This clip (embedded below) from CBS’ Late, Late Show with host Craig Ferguson materialized on Youtube almost instantaneously this morning. As I write (now 1:20a.), the talk show is still airing on the West Coast.
First Letterman, now Ferguson. The CBS talk-show hosts are really roasting McCain tonight.
Newly-minted American citizen and true believer, Ferguson had this to say about John McCain’s decision to suspend his presidential campaign.
I can’t believe John McCain wants to suspend the debate. You can’t suspend the democratic process just because we’re facing problems! At what point do you think that, "well maybe we’ll suspend the election, we’ll have the elections later."
Some people have done that before. Castro did it. Napoleon did it. Julius Caesar did it.
Ferguson then approached the camera, shaking his finger at the viewing audience.
Listen, listen, listen. You can’t do that! If you want to take a couple days off, spend it with your kids - I think McCain’s kids are in their fifties or something…but you don’t say "we’re suspending the campaign." You can’t say that! It’s the democratic process.
We didn’t suspend it for 9/11. We didn’t suspend it for Pearl Harbor. We didn’t suspend it for the Nazis. We didn’t suspend it for the damn British! We don’t do that in America!! We don’t! There’s no suspending the campaign!
Democracy first, first, first, first, first! Democracy first!
Ferguson’s parting shot, at the conclusion of tonight’s show: "I hope you remember, we don’t suspend the democratic process in America."