Jan 21 2012

Palmetto State

Update: Newt Wins! MSNBC @ 7 pm.

Stephen Colbert’s unfunny run for president

By Colbert I. King, The Washington Post

Published: January 20

I don’t find comedian Stephen Colbert’s involvement in the Republican presidential race the least bit funny.

I fail to see the humor in Colbert urging South Carolinians to vote in Saturday’s primary for businessman Herman Cain, who dropped out of the presidential race but whose name remains on the ballot. Throwing away votes degrades a system already brought low by the unprecedented airing of negative ads so early in the nominating process.

Besides, too much has gone into getting the right to vote to treat the ballot like a game. Cain, who held a joint rally with Colbert in South Carolina on Friday, should know better.

Acquiring the millions needed to get a presidential campaign off the ground requires grueling hours of asking people and groups to part with their treasures on behalf of your cause.

Now introduce into that mix an entertainer who takes neither himself nor the political process seriously, who lives for laughs and satire, and has the prominence and enough dough to form a super PAC and try to muscle his way into the nominating process. The result is a mockery of the race.

Maybe I’m becoming a curmudgeon. But I don’t see the humor.

As nearly as I can determine, that is his real name and he is a real contributor to the Washington Post.  You can’t just make this stuff up folks.

Chuck Todd @ Winthrop University

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Stephen Colbert shows Republicans how to draw a crowd

By David Horsey, L.A. Times

January 21, 2012, 8:16 a.m.

Reporting from Charleston, S.C. — Under the looming live oaks at the College of Charleston on Friday, Stephen Colbert delivered a clinic on how to produce a whiz-bang political rally. Significantly, not one of the Republican candidates this year has exhibited the star power to bring off such an extravaganza themselves.

Before Colbert delivered his satirical address, he allowed Cain a good chunk of time to give a speech very similar to one he delivered the day before to a sparse audience at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. The multitude Colbert provided him was at least 20 times bigger, but Cain’s platitudinous profundities would have been better saved for a Kiwanis luncheon. Even if sexual harassment allegations had not caught up with him, it’s clear that, by now, he still would have been sidelined alongside Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann. Colbert is not only more funny, he is a far sharper analyst of contemporary politics.

The pertinent question raised by Colbert’s attention grab on the day before South Carolina’s primary vote is why the four remaining Republican candidates are not drawing crowds as big and adoring as Colbert’s. Yes, Colbert is a celebrity. He’s an expert entertainer. And it’s not too hard to get a few thousand college kids to skip class on any day of the week. But four years ago at this point in the campaign, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were pulling in crowds as big or bigger. John McCain was packing the gymnasiums pretty well too. And, later in the campaign, Sarah Palin proved she could rock an arena.

This year’s candidates are avoiding big events because they do not want to be photographed in half-empty halls. Gingrich actually refused to speak to the GOP leadership conference because so few Republicans showed up.


Stephen on Morning Joe


What’s up with that Occupy Wall Street stuff?  I don’t get it!

30 Rock

WH Correspondents’ Dinner

He’s talking about you Chuck.

I’m putting this up while it’s still early enough to get to the polls in South Carolina, home of sedition, treason, and slavery (not that I’m under any illusion about the penetration of our readership in the Palmetto State), but I’ll bump it to become our anchor Open Thread when the results start coming in.


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  1. ek hornbeck
  2. BobbyK

    My feelings exactly.

  3. seakit

    Keith Olbermann has a live show now covering it.

    And on the Internet, the link is http://www.thertv.eu/93

  4. seakit
  5. seakit
  6. BobbyK

    MSM finally gets it.

    Colbert isn’t just marginalizing Republicans, but the MSM too.

  7. seakit

    According to exit polls, Mitt Romney lost voters of all income levels to Newt Gingrich except those making over $200,000 per year, reports PBS Newshours’ Christina Belantoni. Among these wealthiest voters, these early numbers show Romney winning 47% to Gingrich’s 31%.


  8. seakit

    Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, his body weakened by continuing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for lung cancer, was reported Saturday night to be in serious condition at a State College area hospital.

    Reports said that Paterno’s family, which includes his wife, Sue, five children and 17 grandchildren, were summoned to Mount Nittany Medical Center, where Paterno has been since being readmitted on Jan. 13.


  9. seakit

    Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 1m

    “Which one is Gingrich again?” — Rick Perry #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 8m

    BREAKING: Gingrich Leads Romney By Two Wives #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 23m

    Van Halen reunites, Gingrich wins big… get ready to do the Macarena, people. #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 40m

    Gingrich leading Romney by 16%, which is more than Romney pays in taxes. #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 49m

    BREAKING: Stung By Defeat, Romney Considers Adultery: bit.ly/vbnJ4j #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 53m

    Gingrich victory statement: “I’ve left Mitt Romney behind faster than a woman with cancer.” #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 1h

    It’s looking like the big winner in South Carolina tonight will be Obama. #SCPrimary

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 6h

    I thought Gingrich was finished in the 90s. I guess this means the return of Chumbawamba.

    Andy Borowitz Andy Borowitz @BorowitzReport 10h

    S CAROLINA: The voters must choose between a guy who wants his taxes closed and one who wants his marriages open.

  10. BobbyK

    They’re down to Halloween metaphors comparing Newt & Mitt.

  11. BobbyK

    What do you want to bet he gets cut away from to hear Santorum or Newt.

  12. seakit

    will endorse Romney.

  13. BobbyK

    and at the bar before 9pm.

  14. BobbyK

    God bless free enterprise, system divine,

    Stand beside her and guide her,

    Just as long as the profits are mine.

    Good old Wall Street, may she flourish

    Corporations, may they grow,

    God bless free enterprise, the status quo,

    God bless free enterprise, the status quo,

  15. seakit

    life support.

  16. seakit
  17. seakit

    to seven 3-hour debates.  And Newt said Obama can use a prompter 😉

  18. seakit

    after Newt said that Obama is a danger to America.

    Good for Keith for not putting up with the crap.

    But after listening to Newt, if he wins the primary, I think he’s got a chance to beat Obama.


  19. TMC

    sleep and another problem that needed my attention.

    The win for Newt “Born Again” Gingrich may cause brokered GOP convention in  August. This is going to a long hot summer.

    For tomorrow, I’ve been reading that Obama is going to give the bankers a pass on robosigning. Figures he would do this in the dark of night and their Rapid Response Team would be out in force to counter any a negative news about their shill Obama.

    I’m covering the ED again tonight. If I get A chance I’ll be back later

  20. BobbyK

    are best buddies.

  21. BobbyK

    Apparently Paul had nothing new to say.

  22. BobbyK

    to run third party.

  23. BobbyK

    suppressed the 18-29 vote. Bad news for Ron Paul too.

  24. seakit

    he isn’t dead.

  25. BobbyK

    Pressure being put on the hold-out AGs to give immunity to the banks or risk losing settlement money for your state. What a slime ball.

    The “establishment” republicans don’t have anything to worry about. Either their republican wins, or the the one that’s in the whitehouse now gets a second term.

  26. seakit

    I’m glad to got a chance to get some sleep.

    Yes, long hot summer, and I hope that OWS is a HUGE part of it.

    I hope you have an uneventful night.

  27. seakit
  28. TMC

    is that it won’t solve the problem of the fraud and the billions, if not trillions, lost by homeowners. Nor does it address the MERS problem and the robosigning which continues. The Nevada AG has already gotten a settlement from one of the major banks that is larger than the DOJ agreement and she is going for criminal prosecutions. So it takes a little longer for the states to get some relief for the homeowners who already have lost their homes but in many cases it is stopping the banks from illegally foreclosing on anyone else.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Obama’s hordes are screaming that this is the best deal. There are using the same argument they used to defend the lack of torture and war crimes prosecutions. Obama took an oath 3 years ago to up hold the law and the Constitution not ignore it for his backers.

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