And it’s official. The wet dream of every self professed and closet left winger is coming true. Stephen Colbert is really seeking the office of the President of the United States. It’s not a joke. He’s really doing it. He’s filing the paperwork in his home state of South Carolina where, after all is said and done, he will appear as a candidate.
It’s not that far fetched. All of the candidates are already running with some sort of made up persona that paints them up as something that they could never realistically exist as. Colbert is just being honest about being fake. At first, I was amused but still scared of the concept. After all, another attention seeking individual was partially to blame for Al Gore losing the 2000 election. While ideally you would like as many choices for President as possible, realistically there can only be two in this day and age. Beyond the days of Perot, all a third tier candidate can do is dilute the vote. If Nader hadn’t run in 2000, Al would be our President, global warming wouldn’t be an issue, and gas would be thirteen cents a gallon.
But this is another story altogether. According to O’Reilly, all Daily Show / Colbert report viewers are drunken and stoned slackers. Whether that classification is true or not, these are usually the types that are too apathetic to get out and vote on Election Day. But would they do it as some sort of quasi protesting, non sequitur joke? Despite my earlier misgivings, you bet. If it’s some sort of funny modern way of showing “stoner” solidarity, this is a mighty fine way to do it. Should there be enough of these types in South Carolina, Colbert could actually win. No joke.
Sure, he’s not a proven leader or anything. But really, do you even have to be? I would think that a good public face and a strong support staff is all you need. Stephen, your Nation calls you. Fulfill your Manifest Destiny.