We reported yesterday that the hilariously meddlesome Stephen Colbert was gearing up for a major announcement on The Colbert Report last night. Well, we were treated to not one, but two surprises!
First, Colbert bequeathed his Super PAC to his dear friend, Jon Stewart (with whom he has no dreams of “coordinating” with). In a press release this morning, The Daily Show host commented, “I am excited to take the reins of this completely independent organization…but I want to be clear: Stephen and I have in no way have worked out a series of morse-code blinks to convey information with each other on our respective shows.”
Colbert officially will have no association with The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC, an organization that can accept endless donations from anonymous people and corporations. Super PACs can then run political attack ads, officially endorse a candidate, and produce events. For a corporation that has an interest in a particular candidate, this can mean virtually “buying” a candidate…so long as they do not “coordinate” with a campaign’s plans.
Just before Colbert’s second announcement, Stewart left the studio as to ensure he was not informed directly of any plans. In his typical mocking fashion, Colbert declared he is not technically running for President of the United States; rather, he is simply exploring the idea of entering the election. Although he is not on the ballot yet, he can now accept donations for a potential campaign.
Colbert, who recently polled above candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina with 5 percent of the vote, continues to embed his television persona into the real world. Not to spoil the fun, but an official presidential run is inevitable and will occur most likely before the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary. Whether he will continue to “explore” a GOP bid or run as an independent in the national election remains to be seen. Either way, Colbert (and without any specific coordination, Jon Stewart) is using his Super PAC powers to make a powerful point during this election season. Though, he’d rather you believe that this is all just fun and games.
I happily don’t buy it.