Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” officially announced he would be running for president of the United States. Yes. You read correctly. Being a native of South Carolina, funnyman Colbert will run in that state’s primary election.
Stephen Colbert’s fame skyrocketed after becoming an Internet sensation due to his rant at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006 where he showcased his satirical and sarcastic style, unleashing a no-holds-barred passive attack on Bush & Co.
Finally. I’ve been waiting to see this for a while now. If Jesse “The Body” Venture and Arnold “Pumping Iron” Schwarzenegger can be governors, then why not have a politically unseasoned anti-politician run for the highest office in the land?
The leap from celebrity to politician isn’t a new jump. Jerry Springer, made famous for pioneering trashy television, was once the mayor of Cincinnati. Clint Eastwood was once elected Mayor of Carmel, a small town in California. Sonny Bono, of Sonny and Cher, was both a mayor and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
And Ronald Reagan was a sports announcer turned actor who was featured in over 20 films. He was even elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, later becoming Governor of California, then President of the United States.
Most people will argue the obvious point that Colbert lacks political experience. But that’s one of his strongest attributes. Personally, I think the more experience one has playing the political game is irrelevant to the spirit of the office, or any political office at that. Ask yourself, what qualifies someone to be President? Ultimately, the President is the loudest voice in the world. We vote for the individual we feel will utilize that voice in our best interests. Some citizens favor a candidate with certain specialized backgrounds and voting history, because that reflects the decisions we expect to be made.
Politicians are not people. They are biological entities, yes, but they are not people. They are an ideal presentation of what’s necessary to maintain the position they have, or strive to possess. They are the product of countless intersecting opinions from professionals in various fields. They’re figments of our imagination designed to seem personable.
Some argue that Colbert also has a team that he represents, which would be the writers of his television show. But the difference between this and the traditional campaign team is the focus. Campaign teams, and candidates, are whores of public opinion, while Colbert’s posse lacks the need to be widely accepted or favored. They do what they do because they feel that way, not because it would be a statistical advantage to say that they feel that way.
Whether it’s Colbert, or another, I think the American people are holding their breath for a savior; someone that can look them in the eyes and tell the truth. Or at least, stab them from the front.