Could late night talk show host Stephen Colbert soon find himself on Capitol Hill? Possibly, If the faux pundit has anything to do with it. Though heavy emphasis on the possibly.
Soon after South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint surprised he state by announcing his departure from the Senate to run the Heritage Foundation, many fingers pointed toward Colbert, a South Carolina native, as a possible replacement. Many of those fingers were respectable news outlets, which Colbert was quick to reveal on his show, The Colbert Report.
Gaining the Senate seat is conceivable, since the state governor, Nikki Haley, has the responsibility to appoint a new Senator to the vacant seat. Colbert launched a Twitter campaign to gain the governor's confidence, but in true social media style, Gov. Haley updated her Facebook status to let Colbert know that he wasn't in the running.
"Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me," she wrote on Monday. "But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake." The governor had quizzed Colbert on his show about the state drink.
While it's highly, highly, highly unlikely that Colbert will even come under consideration for the role, the support he's received lends some weight to a possible political run in the future. After all, Saturday Night Live alum and frequent Politically Incorrect guest comedian Al Franken is now a U.S. Senator.
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