‘Senator Stephen Colbert’ Has a Nice Ring to It, Don’t You Think? [VIDEO]
When news broke that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint was resigning at the end of the year, several media outlets decided that Stephen Colbert -- who grew up in the Palmetto State -- would make a great replacement. And 'The Colbert Report' host sees no reason to rebuff their efforts.
Sounds like Ashley Judd may not be the only celebrity considering a senatorial run. Or ... not.
The decision to choose a new senator will be made by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who once appeared on Colbert's show. While ticking off the list of requirements for a new senator, Colbert aimed his remarks at her, saying, "Let's see, you want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from South Carolina ... Maybe somebody who had a Super PAC!"
"Now folks, I'm not going to sit here and say I should be South Carolina's next senator," he continued, "Not when so many other people are saying it for me."
Colbert was of course referencing articles from USA Today, Huffington Post, Roll Call, and the New York Post that all mentioned the idea.
He then quipped, "I know when I look at the US Senate I say to myself, 'You know what they could use? Another white guy.'"
Colbert told his fans to "take to the Twitters" and send messages to Haley with the hashtag #SenatorColbert to let her know he'd be a popular choice. And as expected, they did not disappoint.
Haley thanked Colbert via her Facebook page, mentioning his "interest in South Carolina's US Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me."
However, she did make note that when she appeared on his show, he didn't know the state drink of South Carolina, calling the faux paux a "big, big mistake." (If you're ever on 'Jeopardy!' and need to know, it's milk, by the way.)
This isn't the first time Colbert has kinda sorta run for office -- he threw his satirical hat into the ring for the South Carolina presidential primary earlier this year. And back in 2009 when then-Gov. Mark Sanford disappeared for several days to "hike the Appalachian Trail" (read: "bang his mistress"), Stephen donned a crown and declared himself governor of the state.