segment, and it was funny. I moved here a year ago, and
can't believe how uptight my fellow Mormons can be. I think Chaffetz deserves
the credit for appearing on the show and having a sense of humor! Geesh.
Lighten up people!
It's nice to see that Chaffetz can laugh at himself. There's a million good
reasons to criticize Chaffetz but this isn't one of them. Anyone who steps in
the ring with Colbert has at least a portion of my respect. Besides, this just
might his largest contribution as a congressman.
Wow, I think some people need to freakin relax! give the guy a little time to
show what he can do.
Oh, Rob Bishop is the absolute cream of the crop. I am extremely proud to have
him as a Rep. I should have clarified that I am embarrassed for the
Republicans in the 3rd that voted for Chaffetz.
As a fellow Republican, you really don't need to be embarrased. We both live in
the 1st Congressional District, unless you are also embarrased by Rob Bishop.
As a conservative Republican, even I am ashamed by Chaffetz. Way to go Dist. 3.
Why would a grown man that has been elected to the United States Congress
challenge anyone, let alone a comedian obviously much smarter that Mr. Chaffetz,
to a leg wrestle?On top of that the entire district should be ashamed that
they allowed a Congressman with seniority to be ousted by an immature carpet
bagger. I guess thats what happens when you close your primarys and no one
It was a tight fit because of his big head.
Wasn't he actually using someone else's helmet who had a much smaller head? I
believe it was removed not because of vanity, but due to the excruciating pain
resulting from the extremely tight fit.
Haven't seen the show yet but I will say that anyone who's willing to risk a
studio encounter with Stephen Colbert deserves credit for the same.
BYU isn't really known for their place kickers. Sounds like a funny segment.
I just remember him immediately removing his helmet after kicking. This was
before it became a penalty to do so. I always thought that was pretty vain of
Yeah, he never was much of a place kicker....