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Colbert’s Poll Numbers on the Rise

Posted on Oct 26, 2007
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Mr. President?  Perhaps Colbert’s first taste of real White House influence, at his infamous 2006 appearance at the White House Press Correspondents’ Dinner, whetted his appetite for an ‘08 run.

Look out, Hillary Clinton—Stephen Colbert might soon be hot on your heels.  As it happens, Republican presidential hopefuls Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson also have cause for concern, according to a new Rasmussen Report national survey.  Oh, and about those reports that Colbert’s candidacy may violate campaign election laws?  Comedy Central’s on the case.

Editor & Publisher:

Less than a week ago, shortly after he announced for president, Stephen Colbert was favored by only a little more than 2% of Democrats as the favorite for the nomination. Now, a Rasmussen Report national telephone survey has found that he gains 13% of voters in a matchup with Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

With former Sen. Fred Thompson substituted for Giuliani, the host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report still got 12%.

If he keeps gaining over 10% a week, Colbert should be leading the field before November is out.

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By Aretologist, October 28, 2007 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

Comedians excel at searching out and defining reality making us aware of our hypocrisy whereas professional politicians are masters of evading and distorting reality.

But does Colbert have the guts to crack jokes about AIPAC and it’s ridiculous unethical immoral control of America once he is President?

I would vote for a comedian to the President of this Tragic-Comedy of Errors we call America - but isn’t it time to have a President who will be a little less - rather than a little more - subservient to AIPAC and Israel?

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By lawlessone, October 27, 2007 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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I have long since come to the conclusion that selecting office holders at random out of jury pools might render a better class of candidates.  Sure, that guarantees a statistical probability that some will be crooks or mental incompetents, but at least the percentage will be smaller than we have under our present system.

I voted for Pat Paulsen.  So, I am all for comedians running.  Unlike the “real” candidates, at least they realize that what they would be doing in office is a joke.  So, go for it Colbert, although I admit I would prefer Jon Stewart to be president if he would run.

[more irreverence at]

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By Stephen Smoliar, October 27, 2007 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

I know how to react to what Stephen Colbert is doing and have even made a point to try to lay it out in writing:

On the other hand I have absolutely no idea how to react to this Editor & Publisher post.  If it was meant as a gag, then it sorely lacks any of the style of delivery that makes Colbert (and, for that matter, Jon Stewart) attract such a following, in which case I would advice “E&P;Staff” (whoever they may be) to go back to their day job.  However, if this article WAS a piece of “day job” work, then “E&P;Staff” should have known better than to lay on us a sentence like “If he keeps gaining over 10% a week, Colbert should be leading the field before November is out” (not to mention using Huffington Post for most of its sources)!  All campaign watchers know that this sort of momentum is a tricky phenomenon that NEVER grows linearly!

Personally, I think that Colbert is playing the same sort of postmodernist game that I previously attributed to Pete Stark’s apology:

If Stark’s use of the word “insignificant” represented an act of RESISTANCE (rather than opposition) “against a Congress whose normative practices undermine the democratic foundation that the Constitution tried to lay down for it” (as I wrote in the above link), then Colbert is calling on us all to resist an outmoded electoral process, which is also undermining our democratic foundation (as we saw all too well in both 2000 and 2004).  Like the protagonist in MAN OF THE YEAR, Colbert is smart enough to know that he would not do a particularly good job in the White House;  but supporting him may be the most effective way for us to voice our resistance to a hopelessly broken electoral system.  As they used to say in the Sixties, “If you’re not part of the solution, you can at least make the problem so bad that someone will have to fix it!”

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By FrankW, October 27, 2007 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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He should at least pay homage to Pat Paulsen

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By DennisD, October 27, 2007 at 7:20 am Link to this comment
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It’s Stephen we believe in!

The country needs a laugh and he’s just the man to give it to us. Happy days are here again. Let the reign of the comedians begin.

Scotty - full speed ahead, Sulu - set the Diebold machines to victory, Spock - stop saying it’s not logical. It’s American politics.

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By anonymous, October 27, 2007 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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Colbert’s intelligence is unmatched in D.C.

He’s a tough individual who knows bullshit when he sees it.

I’m gonna take a magic marker to the toll booth and write-in his name on the f’ng screen!

...then vote for Nader

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By Jaded Prole, October 27, 2007 at 3:36 am Link to this comment
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While it is highly unlikely that a joke campaign by a comedian could go anywhere, Colbert is far more intelligent and savvy than the grade B actors the Republicans come up with.

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By rowdy, October 26, 2007 at 8:43 pm Link to this comment

it would be amusing if a comedian actually won the presidency. kind of like that robin williams movie, man of the year. he could roam around the oval office looking for WMD. he could make fun of texas death row inmates. he could smirk and snicker at helen thomas. desi could come back from the dead and say “lucy, you have a lot of “splainin” to do”. fox would surely sign him up for two terms and then cancel him after one week because nobody watched the first episode.

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By WykydRed, October 26, 2007 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

Yeeeeeees baby! You are going to the fucking White House! I’m signed up with Steven on his Facebook. It’s making politicos very, very nervous. Wouldn’t it be a total shocker he took this bastard like he owns it?

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