Jon Stewart points out that politicians' and pundits' reaction to the letter sent by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and other Republicans to Iran is the inverse of how they reacted in 2007 when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite disapproval from the Bush administration.
Stewart juxtaposed clips of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) praising Pelosi in 2007 and criticizing Republicans this week, while Sean Hannity and John Bolton did the opposite.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill disagreed that there were similarities with the two situations, calling it a "desperate" defense by Republicans surprised by the negative backlash to the letter in a statement Wednesday. But Stewart saw the responses as a predictable reaction from our gridlocked government.
"Clearly the situational ethics of this country's leadership is easy to catalog, but the real takeaway from this seems to be no matter how evil our president or our Congress believes Iran to be, they would each rather deal with the ayatollah than each other," he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story missattributed a quote from a Pelosi spokesman.