Oh God, It’s Mom — C-SPAN Caller Berates Her Two Pundit Sons, Results In Best C-SPAN Video Ever

Kevin Bostic - Author

Dec. 16 2014, Updated 12:54 p.m. ET

You ever sit and watch C-SPAN — hey, wait, stay with us! Stay awake now! — you ever watch C-SPAN and wish that someone would call in to put the arguing talking heads in their place? You’re in luck — one supremely Southern mama did just that on a recent C-SPAN show, calling in to tell her two sons to quit the yapping, in a way that only a mother could.

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Brad and Dallas Woodhouse have a pretty good schtick going, being that they’re brothers who occupy opposite ends of the political spectrum. They pop up on pundit shows and yammer back and forth, and it’s got the extra flair of the sort of sniping that only brothers can truly do. One would imagine that it makes for solid watching for those that are out of other ideas for how to get to sleep.

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Thanks to the presumable insomniacs over at the Washington Post, though, (h/t: Jezebel) we came across video of the Woodhouse brothers receiving an unexpected call from their mother, live on Washington Journal. The result is likely the best thing that has ever aired on C-SPAN. Granted, most C-SPAN coverage that makes news usually has to do with somebody dropping a few N-Bombs, but that shouldn’t take away from this treasure. Mama Woodhouse’s appearance is pure gold.

The Woodhouse matriarch somehow got through with perfect timing on C-SPAN’s normal line, and she took her two boys to task for their continual bickering. Mrs. Woodhouse has by this point endured decades of Brad and Dallas’ back-and-forth, and it looks like she wants to have just one holiday that doesn’t dissolve into argument and sniping over dinner.

“I don’t know many families that are fighting at Thanksgiving,” Mrs. Woodhouse said. “I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas. I would really like a peaceful Christmas.”

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Mrs. Woodhouse’s beleaguered request is just one bit of the beauty of this clip, though. Some true magic occurs just as she begins her call. Check the 15-second mark, where the brothers are overjoyed to be hearing from “somebody down South.”

Then check the 18-second mark where the Woodhouse brothers simultaneously recognize their mother’s voice.

“Oh God, it’s Mom.”

Yep. It’s Mom. Neither of the Woodhouse boys has much to say with Dear Mom on the phone, and the Washington Journal host feels obliged to let us know that Mrs. Woodhouse’s call-in wasn’t scripted, as if we couldn’t tell that from Brad and Dallas’ faces. If you looked up “mortification” in the dictionary, you’d find a gif of those reactions. “Oh God, it’s Mom.”

Mrs. Woodhouse lets her sons have it for a couple of minutes, during which time the Woodhouse boys could manage little more than “I love you, Mom.”

“And I love politics,” Mrs. Woodhouse replied.

And we all love C-SPAN for this.


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