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  •  It's kind of funny as a joke. (10+ / 0-)

    It's irresponsible to do for real.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 01:49:07 PM PDT

    •  It's definitely funny. (4+ / 0-)

      Geek says

      It's kind of funny as a joke. It's irresponsible to do for real.

      I would agree about it being irresponsible, except that it could be a great teaching moment from a lot of different perspectives.

      I know everything Colbert does is satire but he is also very well-informed.  Given how much he does know about politics,  I think he may be surprised by how much he didn't know about the myriad details and rules about campaign finance.

      He may feel a little like Alice when she slipped down the rabbit hole, but I expect that he will find a solution that is both educational and entertaining.

      •  I don't think its particularly funny (0+ / 0-)

        Recycling Pat Paulsen's routine isn't exactly funny.  It also doesn't seem to fit with Colbert's character, since Hannity/O'Reilly/Beck aren't running for anything (and basing your schtick on Pat Buchanan is pretty stale, too).

        I'm sure Colbert will be able to generate good jokes out of the situation--he's got great writers--but I find the concept tired.

        "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

        by Old Left Good Left on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 02:59:26 PM PDT

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        •  he could just use the legal issues as material (1+ / 0-)
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          He could play it like he wants to run, but the FEC lawyers and Viacom lawyers are stopping him, and have no end of fun having his character attacking everyone and proposing more and more ridiculous ways around the election laws.

        •  I relate to this as "process art" which (1+ / 0-)
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          is a concept that Christoff developed when he did his gigantic artworks which required all kinds of building and zoning permits from various government agencies. What Christoff did was to incorporate all the hearings, the paperwork, the inventory management beforehand and sales of the materials afterward, as well as the lawyering into the art itself, so that the whole process became part of the art project, which was his intention.

          As soon as I heard Stephen Colbert talk about running in South Carolina, I thought that this would be a perfect way to demonstrate the corruption as well as the innate silliness of the electoral process itself by participating in it with a straight face but with a different intention: not to win but to point out the detail of the process from the point of view of a political aesthetics, and thereby to demonstrate how to do it and what the process itself actually is.

          -7.25/-6.41 If you don't like what you hear on the news, go out and make some of your own. -Scoop Nisker

          by sravaka on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 06:56:24 PM PDT

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