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Colbert announces running mate

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 22nd 2007 12:30PM
Stephen Colbert for PresidentAccording to this AOL article, Stephen Colbert has picked a running mate for his "presidential run". In keeping with his presidential theme of the ludicrous, the person in question is Senator Larry Craig, who is being investigated for a sex scandal in an airport men's room.

The concept of a celebrity running a fake campaign for public office is nothing new. Howard Stern did a brief run for governor a few years ago. Ronald Reagan, a former actor, became president and Fred Thompson seems to be trying to follow in his footsteps.

Admittedly, it's great publicity for Colbert. One could argue that he doesn't need the additional promotion but it's nice to have the occasional shocker like this one to prevent treading towards the road to obscurity (although I personally don't think that would be a problem for Colbert for a generation).

Or maybe he's just doing it for fun.

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john foust

Has Colbert chosen another South Carolina Favorite Son as his running mate?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16465206@N05/1777840146/

October 27 2007 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

ehh. Bad choice. Not even that funny. A good running mate can be the "butt" of amazing abuse. How about Kevin Federline?

October 23 2007 at 7:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

Joey: thus my first comment.

Brad: could you change the headline of your article to be: "Colbert Announces Running Mate - PSYCH!" or..."Colbert Announces Running Mate-not really, actually...uh - nevermind"

That would be a little more accurate.

October 22 2007 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

It was pretty clear on his appearance at Meet the Press, which the AOL article is based on, that the mention of Larry Craig as his running mate was a joke (a joke within a joke, what tangled webs Colbert weaves).

October 22 2007 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the critic

"Considering" is not the same as "confirming". Typical corporate media spin, if the news isn't interesting enough, just make up sh*t !

October 22 2007 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Stockdale died in 2005.

It's too bad Colbert is picking Sen. Craig as a running-mate. I thought he would have gotten a lot of votes otherwise.

October 22 2007 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kate

bd: that would explain a LOT.

October 22 2007 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bd

>The concept of a celebrity running a fake campaign for public office is nothing new. Howard Stern did a brief run for governor a few years ago. Ronald Reagan, a former actor, became president and Fred Thompson seems to be trying to follow in his footsteps.

Are Reagan and Thompson's campaigns fake now?

October 22 2007 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tool

He should have picked Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was Ross Perot's VP candidate.

He was a fine man who served our country, but was a terrible candidate. Who could ever forget his debate performance, "Who am I? Why am I here?"

October 22 2007 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
malren

Howard Stern was REALLY running. He filed and everything. The ONLY reason he dropped out was they were going to make him turn over all personal financial data, and he was simply not going to do that. So he officially dropped out and threw his support to Pataki.

I was AT the Libertarian convention in Albany when he got the nomination. It was real.

October 22 2007 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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