Video: Colbert runs for president — in South Carolina

posted at 5:05 pm on October 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

The ultimate manifestation of his and Stewart’s “clown nose off, clown nose on” comedian/commentator duality. Sure, it’s a gag, sure, it’s easy material for the next year — but while they’d never admit it, deep down they’re curious to see just how seriously people take them. On Sunday Howard Kurtz called Stewart the biggest influence on network news anchors these days, a claim Stewart himself doubtless would scoff at theatrically (clown nose on) … before proceeding to lecture a bit about media ethics (clown nose off).

How serious is Colbert about this? This serious. It sounds like he’s going to try to run in both primaries, although the Democrats are momentarily a little iffy about that idea. As far as affecting either race, young conservatives looking for a protest vote will opt for Paul but if Hillary’s way ahead on primary day, you might see young liberals toss a percent or two his way. And if they do, Stewart’s and Colby’s cheering section in the media will be absolutely insufferable about it.



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Visualize: Colbert participates in the Democrat debates.

Dennis Prager participates in the Republican debates.

RushBaby on October 17, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Celebrity announces publicity stunt. Film at 11. I suppose it’s better than calling the local paparazzi and then getting out of his car without any panties on.

pedestrian on October 17, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Bet his ratings suck down here…and this will help for about two days this week.

sunny on October 17, 2007 at 5:15 PM

That would awesome. Politics are a joke, lets go full-bore.

Spirit of 1776 on October 17, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Someone had to take Pat Paulson’s place….

For us ole folk who remember….

Romeo13 on October 17, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Cynthia McKinney can be his running mate in a Dem-Green combined ticket.

Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

baldilocks on October 17, 2007 at 5:18 PM

Ooooh, this guy is an original thinker. Pat Paulson was funnier and did the Presidential candidate thing much better. Been there done that. Colbert? Well, let’s just say he’s a waste of skin.

Andy in Agoura Hills on October 17, 2007 at 5:18 PM

Schmuck.

MadisonConservative on October 17, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Am I the only one out there who thinks Colbert and Stewart are not funny at all?

rbb on October 17, 2007 at 5:25 PM

I live in massachusetts, might as well write him in.

triple on October 17, 2007 at 5:29 PM

I loved Colbert on Strangers with Candy. These days… I loved Colbert on Strangers with Candy.

Jim Treacher on October 17, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Hey, it worked for Gracie Allen. If Colbert runs, he should do it under the banner of the Surprise Party.

GEORGE: “What made you decide on that name, Gracie?”

GRACIE: “Well, my daddy’s a Democrat, and my mother’s a Republican, and when I was born I was a surprise!”

GEORGE: “So was the Panic of 1907.”

REPORTER: “What do you think of the Neutrality Bill?”

GRACIE: “Well, if we owe it, let’s pay it!”

REPORTER: “Miss Allen, all the other candidates are talking about how to bring back prosperity. What are your thoughts?”

GEORGE: “She doesn’t even know what prosperity is!”

GRACIE: “I do too! Prosperity is when business is good enough so that you can buy the things on credit that you can’t afford anyway, and that’s where you can save up enough money to pay cash for new things after they’ve taken back the things you’ve got on credit, eyuhhhh.”

Well-Armed Lamb on October 17, 2007 at 5:30 PM

He’s Canadian. Not gonna happen.

Mazztek on October 17, 2007 at 5:31 PM

Am I the only one out there who thinks Colbert and Stewart are not funny at all?

rbb on October 17, 2007 at 5:25 PM

Well, Colbert for sure. Stewart’s humor is one style and one style only: the one-line jab or put down. His whole audience waits for it on the edge of their seats for 30 minutes. Otherwise he’s got nothing.

Andy in Agoura Hills on October 17, 2007 at 5:31 PM

I loved Colbert on Strangers with Candy. These days… I loved Colbert on Strangers with Candy.

Jim Treacher on October 17, 2007 at 5:30 PM

This

Ugly on October 17, 2007 at 5:36 PM

Her Thighness is getting the hit squad ready.

Iblis on October 17, 2007 at 5:40 PM

Whenever the libs trot out an unfunny, 5’6″ comdedian and puff them up as legitimate political commentators, I … what? Go ahead and scoff, but I can count at least 5 guys who fit this description. OK, two of them aren’t actually 5’6″, they come up around 5’3″…

Anywho, what was I saying? Oh, yeah. These little unfunny “men” that the libs trot out seem to disprove all of the Brown Shirt insults they hurl toward the right. If that were true in any sense, these twinkies would be afraid to appear in public.

Jaibones on October 17, 2007 at 6:04 PM

So does that mean that every time Colbert tells a political joke on his show, he has to give that candidate equal time??

Colbert and Stewart are to comedy

as velveeta is to cheese.

Always Right on October 17, 2007 at 6:17 PM

*sigh*

Does Colbert know this stunt he’s pulling has been, well, done before…ad nauseum?

JetBoy on October 17, 2007 at 6:28 PM

So does that mean that every time Colbert tells a political joke on his show, he has to give that candidate equal time??Always Right on October 17, 2007 at 6:17 PM

If I’m not mistaken that doesn’t apply to cable, only to broadcast radio and television.

Hollowpoint on October 17, 2007 at 6:36 PM

Am I the only one out there who thinks Colbert and Stewart are not funny at all?

rbb on October 17, 2007 at 5:25 PM

no

Wade on October 17, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Stole his entire career from one bit by Steve Martin.

Who finds his schtick anything but cheezy manque?

profitsbeard on October 17, 2007 at 6:58 PM

Who can blame him? He’s riding a wave. And you have to admit he makes fun of the liberals too.

The thing is…we on the right know when he making fun of us, but I don’t they on the left see it.

Rightwingsparkle on October 17, 2007 at 7:46 PM

Colbert had a very strong showing in the Ba Sing Se Caucus.

(A cookie to whomever gets the reference.)

ZK on October 17, 2007 at 8:35 PM

IMDB sez he was born in District Of Columbia 1964. His “schtick” was funny for a couple of shows, then grew tiresome. Stewart was a talented comedian that let politics over run his career. When Bush is out, his material will be pretty thin.

commonsensehoosier on October 17, 2007 at 9:16 PM

Someone had to take Pat Paulson’s place….

ya beat me to it.

shooter on October 17, 2007 at 9:52 PM

President of SC?

Colbert would dominate my state! (yeah, he is popular)

Darnell Clayton on October 17, 2007 at 10:42 PM

Okay, let’s look at something interesting here. I do share the confusion/interest/etc with some of the people posting on the New York Times blog.

But assuming he is serious, what would Mr. Colbert have to do to get on the Democratic ballot in the South Carolina primary, which is expected to be held on Jan. 26?

“Well, there’s two ways,’’ Mr. Werner said. “The first is you pay a $2,500 filing fee. And if you can’t afford to do the $2,500, you can gather 3,000 signatures.’’

and

However dismissive Mr. Dawson may be about Mr. Colbert’s plans, he said that he did not believe the Republicans could stop him from seeking both Republican and Democratic delegates.

“There is nothing in our filing that would prohibit him from running on both ballots, if he chose to pay the filing fees,’’ Mr. Dawson said.

And what is that fee? A steep $35,000, said Mr. Dawson.

1)Okay, so Republican filing fees are honestly $32,500 more expensive?

and

2) So, what do the election laws state? Hypothetically speaking, if Colbert runs only in South Carolina and he manages to win both parties or even one, what is his next step if he decides he’s serious? Or replace Colbert with anybody deciding to run. What would be the next step for somebody in that position? Is it just too late? I know South Carolina isn’t at the very top of the primaries.

mboprey on October 17, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Okay, Colbert just displayed on his show tonight that it’s $25,000 to file plus an additional $10,000 late fee for Republicans. As for the Democrats, he shows the $2,500 filing fee or the 3,000 petition thing.

However, he finishes the applications by signing Mitt Giuliani and Hillary Clintobama.

mboprey on October 17, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Celebrity announces publicity stunt. Film at 11. I suppose it’s better than calling the local paparazzi and then getting out of his car without any panties on.

pedestrian on October 17, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Nah, I’m pretty sure Colbert always wears panties ;)

mikeyboss on October 18, 2007 at 1:25 AM