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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 09:25 AM
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Colbert Announces Presidential Run, Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert Super PAC
Source: The Huffington post

Stephen Colbert is once again testing the lengths of how far a comedian can go by officially investigating a run for President -- or at least a run for President during the South Carolina primary.

After Public Policy Polling revealed that the "Colbert Report" host was ahead of GOP candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina, Colbert pondered on Wednesday if he should consider a run for President. After explaining that he would have to go home and "talk it over with his money," Colbert teased a big announcement on Thursday night's episode.

And indeed, there was.

But first things first. Colbert runs his own Super PAC, and that's a big conflict of interest for Presidential candidates. Enter Colbert's personal lawyer Trevor Potter to explain the awfully convenient ways around that problem. All the potential candidate needs is for someone to take over the fundraising organization for him. And who better than Jon Stewart?

So, after gleefully handing the reins of his Super PAC over to "The Daily Show" host, Colbert was finally free to make his announcement:

"I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the President of the United States of South Carolina!" Colbert said.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/13/colbert--presi...



COLBERT FOR PRESIDENT OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 12:09 PM
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1. The Democrats stopped him from running last time. Colbert is sure showing how pathetic our election
laws are.

You can raise millions of dollars without telling donors who or what you are going to spend it on, then transfer your PAC to your bestie to ensure that the millions your PAC raised with zero disclosure are spent on YOUR candidacy.

I nominate Colbert for the best civics course on American elections.
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 09:59 PM
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5. It was a brilliant indictment of Citizens United
and how neither Mittens nor Newt (or any other candidate) can claim they have nothing to do with the PACs supporting them.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 10:03 PM
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7. Not only of Citizens United, but also of the regs the FEC quickly promulgated in furtherance of CU.
Edited on Fri Jan-13-12 10:04 PM by No Elephants
(When I say "quickly," bear in mind we are talking a bureacratic process.)
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 12:18 PM
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2. Why couldn't a comedian go far? After all, whoever the GOP nominee is ...
will be a clown. ;-)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 03:19 PM
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3. *cough* United States Senator from Minnesota *cough*
Edited on Fri Jan-13-12 03:36 PM by No Elephants
ETA: (This post means only that a comedian can go far in government. It is not a dis of Franken, to whose campaign I contributed--from Boston-- gladly and, even today, have less than no regrets about.)
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 04:05 PM
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4. Hey, I'd love to see Colbert join Franken in Congress.
But I would surely like to see fewer GOP clowns there.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 09:59 PM
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6. Thing is, the GOP clowns aren't funny OR smart OR good.
I wonder if Colbert would ever run for Senate?
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NCarolinawoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-12 10:31 AM
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8. LOL Might as well.
Among other things, Colbert can substantially raise the IQ level of the candidates. :)
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