Maddow was in Atlanta to interview former President Jimmy Carter, but she spent the first part of her show on the bill and its chances of passage in Congress. She began, as she often does, with a seemingly unrelated few minutes on a recent hearings the Republicans held trying to block impending legislation about (of all things) the importing of humongous, exotic snakes. She cited this as an example of GOP dawdling on jobs. Then, Maddow turned to a speech Speaker John Boehner had given on Thursday, where, in her view, he exhibited several bouts of "head on desk, hypocritical inexplicability."
However, she said, some Democratic opposition to the American Jobs Act was also inexplicable. As an example, she turned to Bob Casey, the senator from Pennsylvania. In an interview with the New York Times, Casey said he wanted the bill broken up into pieces because it was too long:
"I think the American people are very skeptical of big pieces of legislation," Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, said in an interview Wednesday, joining a growing chorus of Democrats who prefer an à la carte version of the bill despite White House resistance to that approach. "For that reason alone I think we should break it up."
Maddow was flabbergasted.
"For that reason alone? Really?" she said, doing her best "Weekend Update" impersonation. "The objection to the bill is how long it is? What if we changed the font, sir? Would that be better for you? Widened the margins, maybe? How about if we put the whole thing in Comic Sans? That's kind of a compact font. Would that help? The problem is it's too long? Are you serious?"
While she was speaking, a text box written in Comic Sans (which would actually probably make the bill's length longer, but no matter) even popped up on the screen: