Colbert for President?
Colbert for President?
By Bobby Keteltas
Up to this point, the 2012 Presidential campaign for the Republican nomination has been interesting to say the least. Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich have each had their time in the spotlight but none of the candidates have been able to pull away from the pack. It seems like the American people simply can’t get a good read on any of the potential nominees.
In fact, there’s so much confusion among the general public that some people (even conservatives) would vote for Stephen Colbert in the general election if he ran as an independent. According to a recent survey by Public Policy Polling, 13 percent of Americans would vote for the Comedy Central Colbert Report host against Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. In that theoretical contest, Obama would get 41 percent of the vote, Romney 38 percent. Seven percent of those polled were undecided.
I’m actually not that surprised about this. Although Comedy Central isn’t exactly recognized for its news content, those who have watched Colbert Report know that Stephen Colbert, though very sarcastically and obnoxiously, exposes politics for what they really are. He points out the absurd biases of news stations (mainly FoxNews) and is certainly never afraid to go above and beyond to show the flaws in the the United States government.
Many people are obviously turned off by the type of comedy he uses in his show, and the condescending manner in which he speaks to the individuals he interviews. However, I think his humor actually accentuates his genius. I’m not saying he should be President, but the fact that people are willing to consider the possibility says something about the lack of confidence Americans have in the political sphere.
“Americans are disgusted with the candidates on both sides, and fed up with politics,” said Tom Jensen, the director of Public Policy Polling. “I actually think if Stephen Colbert were to run as an independent...he'd probably do pretty well in a general election. Certainly not well enough to win, but well enough to justify his third-party candidacy.”
In order to elect the ideal president we need to first find the criteria for the ideal president, which clearly no one has been able to accomplish. Personally I wouldn’t want any of the current Republican candidates running the country; it actually scares me. At the same time, while it’s fun to think about “President Colbert” for a few seconds, it isn’t practical. It looks like by default Obama is the only viable suitor to lead the United States forward for the next four years. Do we have any other choice? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.