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A screenshot from Thursday's episode of "The Colbert Report."

The Huffington Post, New York magazine, and MSNBC all picked up Cap Times writer Jessie Opoien’s story Wednesday about Gov. Scott Walker confusing “Molotov” with “Mazel Tov” in a letter to a Jewish constituent when he was Milwaukee County Executive.

But it wasn’t until we saw The Cap Times logo on “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central Thursday night that we knew that the story had really blown up.

Stephen Colbert neatly skewered Walker over the gaffe, and gave the Cap Times a nice plug to boot, all under the guise of his clueless conservative commentator character. See the segment here or below.

“The next President of the United States will be Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker,” Colbert said. “I’m calling it for Scott Walker right now, because he’s proven that he’s smarter than he looks, sounds, and governs.”

Noting that Walker is one of several GOP hopefuls trying to woo pro-Israel casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Colbert brought up Opoien’s story about Walker writing a letter to a Jewish constituent saying he would be happy to display a menorah in the County Building, signing it “Thank you again and Molotov.”

“Walker probably meant “Mazel Tov,” which is Yiddish for “Congratulations,” and not “Molotov,” which is a bottle of gasoline with a lit rag stuffed in the neck used to firebomb tanks. Though, in Walker’s defensive, eight Molotov cocktails would make for a very festive menorah. They said the gas would only burn for one night!”

Then, claiming himself a “friend of the children of Israel,” Colbert offered to make a statement in Walker’s defense, which is worth repeating in full:

“Jewish Nation, Scott Walker is a good guy. He’s a real munch. Although he doesn’t wear a Yamaha or observe the sherbet, the important thing is that he was ready to display that menorah. I’m sure, given the chance, he would also have displayed the majorah.

“And we’re not even talking about a major Jewish holiday here. It’s not like this is Yom Tupac Shakur or Sha Na Na, or even Sucrose. If it wasn’t the same time as Christmas, no one would even talk about Hanna Hakuna Matata. It’s just a fun family holiday where you eat potato tchotchkes and you spin the dildo.

“Let’s just cut Scott Walker some slack,” concluded Colbert, getting out a bottle of wine. “So, to my Jewish viewers, I raise a glass of Lenny Kravitz and say a hearty “L’Heimlich Maneuver!”

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Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.

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