Gov. Nikki Haley vets Stephen Colbert for Senate

posted at 10:41 am on December 14, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

This is fun for a Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley is now deciding who will take Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) place when he leaves the Senate to head up The Heritage Foundation.

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert tops the list of preferred appointments with South Carolinians, according to a PPP poll:

Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.

It’s Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they’d like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.

So, there’s that. You can fret about what this says about the voting public, wonder whether it’s the Senate they’re goofing on or the pollsters, or you can just play along with the joke.

That’s what Haley did yesterday, acknowledging the public’s desire for a satirist in the Senate by giving him a vetting worthy of a satirist.

Here’s what she found out:

Stephen Colbert

Given that news updates out of South Carolina on this subject have been scarce, Haley seemed to enjoy keeping the political press wondering, as it did in almost ludicrous fashion over this:

Just prior to releasing her research on Mr. Colbert, Ms. Haley posted some lyrics from Adele’s hit “Rumor Has It” on her Facebook page. The ellipsis-filled status update, which was also shared on Twitter, simply included the song’s title and some of the words without any further explanation from Ms. Haley, prompting MSNBC’s Chuck Todd to wonder whether the post actually came from her. Politicker reached out to a spokesman for the governor who confirmed the Facebook post was something “she personally did herself.”

The field of possibilities remains unchanged:

Her short list means South Carolina could have its first Black U.S. senator or first female senator.

The person with knowledge of the process says the Republican governor is choosing among U.S. Reps. Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy, former first lady Jenny Sanford, state agency director Catherine Templeton, and former state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Speculation abounds over who she might pick to fill the seat through 2014, when voters will choose someone to serve the remaining two years of DeMint’s term. The guesses began as soon as DeMint announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Names tossed out as possibilities include the state’s four congressmen recently re-elected to their second term.

Scott was just named to the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

If Colbert actually ever did make it to the Hill, we have pretty good evidence that it would suck all the funny out of him, anyway. It’s happened before.


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Sure he would make a good bookend for Al Franken.

redguy on December 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Nikki Haley continues to play games, and in so doing is making herself look like a fool. Tim Scott is the obvious choice- the right choice, with Trey Gowdy a very close second – Haley needs to stop screwing around, and do the right thing.

Pork-Chop on December 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Can’t have a US Senator with weird ears. Oh, wait …

TXUS on December 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I’m sorry, but this is dumb. Colbert is a clown, and for Haley to give this any oxygen whatsoever makes a mockery of the entire process. Not that it isn’t anyway, but you should at least avoid that perception.

Incidentally, does Scott being named to Ways and Means mean he’s not going to be chosen? I really hope it’s not Jenny Sanford.

changer1701 on December 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Strange how much press Colbert gets considering his show has very low Nielsen ratings.

Alvin Greene > Colbert

Alvin Greene is smarter and funnier.

sentinelrules on December 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

This story is 100% BS.

jake-the-goose on December 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Stop d*cking around here. Country is on the bring of ruin, we’re losing the best guy in the Senate, and she’s playing stupid publicity stunts.

The Count on December 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Haley should make the pick before the end of the year and get on with it.

The longer this dawdles on, the greater risk she takes of becoming the next David Paterson.

Robert_Paulson on December 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Does Ham get paid for this dreck?

Doesn’t Haley have better things to do- or is she just a joker like Governor Fleece? Our country has been stolen from us. We’re not in the mood for this frat-house humour.

Grow up.

sartana on December 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Is Haley playing the culture/entertainment world game that Ace called for after the election defeat? Just food for thought . . .

mwbri on December 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Stop d*cking around here. Country is on the bring of ruin, we’re losing the best guy in the Senate, and she’s playing stupid publicity stunts.

The Count on December 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Seeing what happend in November I don’t blame her, because apparently American prize style way way way over substance.

ChunkyLover on December 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

“I was going to stumble around the capital pantsless with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s.”

And you are sure that you are not a Kennedy?

Valkyriepundit on December 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

ChunkyLover on December 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Bingo, chunky.

mwbri on December 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Trey Gowdy should be Nikki Haley’s first and only candidate. Try has what it takes to ask tough questions and demand those question be answered, perhaps having Trey ask some question of Erick Holder and just what the hell he thought he was doing would be a good idea.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Since our fed govt has become a joke, this makes perfect sense.

Bevan on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Is it a Hot Gas site requirement that commenters have no sense of humor? I only ask because this thread seems to have no appreciation of South Carolina humor.

Of course there’s always the possibility that I’m not the only one who think Colbert’s comedic ability is about one centimeter deep. He’s generally unfunny to anybody over ten years of age. Same with that fool in Minnesota.

platypus on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

…is Haley going to vet Harold & Kumar too ?

KOOLAID2 on December 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Agreed with most here. She’s whiffing on an easy one by allowing this to become Colbert’s little media circus, when she could have just announced Tim Scott and been done with it. She might think she’s having fun, but the left doesn’t regard her with well-meaning humor. Colbert is floating on a 2014 run against whoever beats Graham in the primary and she’s giving him enough play by even pretending to take the idea seriously.

Gingotts on December 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Stop d*cking around here. Country is on the bring of ruin, we’re losing the best guy in the Senate, and she’s playing stupid publicity stunts.

The Count on December 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Obama being elected twice is pretty much proof that the majority of the America vote is based on celebrity worship rather than logic and reason.

sentinelrules on December 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

OT: School shooting at elementary school in CT.

Night Owl on December 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

This is closer to reality then what we want to let ourselves believe.

Celebrity Politicians will be the common Populism norm. Stewart could easily be elected. Even MikaPoo could get the nod and win somewhere.

Senator Matt Damon, coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

FlaMurph on December 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Of course there’s always the possibility that I’m not the only one who think Colbert’s comedic ability is about one centimeter deep. He’s generally unfunny to anybody over ten years of age. Same with that fool in Minnesota.

platypus on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

…when you’re over ten years of age…and roll a couple of fat ones…Colbert’s comedic ability increses to two or three centimeter’s deep…depending on the quality of the weed!

KOOLAID2 on December 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

My pick would be Tim Scott. He is Demin’t choice, and that’s good enough for me. I trust Demint’s judgement 100%.

Raquel Pinkbullet on December 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

…Sean (Penn) for Senate!

KOOLAID2 on December 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Trey Gowdy should be Nikki Haley’s first and only candidate. Try has what it takes to ask tough questions and demand those question be answered, perhaps having Trey ask some question of Erick Holder and just what the hell he thought he was doing would be a good idea.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

x2 !

hillsoftx on December 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Trey Gowdy should be Nikki Haley’s first and only candidate. Try has what it takes to ask tough questions and demand those question be answered, perhaps having Trey ask some question of Erick Holder and just what the hell he thought he was doing would be a good idea.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Agreed.

gracie on December 14, 2012 at 11:09 AM

She might think she’s having fun, but the left doesn’t regard her with well-meaning humor.

So? A little lighthearted publicity stunt wouldn’t hurt. I don’t think it’d be a good idea if conservative politicians took themselves TOO seriously, that might be a turnoff to younger voters.

TMOverbeck on December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

She’s having some fun, and it’s nice to see these days.

I’m more worried about some of the posters in this thread, with their dour opinions and crass comments, they seem to be acting like descendents of John Calvin.

To them I quote: “Lighten up, Francis.”

TKindred on December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

She’s got something… and it’s effing golden.

Ted Torgerson on December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Trey Gowdy should be Nikki Haley’s first and only candidate. Try has what it takes to ask tough questions and demand those question be answered, perhaps having Trey ask some question of Erick Holder and just what the hell he thought he was doing would be a good idea.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thought I like Trey Gowdy’s tough questioning, what has it actually produced?

It seems to me it is simply grandstanding and pure politics until those tough questions are actually answered by someone on the other end…

If he doesn’t get answers to those questions, it is barely more effective than us asking questions in these comments.

weaselyone on December 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Lighten up, it’s not as if the current clowns infesting Congress are getting anything substantial done anyway. Might as well have a little fun before it all collapses .

Bishop on December 14, 2012 at 11:12 AM

suck all the funny out of him? I wasn’t aware that he had any.

ted c on December 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

How about Dennis Miller. Two birds there, pop culture entertainer AND conservative. No one better to expose Franken for the boob he is.

ratherbskiing on December 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

These forever juveniles get on my nerves. Running the country
or state should be serious business because we are in serious
trouble. Or is South Carolina one of the states who are without problems?

Couldn’t she just have ignored this silly poll?

I am sure the rinos in the repub party are telling her who to
appoint. Which will be very telling. Is Scott of the Allen West
type of black or the Colin Powell type?

Amjean on December 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Tim Scott is the obvious choice- the right choice, with Trey Gowdy a very close second – Haley needs to stop screwing around, and do the right thing.

Pork-Chop on December 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Those two choices are only obvious to real conservatives.

Nikki Haley isn’t a conservative as far as I Can tell.

UltimateBob on December 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Those two choices are only obvious to real conservatives.

Nikki Haley isn’t a conservative as far as I Can tell.

UltimateBob on December 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I have yet to understand why the jilted wife of an ex-governor has any standing to begin with.

Happy Nomad on December 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I’m pretty sure he stunk up the White House Correspondents Dinner also. Washington does bad things to people.

Cindy Munford on December 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

TMOverbeck on December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

In a normal situation such a lighthearted attitude should be very much the norm. We should all be able to get along and debate the best ideas for advancing the goals of this nation.

Unfortunately those days have long passed. While we cheerfully banter, the left is playing a bloodsport. They’re deliberately destroying our traditions, our way of life, our freedom. It’s an offshoot of Romney’s kid gloves and the “he’s a nice guy” crap. I don’t care to joke around with a leftist that would gladly step in to turn our once great nation into a backward oligarchy where human rights are near-nonexistent.

So fight hard and turn off younger voters, or be lighthearted and lose the voters to the growing corruption and media bias that we refuse to address out of fear of rocking the boat.

Gingotts on December 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Thought I like Trey Gowdy’s tough questioning, what has it actually produced?

It seems to me it is simply grandstanding and pure politics until those tough questions are actually answered by someone on the other end…

If he doesn’t get answers to those questions, it is barely more effective than us asking questions in these comments.

weaselyone on December 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You absolutely cannot get the answers to the tough questions if nobody in Congress is willing to ask those tough questions. Would you rather nobody ask any tough questions at all? As a Senator it will be even more difficult for the Democrats to ignore Try asking those tough questions than it is as him asking them as a congressman.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Does anyone in South Carolina understand that Colbert is not really a conservative? His schtick started on The Daily Show as a satire making fun of conservatives. Do people really not understand this?

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Just prior to releasing her research on Mr. Colbert, Ms. Haley posted some lyrics from Adele’s hit “Rumor Has It” on her Facebook page.

Politicians should not be allowed near Facebook or Twitter. It rarely puts them in a good light.

KS Rex on December 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

hoping for Scott or Dowdy, but when in doubt, bet on the old white RINO

commodore on December 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Amjean: “Couldn’t she just have ignored this silly poll?”
She’s trying to lighten things up in SC, after us South carolinians had their social security #’s, bank accounts, & other vital information hacked. Doing a poor job of it; just what we need, another Al Franken.
However, it appears Congress is morphing into one big joke, laughing all the way to the Treasury.

Belle on December 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Jenny Sanford? Why on earth?

Scriptor on December 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I’m sorry. This guy is just not funny. Ever.

Captain Kirock on December 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You absolutely cannot get the answers to the tough questions if nobody in Congress is willing to ask those tough questions. Would you rather nobody ask any tough questions at all? As a Senator it will be even more difficult for the Democrats to ignore Try asking those tough questions than it is as him asking them as a congressman.

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I am just tired of rewarding people with praise because of their process-oriented thinking. America used to reward results, but we are now stuck in process.

It is a result of the leftward trek of our culture.

It doesn’t matter what the result is, it only matters that we tried.

Participation trophies for all.

Someone has to ask the tough questions, but we should not get all gooey because they did. Asking tough questions should be a minimum expectation.

I like Trey Gowdy, I just don’t believe in raising him on a pedestal because of asking tough questions that have yet to garner any results.

weaselyone on December 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

weaselyone on December 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

To put it another way, we should be focusing our attention on the folks who dodge the questions and forcing them to answer, we should not be focusing on praising the person asking the questions that get no answer.

weaselyone on December 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Basically, his support in the SC polls is purely a function of his block support from the few liberal Dems in SC. He’s only at 20% or so total.

Robert_Paulson on December 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

She might think she’s having fun, but the left doesn’t regard her with well-meaning humor.

So? A little lighthearted publicity stunt wouldn’t hurt. I don’t think it’d be a good idea if conservative politicians took themselves TOO seriously, that might be a turnoff to younger voters.

TMOverbeck on December 14, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Echoing you and ChunkyLover and mwbri and others, it seems like everyone’s in full blowhard mode today. Here’s the thing. Appearing to have a sliver of sense of humor is actually pretty key to getting people not to hate your guts. Getting people to not hate your guts is a pretty key part of getting and staying in office. Levity and humor, in the right measure, are not handicaps for politicians. They are lifeblood, especially these days, when so much of culture is connected to, yes, figures like Colbert.

Colbert has shown he’s happy to be a gadfly of South Carolina politics and will continue to pop up in these conversations. He will necessarily get a lot of press, whether you like it or not, a) because many people in South Carolina like him and b) because he’s a celebrity. Putting out a genuinely pretty funny, tongue-in-cheek “vetting” of Colbert was a very good way for Haley to get about 20 friendly, light stories written about her administration, which by the way, ALL made mention of lesser-known, great folks like Gowdy and Scott, thereby giving them a modicum of awareness and cool outside of political junkie circles by being associated with Colbert.

It doesn’t seem like something you should be mad about. Frankly, it’s something conservatives should do more of. But even if you don’t like this particular act, there’s no need to get so all-fired mad about it. I get this kind of rage a lot from people when I tweet about—gasp!—something other than politics. It’s unattractive and self-righteous. Real people care about a lot other than politics. Connecting with them requires that you do, too.

Also, remember how Reagan never, ever told a joke? Sure, this is a different style of humor, but it coincides with a change in culture and voters—value judgments aside—inarguably more influenced by pop culture and celebrity comics than they used to be.

Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Haley will make the wrong choice as she did by supporting Romney. She’s a lightweight.

they lie on December 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Well said, Mary Katherine, well said.

Those folks complaining about her sense of humor just don’t get how things work in the real world.

TKindred on December 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Our politics in this Nation has reached the point
of a Parody of Absurdity.

ToddPA on December 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

It’s sad that as a country, we’re more star struck and American Idol than we are concerned for the welfare of this once great nation.

Some in Hollywood are born leaders, but less than 1 1/10 of 1%. Yet, we still pine for CLOWNS to run our country. Those that are paid to act like someone else for a living.

Al Franken and Stephen Colbert……..

I never ever thought I would be ashamed of my country. But, it’s an Obamanation now.

Sponge on December 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

. Appearing to have a sliver of sense of humor is actually pretty key to getting people not to hate your guts.
Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Knock,Knock.

portlandon on December 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Ronald Reagan once thought about arm wrestling Chuck Norris, so Chuck Norris surrendered… o_O

SWalker on December 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Mary: “Real people care about a lot other than politics”
Absolutely!
Michael devoted a major portion of his radio show yesterday to nutritional & medical issues. It was very interesting. He was talking about how so many were let down by the election, fox news,…all hopes were up & then nothing. Discussed importance of branching out to other topics.

Belle on December 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM

There are enough clowns in the Senate.

Johnny 100 Pesos on December 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Haley could never go against the will of the people of SC. If a plurality wants Colbert then she would never go against that. How much did Mitt win SC by in the primaries??? Haley is beyond a squish. A squash??

rik on December 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Also, remember how Reagan never, ever told a joke? Sure, this is a different style of humor, but it coincides with a change in culture and voters—value judgments aside—inarguably more influenced by pop culture and celebrity comics than they used to be.

Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Not sure if that first line had an implied /sarc, but I remember the “we’ve outlawed the Soviet Union. The bombs start dropping in 15 minutes” open mic joke.

dentarthurdent on December 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The problem is that we’re beyond the days where such humor would stop anybody from hating one’s guts. The error isn’t even in Haley joking around as much as it is in assuming that Colbert is joking along with her.

If these sorts of moments had any chance of defusing the situation, I’d say great. The left does not stop campaigning though; they haven’t in at least six years. At this point though the only safe measure is to assume they’re up to something political, something probably dirty, and any dealing with them is bound to backfire or be twisted for later use against conservatives. Colbert isn’t somebody I’d trust the slightest bit. It’s all too obvious that as he jokes back, he’s picturing himself standing alongside Al Franken.

As far as Haley, I’m less annoyed with this one instance as I am with the overall dragging it out and playing to the press. Floating Jenny Sanford was the final straw moment that just made me say come on appoint Scott (or Gowdy would be okay too) and be done with it.

Maybe I’m being uptight here, but seeing a nation go stupid enough to repeat their largest mistake does that to me.

Gingotts on December 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM

A little humor isn’t a bad thing, as long as you don’t try to become just a comedian. Have a little fun, and move on.

So far, so good.

tom on December 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

It MUST be a slow news day…

Khun Joe on December 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Seriously……the country is lost.

If you’re going for Al Franken and Colbert why not just get the cast of Saturday Night Live or Pretty Little Liars to be the Congress instead of the one we have?

What about the SNL cast votes on a budget that the Pretty Little Liars House sends them and then the “X Factor” judges are the final deciders?

THAT way we’d at least get a budget.

I alternate between thinking this is TEATERMERICA or SODOMERICA (Sodom and Gommorah with technology). But maybe this is really this is all just a reality show like Truman set up by a far superior alien race that’s watching and having a hoot?

PappyD61 on December 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

But maybe this is really this is all just a reality show like Truman set up by a far superior alien race that’s watching and having a hoot?

PappyD61 on December 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Or maybe it’s a simulation after all and the player is just busting it all apart before the ragequit.

It’s SimCity. Turn on the earthquakes, the floods, the Godzilla, the endlessly spending fools, the tornados, the perverts…

Gingotts on December 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

I’m sorry, but this is dumb. Colbert is a clown, and for Haley to give this any oxygen whatsoever makes a mockery of the entire process.

changer1701 on December 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

You guys are a hoot. We spend a month complaining that the culture is anti-GOP, but as soon as one of our guys starts engaging, you complain that they’re “not being serious”. Hello, we just lost an election because our guy was too serious and people thought he was out of touch with their lives. Get over “serious” and get on with making GOP politics as entertaining as Dem politics.

alwaysfiredup on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

You guys are a hoot. We spend a month complaining that the culture is anti-GOP, but as soon as one of our guys starts engaging, you complain that they’re “not being serious”. Hello, we just lost an election because our guy was too serious and people thought he was out of touch with their lives. Get over “serious” and get on with making GOP politics as entertaining as Dem politics.

alwaysfiredup on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Why empower a disgusting stooge like Colbert? He’s a moral coward and a Kermit Gosnell award winner (Cafeteria Catholic division) who despises every good and decent thing this country stands for.

ebrown2 on December 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Seriously? Well, he should fit right in with some of that crowd already occupying DC. Call Max B for a good time.

Kissmygrits on December 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Also, remember how Reagan never, ever told a joke? Sure, this is a different style of humor, but it coincides with a change in culture and voters—value judgments aside—inarguably more influenced by pop culture and celebrity comics than they used to be.

Mary Katharine Ham on December 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It may have to do more with people being upset that this is even the case, not that this particular person is doing it.

Was a time where being in government was a serious job dealing with serious issues and doing serious work.

Now it’s a clown car festival and a joke. Nowadays politicians have to be idiots to pander to the voting idiots because their attention spans can’t handle what the real work of government should be.

That is probably what most are unhappy about – that it’s degenerated into this circus. Not that Haley participated.

MHO, of course.

kim roy on December 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

That is probably what most are unhappy about – that it’s degenerated into this circus. Not that Haley participated.

MHO, of course.

kim roy on December 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Why give the time of day to a punk who loves to smear Haley and other Republicans as know-nothing Nazis?

ebrown2 on December 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Blago: “Hey, Nikki. If Colbert’s the highest f***ing bidder, he’s in!”

Dexter_Alarius on December 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM

It MUST be a slow news day…

Khun Joe on December 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

too bad it didn’t stay that way. :-(

tom daschle concerned on December 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I don’t know which is more stupid, considering Stephen Colbert, a comedian who makes a living mocking politics/politicians, or Jenny Sanford, the ex-wife of prior SC Governor Mark Sanford – a woman whose only claims to fame are that her husband cheated on her and that she wrote a book about it! I don’t care if my fellow South Carolinians are idiots who are enamoured Ethel Colberts’ celebrity status & pre-scripted witty banter – We face serious times and need serious representatives to represent us. I have supported Haley, but if she picks either one of these clowns it will demonstrate the only thing SHE is serious about is winning a popularity contest to get votes for her re-election!

easyt65 on December 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Colbert seeks to join Franken as one of the only Senate Dems who don’t make me laugh.

ZK on December 16, 2012 at 10:24 AM