Wow, it was sad to see TV parodist Stephen Colbert nixed from the run for the President of the United States of America so quickly. I was not too surprised, but saddened that the South Carolina couldn't see their way clear to hold to the American idea that ANYONE could be President. Hell, Conan is governor of California and hasn't totally wiped us out. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine that Stephen Colbert could have done a better job than George W. Bush. The question is, would he really have had a shot at winning the Dem nomination? Well, according to a November 6, 2007 article at some of Barack Obama's supporters felt Colbert just might prove a threat to their candidate:
Two prominent supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials and urged them to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert's name off the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters.

The Obama campaign denied any connection to the phone calls.

"Democrats in South Carolina, including supporters of ours, had strong feelings on both sides of the ballot issue, and ultimately it was South Carolina Democrats who made this decision," said Obama's South Carolina communications director Kevin Griffis.

The South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council voted last week 13-3 to block Colbert's bid for the Democratic primary.


At least one member of the executive council, who requested anonymity, told CNN he felt "pressured" by former State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum to oppose placing Colbert on the ballot.


"She said it wouldn't be fair to the other candidates. That he {Colbert} wouldn't be sincere. That he was only running in one state," said the executive council official.

The official added: "The Obama people, they just didn't want him at all."

Tenenbaum disagreed with characterization that she lobbied to keep Colbert off the ballot for political reasons.

"I think lobbying was too strong a word," she said in an interview with CNN.

"I called them to see what they were thinking and if they had made up their mind. I am a volunteer in that campaign, and so I am not a staffer. And I thought it could have taken votes away from a lot of people."

Another Obama endorser who regularly appears at campaign events, state Rep. Bakari Sellers, also made phone calls to members of the party's executive council about Colbert, according to Sellers.

"I placed the calls as a concerned Democrat, realizing that we are a country in despair," Sellers told CNN. "It is not a time for games or to make a mockery of the process."


I love it when people say crap like that. No, we don't have an election system that allows us to count every vote, nor can we guarantee that each of our votes will actually go to the person we want to vote for, we have Republicans owning a stack of ballot machine companies, serious issues with poor counties around the country being under equipped to support their communities and this fool is talking about making a mockery of the process??

It's ALREADY a mockery!! No effort is required to make the system already look more sad than it is.

And like I said, you really think Colbert would be worse in the White House than the current occupant?

'nuf said, I think.