Surprise, surprise. In a hilarious move no doubt designed to make a mockery at how we fund elections — not to mention the sad state of the current GOP field — Stephen Colbert announced, just as we suspected he would, that he’s forming the obligatory “exploratory committee” to run for president…in South Carolina. In doing so, federal election laws mandate that he relinquish control of his vaunted Colbert Super Pac. Luckily, he found a friend willing to take the wheel.
On Thursday night’s “Colbert Report,” Mr. Colbert took it a big step further, handing control of his group to his friend and fellow host Jon Stewart so that he can legally run for president, or at least pretend to. Mr. Colbert, who has comically flirted with — and mocked the possibility of — runs for political office before, said he would form an “exploratory committee for president of the United States of South Carolina.”
Riffing off his claimed dissatisfaction with the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, Mr. Colbert has repeatedly suggested to his fans that he should hop in the race. A write-in bid in South Carolina, where Mr. Colbert grew up, would almost certainly create some media excitement in the days leading up to the Jan. 21 primary, but probably less electoral excitement.
Here’s the text of an email that was sent to contributors of the Colbert Super Pac last night…
Dear Super PAC Super Members,
Hi there. I’m Jon. It looks like I’m running this thing now. All the details are in the press release below. Quick question: does anybody know where the key to the Super PAC bathroom is?
President Pro Tem
Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow
Well, this should be fun. Below are the two segments from last night’s show dealing with all of this. Enjoy.