Poll: Stephen Colbert is South Carolinia’s favorite for new US Senator

If South Carolina had its way, Stephen Colbert would be GOP Senator Jim Demint’s successor in the U.S. Senate.

From Public Policy Polling:

Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.

Stephen Colbert: There is no Santa Claus in CanadaSadly, Nikki Haley has already ruled out appointing Colbert, saying that his inability to correctly identify milk as South Carolina’s state drink disqualifies him from office.

Supporters of Colbert should be quick to retort that, in the same interview, Haley herself was unable to identify the spotted salamander as South Carolina’s state amphibian.

It should also be noted that the disgraced former governor, Mark Sanford, polled at a respectable eight percent in PPP’s survey and Joe “You Lie” Wilson, South Carolina’s second most-liberal congressman, edged Mick Mulvaney, the state’s most conservative congressman, with five percent.


Jon Green is a graduate of Kenyon College with a degree in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. A veteran of the campaigns of Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and President Obama in 2012, he writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @JonGreen8, and on Google+. .

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  • perljammer

    Another comedian? Why not? Al Franken certainly worked out well. Oh, wait …

  • Sweetie

    He’d make a better senator. Of course, Colbert is not above being bought and sold. Consider the ridiculous (and not in a good way) “rally to restore sanity” that he participated in.

    “US voters are easy marks for political tricksters, and it is probably something that just can’t be helped. The neatest trick is getting them to vote against their class interest. A few generations ago we had the ‘Reagan democrats': working class people who voted—not once but twice!—for someone who was anti-union and generally anti-labor. And now, a few decades of political progress later, we have the ‘Teabaggers': middle-aged obese and sickly white people who are about to cast their vote for someone who will take away their government-provided electrifc scooters and their very expensive medical care.

    When the political tricksters fail and the voting public actually gets a little bit upset, it is time to send in the clowns, and so most recently a couple of late-night TV comedians have joined the fray, holding a massive rally to “restore sanity.” This new sanity is epitomized by the following family portrait: daddy is a “Conservative Republican” mommy is an “Obama Liberal,” the son is a “Libertarian,” the daughter is a “Green,” and the dog (the only one of them who is sane) is trying to run away.

    Meet the Losers: they are the ones who have no idea what class their family is in, or what their class interest is, and as far as their chances of making successful use of democratic politics to collectively defend and advance their class interest, well… they are the Losers—that says it all, doesn’t it? All that blood spilled in the name of liberty and democracy, and to show for it we have a country of insane Losers and the odd sane stray dog, free to a good home.

    But it is all a waste of time: the Losers may vote or not vote, they may flap their gums at the breakfast table or twinkle their toes up and down the street holding signs, where they may take part in peaceful protest or get teargassed and shot with rubber bullets—the result will be exactly the same.”

    http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2010/11/survey-of-unlikely-voters.html

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