Stephen Colbert for president?
You read that right.
The comedian/faux conservative pundit indicated on his Comedy Central show Wednesday night that he’s planning to announce Thursday night whether he’ll run for president as a write-in candidate in the South Carolina GOP primary in two weeks.
Colbert, a native of the Palmetto State, plugged a “major announcement” about “an historic decision” on his program, which left his fans, and the media, wondering about his intentions.
During the bit, Colbert mused about his frustration with the Republican presidential front runner, Mitt Romney.
“I just wish there was some fresh face untainted by the process who could swoop in and save the day,” he said.
But Colbert became ecstatic when he revealed the results of a poll conducted by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling that showed him receiving 5 percent support from likely primary voters; putting him slightly ahead of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, an actual candidate who’s at 4 percent.
“Oh my God, it’s me!” Colbert exclaiming, triggering a roaring cheer from the studio audience.
“Wow. Ladies and and gentlemen, I don’t know what to say. This just got real,” he continued. “I gotta ask, Nation, what do you think: Should I run for president in South Carolina?”
Colbert missed last November’s ballot filing deadline by a mile, but he could still launch a last-minute write in campaign. And it’s not outside Colbert’s comfort zone to pull a high-profile political stunt.
He testified before Congress in Sept. 2010 about immigration and migrant farm workers, and last year, Colbert created a super PAC titled “Americans For A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” that actually spent money on advertising in the lead up to the Ames, Iowa straw poll.
Tune into his show tonight. We may have another presidential candidate on our hands.
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