You KNOW how they do: The Daily Show on the RNC (large link, Quicktime req'd)
Jon Stewart, Anchor: What did you make of [Monday night’s] focus on September 11th?
Stephen Colbert, Senior Convention Analyst: Well, remember, Jon, 9/11 and its aftermath bring to mind a time of unprecedented national unity when, from the crucible of an unthinkable national tragedy, there arose a steely patriotism transcending ideology and partisanship. That stuff kills in the swing states. Those NASCAR dads suck it down in a feeding tube.
Stewart: So, you had no problem with it.
Colbert: Jon, I found it “crass-tastic.” The message was delivered by Republicans’ most popular figures, John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani, two men of bravery and leadership, qualities the pResident would very much like associated with him.
Stewart: Well, Stephen, let me ask you this. What is [Tuesday night’s] theme?
Colbert: [Tuesday night], Jon, they took [Monday night’s] theme, a Bush victory would bring closure to the 9/11 families, and built on it with a theme of compassion. We heard from widows, orphans, the enfeebled, the limbless – all raising their voice in support of the pResident, whose compassion, like the Olympics, triumphantly springs forth every four years. You see, it all goes with the overall theme of this convention: a time for unmitigated gall.
Stewart: But Stephen, to be perfectly fair, aren’t all political conventions manipulative?
Colbert: No, Jon, to call this convention “manipulative” is to call Marcel Marceau “a little quiet.” These people are artists, operating at the peak of their abilities. For example, take Thursday night’s theme: fuck you, what are you going to do about it?