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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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kikidawn kikidawn 10 years
"I am having slight panic attacks thinking that Colbert in '08 will be like Nader in '00 and then due to the slight advantage that takes away from the Obama/Clinton ticket, we will end up with some sort of piece of produce—a rutebega, perhaps?—for president. It could happen, people!" SOOO true!!!
mellafe mellafe 10 years
YES!! It's going to be insane town until the elections. I mean, what won't he do? Or, better, what will he do to get attention? I cannot wait.
yihaw10 yihaw10 10 years
exactly like man of the year! except without the new electronic voting system....
Jinx Jinx 10 years
I assume he's running "in character" so as a "conservative blow hard". I can't believe he'd be allowed to run as both a Dem and a Rep, or that even if people are enjoying his antics, that they would actually want someone like him as thier President. :?
madhvi madhvi 10 years
Yay...go Colbert!
allisonblue allisonblue 10 years
Ms. Casa, after eight long, hard years of Shrub, I'll TAKE the rutabaga! It would probably do a better job.
mabess mabess 10 years
i kinda love him. and i live in South Carolina, so I'd love it if he went on the campaign trail here. how hilarious.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
OK, just had to comment with this New York Times story about this. Best quote: "he could probably have more fun buying a sports car and getting a girlfriend."
tralalala tralalala 10 years
bellanatella it's sort of like that, only this time it's funny.
coco-law coco-law 10 years
If this is for real, then I'm in. Stephen, you have my vote... as long as Jon is your VP. Best of luck!
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Good point, casa! Man....this story and his statements made me laugh and laugh though :rotfl:
lorenashley lorenashley 10 years
i just happen to have a HUGE 'secret' crush on this guy! is this serious though??
Home Home 10 years
I am having slight panic attacks thinking that Colbert in '08 will be like Nader in '00 and then due to the slight advantage that takes away from the Obama/Clinton ticket, we will end up with some sort of piece of produce—a rutebega, perhaps?—for president. It could happen, people!
cutesy11 cutesy11 10 years
I saw that last night and was in shock!!! (Good shock though) I'm just confused what running in only one state means lol
Liz4aker Liz4aker 10 years
I'm not sure how I feel about his actual ability to run a country.
smesker smesker 10 years
I love Stephen and the Report. I think he can do as good of a job as anyone at this point!!
amybdk amybdk 10 years
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! Much happiness!
bellanatella bellanatella 10 years
Hah, it's a real-life version of Man of the Year or whatever that Robin Williams movie was.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Kinda awesome, and kinda not. :s
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
Love Stephen!
thehabra thehabra 10 years
that's kinda awesome
rosey rosey 10 years
Colbert 08! This man is so genius! I'm really excited to see how far he'll take it!
-Maryan- -Maryan- 10 years
Go Stephen, Go!!!!!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Maybe he'll win!
nybella nybella 10 years
I can't believe it.
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