Warning to Democrats: Steer clear of Colbert

Rahm Emanuel tells his charges that the fame isn't worth the risk.

Published March 15, 2007 2:15PM (EDT)

Rahm Emanuel's advice to new House Democrats: Stay away from Stephen Colbert. As Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen tells the Hill, the chairman of Democratic Caucus is telling his new charges that the publicity to be won by appearing on "The Colbert Report" isn't worth the risk that one will end up looking like a fool in the process. "He said don't do it ... it's a risk and it's probably safer not to do it," Cohen says.

Cohen ignored the advice -- a number of the new Democrats have done the same, apparently -- only to have Colbert ask him whether he's "the first Jew from Tennessee" and whether his claim that he has "the voting record of a black woman" means that he is, in fact, a black woman.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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