Opponents of Republican Gov. Paul LePage believe he should only serve one term, and not just because of his policies. They argue that some of LePage’s comments have focused the national spotlight on Maine for all the wrong reasons, and in some cases have made Maine a national punch line.
On Wednesday, those opponents received another arrow in their quiver when comedian Stephen Colbert spoofed LePage’s reaction to discovering that eight unaccompanied minors who were picked up by border agents on the U.S.-Mexican border were placed in Maine without his knowledge.
Colbert, who will succeed David Letterman as the host of the Late Show on CBS, devoted the opening segment of his popular “Colbert Report” on Comedy Central to the national outrage over the federal government’s placement of some of these unaccompanied children with sponsors and family members in states without first informing the governors. Before playing clips from Fox News expressing concern that no one knows where these minors are, Colbert jokes: “Now that the kids are actually here, we don’t even know what parts of America they are destroying first.”
Colbert then spends about a minute and a half tackling the apparent crisis in Maine.
“Folks, nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in Maine — the Plastic Bib State. Because out of the 52,000 in federal custody, Uncle Sam is unfairly saddling Maine with a whopping eight of them.”
After showing a black-and-white photo of a grinning LePage with a quote from his press release Tuesday about Maine not being able to afford the kids, Colbert concludes his segment with a knee-slapper:
“Folks, I never realized Maine was in such dire financial straits. They’re just one Octomom away from bankruptcy.”
There’s plenty of other comedic bits in the four-minute segment, which can be viewed below.