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Tough Crowd for Colbert in S.C.

Charleston beauty shop owner Margaret Bell received a slew of phone calls recently after the Post wrote about her staunch support for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the competitive South Carolina primary. Bell was super suspicious of a message from a staffer for political satirist turned presidential candidate Stephen Colbert of the faux news program The Colbert Report.

Aaron Cohen, one of Colbert's staffers, politely requested permission for Colbert to bring his weeks-old campaign to her beauty shop.

Bell quickly researched Colbert's candidacy, and learned that he is running only in South Carolina and on both the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets while pushing his new book "I am America (And So Can You!)".

Bell, who doesn't play with politics, found Colbert's campaign decidedly not funny.

"This is a serious issue for us," she said curtly.

Cohen called her again to renew his request, but Bell sternly declined.

"I refused and he said 'Is there anything that I could do to get you to change your mind?'," Bell said. No. Her mind was made up. "I don't even know why he's running in South Carolina."

Colbert, who is from the palmetto state, answered that question in a meandering exchange with Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press" last Sunday. "I think the country is facing unprecedented challenges in the future and I think that the junctures that we face are both critical and unforeseen, and the real challenge is how we will respond to these junctures be they unprecedented or unforeseen, or God help us, critical."

He gets no laughs from the women at Hair Menders.

--Krissah Williams

By Washington Post editors  |  October 24, 2007; 2:39 PM ET
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Colbert's candidacy works because it's satire on a political system that is itself a sham.

Being 'serious' about Hillary Clinton or any of the other 'major' candidates is what is out of touch with reality, when none addressing the pressing issues of the day.
If no candidate speaks of serious changes to the political system, checks on corporate power, serious efforts to avert the energy crisis, or climate change, proposes anything real about social iniquity or lack of economic sustainability.

Also, this is another hollow article providing no real information and showing little research or care. The usual from the Washington Post.

Posted by: MarkTwain08 | October 25, 2007 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Great, Al Gore is my first choice. Colbert is my second. I don't have a third choice yet.

Posted by: steven09 | October 24, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Colbert is kinda funny on his TV show. I do wish he would get out of the presidential sweepstakes; it is too crowded already.

Posted by: txpenguin | October 24, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Talk about a non-story.

Posted by: thegribbler1 | October 24, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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