Could comedian Colbert win for President?

In 2007, Stephen Colbert, a political comedian who addresses his audience as “Nation”, made a brief run for President. He was considering running on both the Democratic and Republican Party lines.

While Colbert’s run was somewhat short-lived, it appears that Colbert does have the potential to win a nationwide vote. Could Colbert be the next celebrity recruited by a third party for a Presidential run?

(excerpt from) Newsday/AP
Colbert wins NASA space station name contest
March 24, 2009

WASHINGTON – NASA’s online contest to name a new room at the international space station went awry. Comedian Stephen Colbert won. [With write-in votes from his television audience.]

The name “Colbert” beat out NASA’s four suggested options in the space agency’s effort to have the public help name the addition…

Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday…

NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name.

21 thoughts on “Could comedian Colbert win for President?

  1. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Is the fact that NASA asked people to vote, and then reserved the right to pick the name anyway, be an allegory for the way our founding Fathers created the Electoral College?

  2. paulie

    Is the fact that NASA asked people to vote, and then reserved the right to pick the name anyway, be an allegory for the way our founding Fathers created the Electoral College?

    Not exactly. There was no popular vote for president until the 1830s or so,

  3. citizen1

    The problem with Colbert at this point that he was not completely serious about the run and so we are not sure what he really stands for or against.

  4. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Well, maybe someone should find out what he stands for?

    😉

    And, when we find out, offer him a party line that stands for that, too.

    😉

    Colbert received 230,539 votes!!! That is more than GP 2005 Presidential Candidate David Cobb received as a ballot qualified candidate. And, that is only a little less than Cynthia Mckinney received in 2008. If someone can get 230,539 votes on the write-in, they are worth talking to.

    😉

  5. NewFederalist

    “The problem with Colbert at this point that he was not completely serious about the run and so we are not sure what he really stands for or against.”

    So… what’s the problem?

  6. sunshinebatman

    Colbert is a antiwar pro-welfare “social justice” Catholic under the mistaken assumption Barry is a legitimate President. Hope this helps.

  7. paulie

    Colbert is a antiwar pro-welfare “social justice” Catholic

    Catholic Trotskyite?

    under the mistaken assumption Barry is a legitimate President.

  8. CHUCKtheFED

    if all you want is the votes
    why not have a fifty dollar bill run for President?

    Pat Paulson, by proxy

  9. Nate

    Thanks a lot, now I’m guaranteed to have nightmares unless I can get that picture out of my mind.

  10. sunshinebatman

    Your Soviet streak is showing, Paulie… sad to see you join Phillies in the Fuhrer’s personality cult.

  11. paulie

    Your Soviet streak is showing, Paulie… sad to see you join Phillies in the Fuhrer’s personality cult.

    Whah….? The…? ….?

    Because I don’t buy the foreign birth nonsense, I’m in a Fuhrer personality cause?

    That’s ludicrous.

    I’m a strong critic of the current president, the one before that, and the rest of them for that matter.

  12. Mik Robertson

    “I’m a strong critic of the current president, the one before that, and the rest of them for that matter.”

    At least your are not being critical of all of the vice-presidents. Anyone who could shoot Alexander Hamilton can’t be all bad.

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