No Truthiness in S.C. Race
He didn't even want to be president. He just wanted to run. That's what he told Tim Russert last month anyway. And for a few short hours today, it looked like comedian Stephen Colbert could live that dream on an actual presidential primary ballot in the state of South Carolina, not just from his own late night perch on Comedy Central.
But when the South Carolina Democratic party's executive council met this afternoon to certify the slate of candidates from those who had filed the necessary fees and paperwork by today's deadline, Colbert did not make the cut. Both he and a man named Henry Hewes were not deemed "viable candidates" for the office or were not seen as actively campaigning for the South Carolina democratic presidential primary--criteria from the bylaws for inclusion on the party's ballot, according to a party spokeswoman.
He won't even get to lose once, let alone "lose twice" like he said he wanted to when he announced his intention to run on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in South Carolina.
Running for office as both a Democrat and a Republican in South Carolina is not a cheap trick. In fact, it would have cost a total of $37,500, which is why Colbert only spent the $2,500 necessary to file as a Democratic candidate. He said he had neither the 3,000 petition signatures that would waive the fee or the $35,000 necessary to enter the GOP race.
Now South Carolina voters are stuck with only the Hollywood version of this extended electoral punch line: "Man of the Year," a 2006 film where comedian/late night talk show host, played by Robin Williams, runs for president and actually wins the White House.
Director Barry Levinson told Newsweek's The Stumper that Colbert's run was "inevitable" and said that a comedian as candidate with what appears to be genuine support is "all based on our complete and utter disillusionment with our political figures."
How disillusioned exactly is Levinson? In response to prodding on whether Colbert could be an effective leader, compared to other contemporary leaders, Levinson said: "It's a little bit like, him against FDR, I don't think so. But where we are right now, why not?"
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