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  •  One Difference (4+ / 0-)

    Sean Hannity is a buffoon.

    Colbert just plays one on T.V.  

    I think the equal time thing is the biggest hurdle  If FNC got to decide who was an 'equal time' Democrat...well that is a problem!

    "What is the hardest task in the world? To think." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by MLDB on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 01:55:39 PM PDT

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    •  Thing is... (7+ / 0-)

      Sean Hannity is a buffoon.

      Colbert just plays one on T.V.

      Adam (the diarist) is right...while I sure agree with your interpretations, we can't have the government defining as a matter of law who's a buffoon, who's a serious candidate, etc..

      The closest he can come without breaking the law and without establishing a dangerous precendent would be to solicit write-in votes without filing even as a write-in candidate.

      Economic -3.50/Social -2.41

      by CenterLeft on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 02:04:29 PM PDT

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      •  My point in saying (1+ / 0-)
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        that is to point out that he stands a buffoons chance in hell of getting elected.  I'm not talking about government categorizing anyone.  

        "Sean Hannity for Congress" wouldn't go anywhere.  His 'popularity' is scattered all over the place.  He lives in the New York metro area.  They aren't going to be electing him to congress.

        "What is the hardest task in the world? To think." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

        by MLDB on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 02:09:42 PM PDT

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        •  Say O'Lielly ran for Senate (0+ / 0-)

          He's a lying asshole, but he's no idiot.

          New York can elect Repug Senators.  Remember Al D'Amato?  Keep in mind also that the most liberal part of the state (NYC) elected Giuliani mayor twice.

          Should O'Lielly be able if he were running to keep his show and electioneer on it?  Colbert will electioneer on his show, as that's part of the joke.  It will be intentionally inept electioneering, that being part of the joke as well; but how can one make an objective distinction?

          You can't.

          I thought Colbert's idea was a fun one, too.  But, election fairness is more important than good comedy.

          I don't like to say this either, but Colbert can't do it (except by campaigning for write in votes without filing) without some very bad consequences.

          Economic -3.50/Social -2.41

          by CenterLeft on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 03:41:53 PM PDT

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