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James Comey’s Unsolicited Advice Gets the Takedown It Deserves From Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers

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Earlier this week, James Comey added his name to the list of people terrified of New York Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the left-leaning shift her popularity signals. This terror is coming from both sides of the political aisle, from established Democrats like Nancy Pelosi to conservative commentators, and now also James Comey.

After the former FBI director testified in front of a Senate Intelligence Committee last year, giving information about a meeting in which he alleges Donald Trump tried to get his cooperation in burying an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey enjoyed a brief respite from the seething hatred many Democrats felt towards him. We didn’t forget that he’s largely responsible for tanking the 2016 presidential election after he re-opened an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server that he himself had previously deemed completed, just two weeks before the election, but his testimony against Trump, full of quaint phrases like “Oh, lordy,” gave him the air of a folksy hero.

That goodwill was temporary. By the time Comey started his book tour, many Democrat voters were reminded of how exhausted we were of him, especially at a time when Hillary Clinton couldn’t say words in public without being told to go away.

James Comey is the exact last person Democrats want unsolicited election advice from. Twitter went all out in replying to his plea for sensible actions, but the tweet was so ridiculous, it really required a professional response. I can’t think of anyone better to take on this absurdity that Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, who re-teamed last night for their old SNL bit, “Really?!? With Seth & Amy.”

“Really, James Comey?” Seth says. “You wanna weigh in on things when there’s an election coming up? You feel like that’s gone well for you in the past?”

“Really, James Comey?” says Amy. “You’re worried the Democrats are going to move too far to the left? Really? I don’t know if you remember but we were just about to have a nice, boring, moderate Democrat for a president until you decided to open your mouth the week before the election, you big dumb scarecrow.”

“The idea of you playing advisor to the Democratic Party is kind of like the iceberg trying to join the crew of the Titanic.”

Really, James Comey. Really.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.