Today’s Laugh: Colbert’s Presidential Stunt
October 18, 2007 1:44 PM
Comedy Central prankster Stephen Colbert declared during his show Tuesday night that he was going to take a shot at the presidency, running as both a Democrat and a Republican in his native state of South Carolina.
Hey, why not? We all know it’s just a ratings stunt, if in fact he even meets the Nov. 1 deadline to get on the state’s ballot. He can make hay with this attention-getting ploy to push sales for his new book well in time for holiday gift-giving.
If nothing else, his short-lived presence in the political arena could provide some needed comic relief during this oh-so prolonged race for the spoils in 2008. Soon, and probably already, this will go down in history as just another New York minute. But if he pursues this, hopefully Colbert will shed some light on the real presidential hopefuls, and not just serve as an amusing but annoyingly ego-driven distraction.
Meanwhile, does anyone remember how long Pat Paulsen, a comic from “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” lasted in his run for the presidency in 1968, and if it made any difference in the show’s ratings back then?