He's the comedian, but it's Washington that's full of clowns. David Koechner, who plays the somewhat folksy, definitely bigoted, sportscaster Champ Kind in the two "Anchorman" films, pursued political science before turning to comedy.
"I was under the foolish notion that as a politician I could actually help people," Koechner told Whispers. "It's hard to actually achieve any traction in politics -- you're either monied, you were born into it as a family or you are the brightest guy or woman in any room you walk into -- I was none of those three things."
So Koechner went the comedy route instead. On a trip to Chicago, he discovered the Second City, where Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and his "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" co-star Steve Carell got their start. His stint at the Second City was worth it, landing him a spot on "Saturday Night Live," before going on to NBC's "The Office" and the "Anchorman" films.
"I think perhaps me being in political science was just me seeking a stage," Koechner further explained.
That being said, Koechner still pays attention.
"They are all fools right now," he said. "I really believe they should all go."
The former poli sci student gave some suggestions for reform, including having more than two political parties.
"This two-party system is just a lie to the American people," he said. "It's hard to find the truth and it's certainly hard to find honesty, or someone that's not already sewed up into someone's pocket."
Koechner also said Congress should do something to rectify the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which removed campaign donation limits for corporations and other groups.
"They need to be made fun of," Koechner added. "If in a minor way that holds them somewhat accountable, then great. If it makes them think about what they're doing, then all the better."
The comedian hat tipped Colbert and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart for holding politicians' feet to the fire.
"They are probably trying to hold them more accountable than our day to day media," he said.
Koechner appeared Wednesday night in Tuesday at the Newseum to promote the new "Anchorman" movie, alongside actual anchorman CNN's Jake Tapper. (Koechner swiftly renamed Tapper "Jack Tap.") The Newseum is also hosting an "Anchorman" exhibit, which opened last month and attracted "Anchorman" star Will Ferrell, and stays on display until Aug. 31, 2014.