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Top TV Stories of 2007: Stephen Colbert for prez

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 26th 2007 8:00AM
Stephen ColbertIt seems like Dr. Stephen T. Colbert never stops working. Not only does he lead one of the most consistently funny programs on TV, but he spent 2007 releasing a new book, I Am America (And So Can You!), and running for president. And what was the rest of America doing? Obsessing over Sanjaya's hair. Colbert's brief but exciting 2008 campaign showed us that there are bigger and better ways to have fun.
Those "Stewart/Colbert '08" bumper stickers have been floating around since 2004, but I don't think anyone truly expected either of the guys to step up and have a serious go at the candidacy (please mind that I use "serious" very, very lightly). When Colbert first made the announcement on The Colbert Report, the blogosphere started buzzing with speculation as to whether or not the man was just making another joke or actually running. Even when he filed the paperwork to run in South Carolina and started coming up with elaborate campaign ideas, no one was really sure if it was really going to happen.

Unfortunately, Colbert's campaign was short-lived. The Republican party was too expensive to join and the Democratic party turned him away because they felt he wasn't being "serious" enough. Hey, Democrats, just because he's a fake news pundit and often goes to great and ridiculous lengths to point out the equally ridiculous aspects of our political system, it doesn't mean he's not "serious". At least Colbert went into the game with enough force to make a few of the real candidates worried and/or annoyed and stir up the love of over 1,000,000 Facebook users.

2007 was a pretty sweet year for Mr. Colbert, but I foresee even greater things in the future. And by "greater things", I obviously mean something Olympic gold medal related. Colbert in Beijing '08!
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