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Stephen Colbert Is Running for President

And I'm not even kidding! This announcement is as serious as anything can be in Colbert's world of baby eagles, bridges and Ben & Jerry's: Colbert has thrown his hat into the ring into the race for president — or, at least, the primary election in his home state of South Carolina. He hedged on the announcement early last night on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but after careful consideration, he decided to make his run official on "a more prestigious show" — his own.

It's hard not to notice that Colbert has devoted these past few weeks to the traditional path of a presidential candidate: releasing a high-profile book, writing an op-ed for the New York Times, and even hinting to Larry King that he might want the nomination. And lucky for us, he's promised not to give up his day job.

Hey, if anyone's going to make a mockery of our political system, it might as well be this guy. To watch Colbert's announcement — in which he's showered by red, white, and blue balloons while text proclaiming "I'm Doing It!" flashes on the screen — as well as his hedging earlier in the night on The Daily Show, just

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