Paul Ryan gets Playboy’d

As the Republican party flails around trying to find someone willing to be elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jessica Williams explains that the process by which Paul Ryan went rapidly from being a right wing extremist darling to being seen as suspiciously liberal is similar to what happened with Playboy magazine, because extreme right wing politics and hardcore pornography have a lot in common.

(This clip aired on October 13, 2015. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)


  1. PDX_Greg says

    Wow — that analogy is actually very well done — I was expecting the bad plays on words, but this is much more than that.

  2. Johnny Vector says

    Uh-oh, the autoplay problem returns! I’ve never had it before, but this one is doing it (I’ve reloaded several times and it does it every time, logged in or not). Safari 9.0 on OS X 10.10.5 (Yosemite).

  3. lorn says

    Autoplay for me also, Linux Mint with Firefox 41,0.1 and all the current Flash updates as recommended by Update Manager.

    By now I’ve been conditioned Singham with a Comedy Central vid and I automatically hunt it down and hit pause. Annoying but not too high a price to pay.

  4. lorn says

    And yes, the right-wing core constituency is hard up against the conflicting need for ever more extreme rhetoric, and the limits of power and possibility. Used to be the word liberal was enough to get a thrill, now comparisons to Hitler and open cries for secession don’t even raise an eyebrow.

  5. Chiroptera says

    This suggestion may not work for everyone, but I have my flash turned off by default on my browser (Firefox 40.0.1, Linux Mint 17.2). Each embedded video then shows up blank with a button to press if you want to watch that individual video.

  6. Mano Singham says

    Hmmm. Autoplay came for me today for the first time. Let me see if there is anything in the embed video that I can use to turn it off.

    I do notice a lot more auto play videos is sites that I visit. I have started turning off the sound by default.

  7. says

    extreme right wing politics and hardcore pornography have a lot in common.

    Besides being consumed in great amounts by the same people with unhealthy mentalities?

    As for playing, where’s the problem? I haven’t said anything about it because I didn’t want to harp, but this is the first time in months that a video from Comedy Central worked for me. Whatever you did, Mano, please don’t change it.

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