WATCH: Jon Stewart Nails the Absurdity of Mary Landrieu's Keystone XL Pipeline Bid
Jon Stewart teed off for an extended rant about Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's transparent ploy to get re-elected by introducing a bill to greenlight the Keystone XL Pipeline. The comedian noted that Landrieu's bid was fairly hopeless given that she was far behind her Republican challenger in the vote count. "She faces a run-off in much the same way a skier would face off against an avalanche," he quipped.
Depressingly, many Democratic senators seemed more than happy to sell their souls and support the pipeline in the hopeless quest to save Landrieu's seat. "So, the party that lost the midterm elections because it stood for nothing, decided to stand for even less," Stewart noted, accurately.
Landrieu's arguments for the pipeline were, shall we say, not credible. She claimed it would create "millions of jobs." But Sen. Barbara Boxer told her fellow Senators that she talked to the CEO of the Transcanada, who told her it would create 35 jobs. "So, somewhere between 35 and millions," Stewart said. "That includes, basically, all numbers."
On a sidenote, Stewart pointed out that just the creation of jobs might not be an adequate argument for building something that could have catastrophic consequences to the environment. "You could also hire a hundred people to chisel dicks in Mt. Rushmore," he said. "Doesn't mean you should."
Landrieu lost that fight. The pipeline went down by one vote. That means it's gone forever, right? Well, no. Once the Senate becomes Republican controlled in January, it will likely be among the first orders of business.
"And when it does pass," Stewart concluded, "Mary Landrieu can be thankful that even though it didn't save her job, she can apply for one of the 35 to millions of jobs created by the pipeline."