We are smack dab in the middle of what is traditionally the slowest news month of the year, with Congress in recess and seemingly the rest of the world on vacation. While this seasonal news drought can lead to some very dull headlines, as "The Daily Show" proved Monday night, it can also pay off in unexpected ways.
Oliver began by highlighting the positive aspects of Australian democracy – namely, that citizens are required by law to vote. "They spend a huge amount of time and energy getting people to the polls, rather than spending time, energy and a Supreme Court decision preventing them," he noted.
He also suggested Americans ought to adopt the speedy timeline of Australian elections, which last a mercifully brief four weeks and yet still manage to provide enough scandals, pratfalls and "human gaffe-alanches" to keep late-night TV writers in business.
Oliver found that the island nation has its own
But perhaps most delightful of all for Oliver, Australia even has its very own “right-wing woman thrust into the national political spotlight she’s not only unprepared for but at times seems to barely comprehend” – a.k.a. its very own
The country's "pure, uncut" version of the gaffe-prone former Alaska governor comes in the form of Stephanie Banister, a parliamentary candidate who recently made headlines for mistakenly asserting that Islam is a country, that "haram" is the holy book read by Muslims rather than a term referring to sinful behavior, and that kosher food is acceptable because Jews "follow Jesus Christ."
"Australia, you truly are a nation of criminals," Oliver said, "because with that magnificent sound bite, you just stole my heart."