Great Candidate or the Greatest Candidate?

From the Los Angeles Times:

Stephen Colbert’s bid to formally join the presidential race in South Carolina was rejected Thursday by the state’s Democratic Party leaders, who said that the late-night comedian’s candidacy would distract from the serious business of picking a presidential nominee.

Serious business? Have they seen the debates so far?

The executive council of the South Carolina Democratic Party voted 13-3 to keep Colbert off the January primary ballot, saying the Comedy Central star did not meet guidelines requiring a candidate to be viable and to campaign actively for the job.

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The panel found that eight other Democrats — including former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel and Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio — were worthy of spots on the ballot for the vote, now scheduled for Jan. 26. Colbert’s $2,500 filing fee will be refunded.

“He clearly doesn’t meet the requirements,” said Waring Howe Jr., one of the executive council member who voted against Colbert. “It’s a distraction and takes away from the seriousness of our primary here and takes attention from the serious candidates: Clinton, Edwards, Barack Obama and the rest.”

Howe added that he thought that Colbert “might be trying to use us . . . to achieve some kind of status he doesn’t really deserve.”

One has to wonder if Mr. Howe owns a television set. He certainly doesn’t own a sense of humor.

Colbert visited the state last weekend, appearing before students at the University of South Carolina and at a reception for Democratic activists, including some members of the party’s executive council.

Before a noon Thursday deadline, a Colbert representative filed the appropriate papers and paid the registration fee. The Democratic executive council also received a two-page letter in which the would-be candidate made “a last appeal” to their “sense of humor and fair play.”

Acknowledging that his candidacy might seem like a “mockery,” Colbert argued that he would serve up some good, along with laughs — by urging the many young people who watch his show to register to vote, by promoting his native state and its products, and by directing donations to local charities.

Colbert pledged to keep attention focused on the state, even if Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) renders the primary less significant after “she crushes her rivals in Iowa like stone-ground yellow grits.”

South Carolina Democratic Party–anal bunch or the analest bunch?


Filed under 2008 election, Barack Obama, Democrats, Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, humor, Iowa, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, movies, parody, politics, snark, South Carolina, Stephen Colbert

6 responses to “Great Candidate or the Greatest Candidate?

  1. Got a Grip

    I think they should have let him run. What the hell? He couldn’t possibly make their primary more irrelevant than it already is….

  2. nonnie9999

    the debates are such a fucking joke. stretching out the election for so long makes the whole thing ridiculous. having stephen colbert in the running is no more ridiculous than the rest of the shit that goes on. the bad thing is that the only way to change the system is to go through the system. neither the dems nor the rethugs will ever give up the control that they have, so third parties or even a bit of sanity will never be able to be injected into the grand clusterfuck.

  3. nightowl724

    He is at LEAST as qualified and viable as the other candidates! Check out these key points from his resume, more than enough to please the mass media AND the mass public (mostly from Wiki):

    1) named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2007
    2) named by New York Magazine as one of the 12 most influential people in media in 2006
    3) ALSO named Person of the Year, Speaker of the Year, one of GQ’s Men of the Year, and 2nd Sexiest TV Anchor
    4) AND one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive
    5) has drop-dead good looks, perfect hair and smile
    6) has a stunning wife, Evelyn
    7) has incredible name recognition
    8) is a frequent guest of the White House
    9) AND frequently has as guests some of the most powerful people in politics
    10) has a faux French connection (Col-BEAR)
    11) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor and won the Spike TV Gutsiest Move Award
    12) is a multiple best-selling author
    13) has an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts
    14) has an official Steven Colbert Day in Canada
    15) has the mayor’s key to the city of Columbia, SC
    16) has a commercial airplane named after him, Air Colbert
    17) is extraordinarily smart, funny, smug, and egotistical
    18) thinks Doritos is (are?) one of the four major food groups
    19) Ben & Jerry’s Ameri-cone Dream named after him

    I rest my case. Colbert ’08!

  4. kip

    Hell, maybe they were afraid he’d WIN!

  5. nightowl724

    You know, kip, I think you’re right!

  6. nonnie9999

    i don’t think that anyone is too afraid of colbert winning (though there is such disgust and mistrust of career politicians that it really wouldn’t surprise me). what i think they really fear is shows like the colbert report getting even more attention than they are getting now. the media also has cause to fear. the daily show and the report point out what a shitty job the politicians and the media are doing.