05/10/2011 09:08 am ET | Updated Jul 10, 2011

Jon Stewart Rips Fox News' First GOP Presidential Debate (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart's "Indecision 2012" coverage has taken a back seat to covering Osama bin Laden's death, which is probably why he launched his "Indecision 2012: Good Luck Mother****ers" edition on Monday night's show.

While Stewart finds it hard to imagine a candidate beating President Obama post-killing bin Laden, he had to comment on who showed up to the first Republican Presidential debate Fox News held May 2, or rather, who didn't show up (For the full list of who wasn't there, check the right-hand side of "The Daily Show" website).

Without Trump, Palin, or any of the other colorful GOP characters we saw debate last weekend on "SNL," the first debate was lackluster. But don't worry -- Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain gave Stewart plenty of material to work with.

Stewart first went after Ron Paul for coming off as too centrist. Withdrawl from Afghanistan? No more torture? Drugs and gay marriage should be legal? Paul's stated platforms were way too liberal for Stewart, who couldn't believe he wasn't taking advantage of such a weak conservative field ("Feed them some Christian Conservative red meat!" he suggested).

And even when Paul's platforms got him applause, Stewart sarcastically threw up his hands in frustration:

"No! The correct answer is 'prayer in schools'!"

As for the other candidates, Pawlenty got called "McCain Jr." by Stewart for reversing his positions on cap and trade, torture and stem cells without question, and Santorum got the usual "just Google his name" jabs. Cain got chided by Stewart too, not for his platforms per se, but more for his having "won" the debate:

"So there you have it. Republicans have surveyed the field and believe their best chance to win is a charismatic black guy with a funny name."


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