South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley should listen to her constituents and select Stephen Colbert to be the next senator from South Carolina. The senate would get so much more entertaining. IMAGE: Reuters
The people of South Carolina have spoken: the top choice to replace Jim DeMint in the senate is: Stephen Colbert.
Sadly, this does not come down to a popular vote (until a special election in 2014!). South Carolina's laws dictate that when a senator leaves for a job that is more fun and probably pays better, and where odds are he will get more accomplished (or for any other reason), the governor, in this case Nikki Haley, selects a senator to serve out the remainder of the term. Public Policy Polling took the pulse of the state, and found that 20% want Colbert, 5% ahead of the next vote-getter Rep. Tim Scott. The others to top 10% were Rep. Trey Gowdy (14%), and Jenny Sanford (11%), the ex-wife of the state's former governor, Mark Sanford. Interestingly, Sanford jumps into the lead when Colbert is (for some reason) removed.
Colbert has been openly campaigning for the job on his show:
Let's just imagine for a moment that Nikki Haley bumps her head on her way to work tomorrow and actually selects Stephen Colbert to be the next senator from South Carolina, and Colbert accepts. As one of the most powerful people in the country, do we then get Colbert the actor or Colbert the character?