Stephen Colbert is at it again. The “Purveyor of Truthiness” is shedding some light on the inner workings of our democratic election process. He has organized a Super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” and more recently formed a presidential exploratory committee.
His Super PAC is running attack ads on the attack ads from the Republican Primary candidates. When Colbert filed the paperwork to assemble an exploratory committee recently, he handed over the control of his Super PAC to his satirical counterpart, Jon Stewart, who renamed it, “The Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC.” In addition, this week’s South Carolina primary is quickly approaching. The ballots have been printed without Colbert’s name on it; and with a South Carolina law preventing write-in campaigns, one would think that Colbert’s ship was sunk, right? Well not so fast. That is where former front runner Herman Cain comes in; a vote for Cain is a vote for Colbert.
What is behind it all? Recent decisions made by the Supreme Court of the United States have changed campaign finance laws to allow truly private campaign financing through the allowance of Super PACs. Colbert is doing what he does best: Delivering political satire in an eye-opening, potentially game-changing way. Disappointed by the current Republican candidates, voters are looking for a candidate they can believe in. And however satirical this run for office may be, it has instilled a certain hope in the electorate.
Be careful what you wish for Mr. Colbert, you might just get it.