Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Colbert for President?

Reminiscent of the Robin Williams movie "Man of the Year."

Last night Stephen Colbert glibly announced his candidacy for President of the United States on his show. Of course, he's only going to run in South Carolina as a "favoured son." He uses a classic definition of the phrase on the show, but answer.com hits the nail on the head for such cynicism and sarcasm. (More at TheState, even more at this NYTimes Blog)

Here's the clip:

A political figure nominated for the presidency by his or her state's delegation to the national nominating convention of a major party. Favorite sons are rarely serious candidates for the party's nomination. By nominating a favorite son, the delegation honors its nominee while delaying its commitment until the more serious contenders for the nomination can be sorted out. (emphasis added)

Interestingly enough, I'm sure he could pull off a few votes. Who knows, those people disenchanted with the candidates may just take to writing in Stephen Colbert in the next election cycle instead of the standard Mickey Mouse. (at that linked site you can even sign a petition, Also visit Colbertnation.com)

I'm not going to hold my breath, but will say this - if Stephen Colbert ever wanted to run for Governor of SC - he'd probably have a fighting chance. (and may be for SC what Arnold is for CA)

UPDATE: The State has run a full article today by Neil White - see it here. The highlight of the article is this remark by Carol Fowler about the rest of the contenders:

She’s not sure the favorite-son shtick will work anyway. “By primary day, they’ll all be claiming to be from here.”

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St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

My fave quote from the article:

"...even though it's clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative."

That's what I thought we needed...I'll be Colbert would get along with our Leg better'n our current Goobernator.

Mattheus Mei said...

I think you're right... he could very well be a contender for the governorship of this state once this yahoo is booted out of office... if only he would have run last time though - because neither candidate was worthy. Neither the incumbant libertarian nor the democratic check-cashing-lobbyist Tommy Moore.