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Stephen Colbert Responds To Senate Campaigns

Submitted by on December 11, 2012 – 7:50 pmNo Comment

This is one of those situations where “The Rev. Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA,” the onscreen persona of comedian Stephen Colbert, is making bold steps into the real world. In the wake of the sudden resignation of South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R), Colbert has emerged as the popular favorite to be appointed his successor.

According to Public Policy Polling, 20% of registered South Carolina voters want to see Colbert receive the seat, compared to 15% for the next most popular option, Republican Rep. Tim Scott. At the same time, numerous websites and social media accounts have sprung up to call for a Colbert appointment, inundating the accounts and inbox of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Of course, Haley’s vote is the only one that matters, and she stated on Facebook that Colbert made a “big, big mistake” when he did not know the state drink during her appearance on his show recently.

Colbert addressed the uproar during his show on Monday night, encouraging his supporters to continue his campaign, and inviting Gov. Haley on to to make her announcement.

In all seriousness, neither Haley nor Colbert has a real incentive to go with the other. Even if Haley wants a wild card to increase her approval among independents, a choice like former state First Lady Jenny Sanford might be more feasible. And Colbert would certainly be less influential and powerful as a Senator, not to mention less happy.

What do you think about Colbert’s congressional prospects?

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