Stephen Colbert, host of the Colbert Report and late night comedian has done it again, or he is trying to do it. Just as he attempted to run for President on the ballot in South Carolina (his home state) in 2008, he is doing it again in 2012.
This isn’t unexpected news though, Colbert has been creating the Colbert Super-PAC for some months now. A PAC or Political Action Committee, can raise unlimited funds from corporations, and individuals and use that money in support of a candidate. The kicker is, the candidate cannot coordinate strategy with the PAC. So what does Stephen Colbert do, he hands it over to his fellow late night comedian Jon Stewart, who renames it the “Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC.”
Jon Stewart commented on his control of the PAC, “I am excited to take the reins of this completely independent organization, and begin to air ads in South Carolina,” Stewart also continued on to say, “But I want to be clear: Stephen and I have in no way have worked out a series of Morse-code blinks to convey information with each other on our respective shows.”
In 2008 Stephen decided not to run as a Republican due to a high fee needed to put your name on the ballot, and many democrats dismissed him as not being a serious candidate. However this time around in 2012 Stephen has thrown his name in with the Republicans for President in South Carolina. According to a poll, which spurred his entry into the race he leads candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. 5% to 4%.
Colbert is pegging himself as a “Mitt-ternative” after he talked about his indifference towards Mitt Romney on his show, and poked fun at the Republican Primaries.
Unexpected support could be generated for Colbert despite his funny-guy persona though. In october 2010 The Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear, hosted by Colbert and Stewart drew a much larger crowd than Glen Beck’s rally in which theirs was a spoof of. Colbert holds the attention of many ears, and people may actually show up to support him. More to be seen on this leading up to the primaries on January 21st in South Carolina.