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(USA Today)   Colbert to run for South Carolina Senate seat after Jim DeMint changes jobs from Senator writing bills to lobbyist writing bills   (usatoday.com) divider line 108
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2012-12-06 03:46:47 PM  
Is he going to do anything to ensure that he loses? I don't think he really wants to be a senator, but I could easily see him winning the race if he enters it.
 
2012-12-06 03:48:08 PM  
Colbert to run for South Carolina Senate seat after Jim DeMint changes jobs from Senator writing sponsoring bills written by the Heritage Foundation to lobbyist for the Heritage Foundation who writes bills for Republican Senators to sponsor 

ftfs
 
2012-12-06 03:51:50 PM  
He could really run, and He could WIN.

And so far experience shows us that Al Franken has made a pretty amazing Senator, so I don't see why Colbert wouldn't. I've yet to meet someone who was both stupid and funny
 
2012-12-06 04:03:28 PM  

Magorn: He could really run, and He could WIN.

And so far experience shows us that Al Franken has made a pretty amazing Senator, so I don't see why Colbert wouldn't. I've yet to meet someone who was both stupid and funny


INTENTIONALLY funny.

The politics tab is probably one of our richest sources of stupid hilarious people - they just aren't trying to be funny.
 
2012-12-06 04:14:24 PM  

Magorn: He could really run, and He could WIN.


Could he really? I'm not at all familiar with SC, or any state in that area, but I guess I would be surprised if he won. I know equally little about MN, but I wasn't all that shocked when Franken won.
 
2012-12-06 04:14:48 PM  

Lsherm: Is he going to do anything to ensure that he loses?


Run in South Carolina without an R next to his name?
 
2012-12-06 04:16:12 PM  
What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?
 
2012-12-06 04:16:12 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Lsherm: Is he going to do anything to ensure that he loses?

Run in South Carolina without an R next to his name?


But if he campaigned as Colbert Report Colbert... and registered as a Republican, you'd get those too ignorant to recognize his satire, AND Democrats voting for him...
 
2012-12-06 04:16:58 PM  
Colbert's not running so much as lobbying Republican SC governor Nikki Haley to appoint him as replacement. It's not a race, subby, and I'm not saying that because I'm losing.

(America is. America is losing for not having Senator Colbert.)
 
2012-12-06 04:19:17 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?


They did a segment detailing how he could abscond with it in a completely untraceable and nontaxable way.

The guesses I've heard as to what he'll ACTUALLY do with it are typically something along the lines of donating to the Wounded Warrior charity, but I've not followed up on if there's been any additional news on it.
 
2012-12-06 04:21:01 PM  
Threatdown in the Senate Chamber!!

5) Chuck Shumer's breath.
4) Halal offerings in the Senate cafeteria.
3) Sitting next to Marco Rubio in a committee hearing after he's eaten Frijoles Negros
2) Tinkering with the filibuster rules in order to allow reasonable legislation to pass.
1) Bears
 
2012-12-06 04:21:39 PM  

Magorn: He could really run, and He could WIN.

And so far experience shows us that Al Franken has made a pretty amazing Senator, so I don't see why Colbert wouldn't. I've yet to meet someone who was both stupid and funny


does funny because they are stupid count?

www.awrambatimes.com
 
2012-12-06 04:24:13 PM  
C-SPAN would get a lot more entertaining.
 
2012-12-06 04:24:57 PM  
Careful folks, you might accidentally lose a comic pundit and wind up with the comedy stylings of Colbert and Franken in the Congressional Register.

It might improve C-Span ratings.
 
2012-12-06 04:25:00 PM  

Magorn: He could really run, and He could WIN.

And so far experience shows us that Al Franken has made a pretty amazing Senator, so I don't see why Colbert wouldn't. I've yet to meet someone who was both stupid and funny


Franken went down a few pegs in my book with the sopa/pipa shiat, but he's better than pretty much anyone who still aligns themselves with the GOP unfortunately.

Colbert could definitely win, and that is why he won't run. His first run had close to corporate sponsorship (before Citizens United), his second run was for "President of the United States of South Carolina", a position that didn't exist
 
2012-12-06 04:28:14 PM  
He makes a bigger contribution as a satirist than he ever could as a senator.
 
2012-12-06 04:28:23 PM  
I'd think Colbert would have funnier tweets.
 
2012-12-06 04:31:03 PM  
fark yes, I will volunteer for his campaign.
 
2012-12-06 04:32:02 PM  
Special election in 2014??!! WTF, so in essence, South Carolina gets three Senators for two years, cause you know DeMint ain't gonna loosen his grip on the Republican Party.
 
2012-12-06 04:32:16 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?


Well, he had about $700k left at the end of the election cycle. He then proceeded to form a second anonymous 501(c)(4); he wrote a check from his original SuperPAC to his second pack (SuperPac SSH!) along with an agency letter directing SuperPAC SSH! to disperse the funds to the new, third Super PAC. As a result, no one - including the IRS - can determine (except for Stephen) how the money is/will be spent.

He can literally do anything he wants, including spending it on political advertising in other campaigns such as this one.

So, I'd wager he's ready for this if he wants.
 
2012-12-06 04:35:10 PM  

Lsherm: Is he going to do anything to ensure that he loses? I don't think he really wants to be a senator, but I could easily see him winning the race if he enters it.


I think the article said that the governor gets to appoint a replacement until the next election in 2014.
 
2012-12-06 04:35:10 PM  

mattharvest: Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?

Well, he had about $700k left at the end of the election cycle. He then proceeded to form a second anonymous 501(c)(4); he wrote a check from his original SuperPAC to his second pack (SuperPac SSH!) along with an agency letter directing SuperPAC SSH! to disperse the funds to the new, third Super PAC. As a result, no one - including the IRS - can determine (except for Stephen) how the money is/will be spent.

He can literally do anything he wants, including spending it on political advertising in other campaigns such as this one.

So, I'd wager he's ready for this if he wants.


I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.
 
2012-12-06 04:37:17 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: mattharvest: Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?

Well, he had about $700k left at the end of the election cycle. He then proceeded to form a second anonymous 501(c)(4); he wrote a check from his original SuperPAC to his second pack (SuperPac SSH!) along with an agency letter directing SuperPAC SSH! to disperse the funds to the new, third Super PAC. As a result, no one - including the IRS - can determine (except for Stephen) how the money is/will be spent.

He can literally do anything he wants, including spending it on political advertising in other campaigns such as this one.

So, I'd wager he's ready for this if he wants.

I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.


Its disturbing that it can be done sure, but I don't find it anymore disturbing that he did it than any of the other super pac stuff he's done like the "non-coordination" with Jon Stewart. If he didn't do it, most wouldn't know that it could be done
 
2012-12-06 04:37:37 PM  

wildcardjack: Careful folks, you might accidentally lose a comic pundit and wind up with the comedy stylings of Colbert and Franken in the Congressional Register.

It might improve C-Span ratings.


Franken is a very smart and competent Senator. http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/12/06/franken-bill-would-outlaw-sta lking-apps/
 
2012-12-06 04:38:12 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: mattharvest: Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?

Well, he had about $700k left at the end of the election cycle. He then proceeded to form a second anonymous 501(c)(4); he wrote a check from his original SuperPAC to his second pack (SuperPac SSH!) along with an agency letter directing SuperPAC SSH! to disperse the funds to the new, third Super PAC. As a result, no one - including the IRS - can determine (except for Stephen) how the money is/will be spent.

He can literally do anything he wants, including spending it on political advertising in other campaigns such as this one.

So, I'd wager he's ready for this if he wants.

I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.


I don't know if he actually did that. I watched the segment and the entire time he kept saying "So I could..." and "It would legal if I were to...." Not positive he actually did any of those things.
 
2012-12-06 04:39:45 PM  

wildcardjack: Careful folks, you might accidentally lose a comic pundit and wind up with the comedy stylings of Colbert and Franken in the Congressional Register.

It might improve C-Span ratings.


As sad as it would be to lose the show, remember when the Democrats suddenly grew a backbone and forced the GOP to vote down their own budget proposal? Imagine the Dems trolling like that all the time

/yeah it was in the house not senate but still
 
2012-12-06 04:40:07 PM  
Does Haley know he's satire yet? If not, nobody tell her.
 
2012-12-06 04:41:15 PM  

jst3p: Philip Francis Queeg: mattharvest: Philip Francis Queeg: What did he ever do with the SuperPAC money?

Well, he had about $700k left at the end of the election cycle. He then proceeded to form a second anonymous 501(c)(4); he wrote a check from his original SuperPAC to his second pack (SuperPac SSH!) along with an agency letter directing SuperPAC SSH! to disperse the funds to the new, third Super PAC. As a result, no one - including the IRS - can determine (except for Stephen) how the money is/will be spent.

He can literally do anything he wants, including spending it on political advertising in other campaigns such as this one.

So, I'd wager he's ready for this if he wants.

I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.

I don't know if he actually did that. I watched the segment and the entire time he kept saying "So I could..." and "It would legal if I were to...." Not positive he actually did any of those things.


This is correct. Those were hypotheticals detailed on the show - there is no proof that he did them. And I tried to find news on if he HAD done anything with the money - nothing since that segment aired.
 
2012-12-06 04:41:28 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Threatdown in the Senate Chamber!!

5) Chuck Shumer's breath.
4) Halal offerings in the Senate cafeteria.
3) Sitting next to Marco Rubio in a committee hearing after he's eaten Frijoles Negros
2) Tinkering with the filibuster rules in order to allow reasonable legislation to pass.
1) Bears


Senate Resolution 69: George Bush: Great President, or Greatest President?
 
2012-12-06 04:44:03 PM  

Philip Francis Queeg: I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.


Think about it this way: did you know (beforehand) that he could do that? I'm a lawyer, and I didn't (though I don't do election/tax law at all). I don't think many people really understand these laws well, and certainly most of the populace doesn't.

Colbert doing this makes a great point. If he wants to be particularly morally impressive he could just create something new that exposes the money, true. Yet, there's something beautiful about him just using it however the hell he wants. I think the man has earned a great deal of social capital from people, and we should at least wait and see what he does for a bit.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 04:44:41 PM  
There are people that actually think this is okay?

System is broken. 100%
 
2012-12-06 04:45:48 PM  

d23: There are people that actually think this is okay?

System is broken. 100%


Please explain what is not okay?
 
2012-12-06 04:46:27 PM  

mattharvest: Philip Francis Queeg: I understand the point, but it's really rather disturbing that he chose to do that.

Think about it this way: did you know (beforehand) that he could do that? I'm a lawyer, and I didn't (though I don't do election/tax law at all). I don't think many people really understand these laws well, and certainly most of the populace doesn't.

Colbert doing this makes a great point. If he wants to be particularly morally impressive he could just create something new that exposes the money, true. Yet, there's something beautiful about him just using it however the hell he wants. I think the man has earned a great deal of social capital from people, and we should at least wait and see what he does for a bit.


And the potential to abuse that trust is what makes it disturbing.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 04:46:44 PM  

KiTTeNs_on_AciD: Does Haley know he's satire yet? If not, nobody tell her.


She's dim. I'm not sure she'd know what satire is if she looked it up in a dictionary.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 04:47:22 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: d23: There are people that actually think this is okay?

System is broken. 100%

Please explain what is not okay?


Actually I was talking about the revolving door between the senate and these lobbyist asshole groups. Nothing to do with Colbert.
 
2012-12-06 04:50:09 PM  

d23: Uranus Is Huge!: d23: There are people that actually think this is okay?

System is broken. 100%

Please explain what is not okay?

Actually I was talking about the revolving door between the senate and these lobbyist asshole groups. Nothing to do with Colbert.


I think putting more people like Franken and Colbert in seats of power could actually be a part of the solution.
 
2012-12-06 04:50:12 PM  
All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.
 
2012-12-06 04:52:40 PM  
Would he have to legislate in-character?

Actually, for that matter, are fictional personas eligible to run for US Senate seats?
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 04:52:49 PM  

Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.


says a person that uses the word "'tard".
 
2012-12-06 04:53:37 PM  

Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.


Damn Skippy! FACT: Nobody from the entertainment business has ever made a successful politician.
 
2012-12-06 04:55:54 PM  

d23: KiTTeNs_on_AciD: Does Haley know he's satire yet? If not, nobody tell her.

She's dim. I'm not sure she'd know what satire is if she looked it up in a dictionary.


Great, so we just need to keep her away from dictionaries for a little while.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-06 04:55:57 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Damn Skippy! FACT: Nobody from the entertainment business has ever made a successful politician.


It's true. Not even the Republicans would stoop so low as to elect an ACTOR to a national office... I mean, that's just silly.
 
2012-12-06 04:56:17 PM  

d23: Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.

says a person that uses the word "'tard".


He probably said that about Al Franken, too. A lot of people did.

A lot of people also made fun of those of us who thought Obama would be reelected.

Some people never learn.
 
2012-12-06 04:56:22 PM  

Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.


the mere announcement of his campaign got him 13% of the national vote in the last presidential election. In his home state, when he actually tries, especially if he registers (R)? he could certainly win


Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Would he have to legislate in-character?

Actually, for that matter, are fictional personas eligible to run for US Senate seats?


Well, they can testify.
 
2012-12-06 04:56:54 PM  

Uranus Is Huge!: Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.

Damn Skippy! FACT: Nobody from the entertainment business has ever made a successful politician.


You're right. Reagan was a pretty bad president. (seriously)
 
2012-12-06 04:57:05 PM  

Lionel Mandrake: d23: Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.

says a person that uses the word "'tard".

He probably said that about Al Franken, too. A lot of people did.

A lot of people also made fun of those of us who thought Obama would be reelected.

Some people never learn.


There were also a whole bunch of people laughing at Regan
 
2012-12-06 04:58:11 PM  

Tigger: Magorn: He could really run, and He could WIN.

And so far experience shows us that Al Franken has made a pretty amazing Senator, so I don't see why Colbert wouldn't. I've yet to meet someone who was both stupid and funny

INTENTIONALLY funny.

The politics tab is probably one of our richest sources of stupid hilarious people - they just aren't trying to be funny.


i1202.photobucket.com

/obligatory
 
2012-12-06 04:58:56 PM  

ATRDCI: Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.

the mere announcement of his campaign got him 13% of the national vote in the last presidential election. In his home state, when he actually tries, especially if he registers (R)? he could certainly win


WUT?
 
2012-12-06 04:59:46 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Would he have to legislate in-character?


He could do for the Senate what he did for SuperPACs. Stay in character and show how full of sh*t the whole thing is.
 
2012-12-06 05:00:31 PM  

ramblinwreck: Uranus Is Huge!: Lucky LaRue: All of you 'tards in this thread talking about how Colbert could win South Carolina should feel bad about putting your ignorance so publicly on display.

Damn Skippy! FACT: Nobody from the entertainment business has ever made a successful politician.

You're right. Reagan was a pretty bad president. (seriously)


W was a mess, but he was successful in that he achieved many of his goals. The same could be said for Reagan.
 
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