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  • Colbert '08

    Originally posted by CNN
    Stephen Colbert: I am running for president

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on "The Colbert Report," tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race.

    "I shall seek the office of the president of the United States," Colbert said Tuesday on his Comedy Central show as red, white and blue balloons fell around him.

    Colbert, 43, had recently satirized the coyness of would-be presidential candidates by refusing to disclose whether he would seek the country's highest office -- a refusal that often came without any prompting.

    Shortly before making the announcement, Colbert appeared on "The Daily Show" (the show that spawned Colbert's spin-off) and played cagey, claiming he was only ready to consider a White House bid. He entered the studio set pulled by a bicycle pedaled by Uncle Sam and quickly pulled out a bale of hay and a bottle of beer to show that he was "an Average Joe."

    Colbert said his final decision would be announced on a "more prestigious show," which turned out to be his own.

    "After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call," said Colbert.

    His recent best-seller, "I Am America (And So Can You!)," allowed him to mock the now-standard approach to a White House run, complete with a high-profile book tour.

    Colbert said he planned to run in South Carolina, "and South Carolina alone." The state, one of the key early primaries, is also Colbert's native state. Earlier this week, South Carolina public television station ETV invited Colbert to announce his candidacy on its air.

    Exactly how far the mock conservative pundit planned to stretch his impression of a presidential candidate wasn't clear. Colbert rarely breaks character on camera, including at his memorable speech at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner last year.

    The Comedy Central host has often mobilized his fans ("Colbert Nation"), encouraging them to vote to have a Hungarian bridge named after him, for example, or to vandalize Web site Wikipedia.com with his version of "truthiness" and "wikiality."

    Colbert said he would run as both a Democrat and Republican. He earlier explained the strategy: "I can lose twice." He claimed three running mate possibilities: Colbert-Huckabee, Colbert-Putin or Colbert-Colbert.

    Minutes after announcing his presidential pursuit, Colbert welcomed CBS political analyst Jeff Greenfield to ask how he had changed the race.

    "This is going to be one for the books," said Greenfield.

    A spokesman for Colbert said he would be unavailable for further comment Tuesday evening.

    In a guest column for Maureen Dowd in Sunday's New York Times, Colbert wrote: "I am not ready to announce yet -- even though it's clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative."


    Well, I know who I'm voting for! I don't even watch his show any more, but he's still smarter than most of the other candidates.

    Truthiness.

  • #2
    Bah. Here's who gets my vote:

    http://www.walken2008.com/

    "It's time to get America back on track."

    "I am not an atomic playboy."
    Vice Admiral William P. Blandy

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    • #3
      Maybe we could get Joe Walsh to run again also.
      If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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      • #4
        he's got my vote
        "The people never have the power, only the illusion of it. And here is the real secret: they don't want it. The responsibility is too great to bear. It's why they are so quick to fall in line as soon as someone else takes charge."
        "

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        • #5
          Hmm...

          What I don't like about Colbert:

          He's far too liberal for my tastes.

          What I like about Colbert:

          He's a moderate on a great many issues.

          He's incredibly religious. He opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. Two issues I don't agree with, but he stands pat regardless. I admire that.

          He loves the military. Something he rarely speaks about, however, his quiet donations to the FW fund says a million.

          Above all else, Stephen is not a polititan, and has yet to be corrupt by all the BS in D.C.

          I hope he does run.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by daemonofdecay View Post


            Well, I know who I'm voting for! I don't even watch his show any more, but he's still smarter than most of the other candidates.

            Truthiness.
            lol, DoD can be Messiah...Colber for President
            I am a simple man. I am by no means smarter than the average man. I am average...yet genius.

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            • #7
              I am American and So can you!
              The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -Carl Jung

              Hell is other people. -Jean-Paul Sarte

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              • #8
                Walken/Colbert in 08

                Jon Stewart for Sec of State
                War. Young men killing each other for the benefit of old men!

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                • #9
                  His chances are about the same as the chances for Robin Williams character's chances in the movie that laughed about exactly what Colbert is thinking of doing.

                  It's not relevant whether Colbert is just as capable of running as any other American, he's a comic, and he's known for not being serious.

                  Then again Ventura was just a wrestler, and Arnie was just a muscle bound actor.

                  I'd pay to see him in a debate though
                  Life is change. Built models for decades.
                  Not sure anyone here actually knows the real me.
                  I didn't for a long time either.

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                  • #10
                    If he actually runs he'll be in violation of Federal election rules however...
                    “To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life.”

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Overseer View Post
                      If he actually runs he'll be in violation of Federal election rules however...
                      screw the Federal election rules
                      "The people never have the power, only the illusion of it. And here is the real secret: they don't want it. The responsibility is too great to bear. It's why they are so quick to fall in line as soon as someone else takes charge."
                      "

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by daemonofdecay View Post


                        Well, I know who I'm voting for! I don't even watch his show any more, but he's still smarter than most of the other candidates.

                        Truthiness.
                        Awesome! He has my vote!

                        The 2006 white house correspondent dinner speech was classic!!
                        All your ACG posts are belong to us!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Patrocles View Post
                          The 2006 white house correspondent dinner speech was classic!!
                          Hm. Classic maybe. Funny, not so much.

                          Wikipedia sez: "The performance received a lukewarm response from the audience, and major media outlets paid little attention to it initially. Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism professor Todd Gitlin claimed that this was because Colbert's routine was as critical of the media as it was of Bush. Richard Cohen, also writing for The Washington Post, responded by claiming that Colbert did not get media attention because the routine was not funny."

                          I actually enjoyed the president's comedy routine with the "inner thoughts" much more.
                          "I am not an atomic playboy."
                          Vice Admiral William P. Blandy

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mirrorshades View Post
                            Bah. Here's who gets my vote:

                            http://www.walken2008.com/

                            "It's time to get America back on track."

                            He has my vote!

                            America needs more cowbell!
                            ACG QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
                            ¿Cualquier persona fija en el nude? Slug

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                            • #15
                              Did you see the Doritos sponsorship gag on the episode after? It was hilarious.
                              The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. -Carl Jung

                              Hell is other people. -Jean-Paul Sarte

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