Stephen Colbert, on the heels of showing up in a poll with 5 percent in his home state of South Carolina, has started a facetious run for the presidency himself – at least in South Carolina.
The problem: he’s not on state Republican ballot. But Atlanta’s Herman Cain, who suspended his campaign last month, still is.
So in a particularly absurdist move, Colbert’s Super PAC (which he handed off to his buddy Jon Stewart last week to “separate” the PAC from himself) has released an advertisement in which he simply calls himself Cain.
“A vote for Cain is a vote for America,” the narrator intones while shots of Colbert cavorting about are shown. “He’s such a Washington outsider, he’s not even running for president!”
For the final 20 seconds of the 60-second ad, they show Colbert, first not smiling, then smiling ever so gradually, in homage to that classic Cain ad of yore where he starts grinning maniacally at the very end.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk