The Colbert Election Experience:

Bob Bauer comments on the short-lived Colbert campaign for President at More Soft Money Hard Law. His post begins:

So the South Carolina Democratic party has concluded that Stephen Colbert may not appear on the Democratic primary ballot. It did not think his candidacy was a laughing matter, and it thought this precisely because the Colbert candidacy was a laughing matter. Colbert could not be serious, hence not a serious candidate; and yet his candidacy was only viable—it really only made sense—if it was not taken seriously. And yet it was serious enough, this candidacy, that the federal campaign finance laws (and the Federal Communications laws) applied with full force and quite seriously.

Bill Woods (mail):
Hearing news reports about the Hollywood writers' strike, it occurred to me that Colbert was smarter than I had thought. His show is about to go off the air anyway, which would take care of his campaign's FEC problem.
11.3.2007 8:41pm
Eli Rabett (www):
Be serious
11.3.2007 9:56pm
John Burgess (mail) (www):
So the candidacies of Pat Paulson and Pogo weren't serious?

They were full blown political acts, if you ask me.
11.3.2007 11:27pm
Bauer can handle the truthiness.
11.3.2007 11:47pm
So, anyone have any ideas what the FEC will do with Obama's SNL appearance? Anyone?
11.4.2007 1:04am
Thoughtful (mail):
Of course he wasn't serious. He initially announced on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, for G-d's sake! Everyone knows to be seen as serious you have to announce on The Tonight Show...
11.4.2007 2:19am
aizheng (mail):
11.7.2007 3:18am