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Gov. Nikki Haley vets Stephen Colbert for Senate
Hotair ^ | 12/14/2012 | MARY KATHARINE HAM

Posted on 12/14/2012 8:34:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind

This is fun for a Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley is now deciding who will take Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-SC) place when he leaves the Senate to head up The Heritage Foundation.

Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert tops the list of preferred appointments with South Carolinians, according to a PPP poll:

Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.

It's Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they'd like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.

So, there’s that. You can fret about what this says about the voting public, wonder whether it’s the Senate they’re goofing on or the pollsters, or you can just play along with the joke.

That’s what Haley did yesterday, acknowledging the public’s desire for a satirist in the Senate by giving him a vetting worthy of a satirist.

The Colbert Report Mr. Colbert, clearly a whole lot of people felt you needed a second look for U.S. Senate, and… fb.me/1Vnh9Ik1t

— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 13, 2012

Here’s what she found out:

Stephen Colbert

Given that news updates out of South Carolina on this subject have been scarce, Haley seemed to enjoy keeping the political press wondering, as it did in almost ludicrous fashion over this:

Just prior to releasing her research on Mr. Colbert, Ms. Haley posted some lyrics from Adele’s hit “Rumor Has It” on her Facebook page. The ellipsis-filled status update, which was also shared on Twitter, simply included the song’s title and some of the words without any further explanation from Ms. Haley, prompting MSNBC’s Chuck Todd to wonder whether the post actually came from her. Politicker reached out to a spokesman for the governor who confirmed the Facebook post was something “she personally did herself.”

The field of possibilities remains unchanged:

Her short list means South Carolina could have its first Black U.S. senator or first female senator.

The person with knowledge of the process says the Republican governor is choosing among U.S. Reps. Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy, former first lady Jenny Sanford, state agency director Catherine Templeton, and former state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Speculation abounds over who she might pick to fill the seat through 2014, when voters will choose someone to serve the remaining two years of DeMint’s term. The guesses began as soon as DeMint announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

Names tossed out as possibilities include the state’s four congressmen recently re-elected to their second term.

Scott was just named to the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

If Colbert actually ever did make it to the Hill, we have pretty good evidence that it would suck all the funny out of him, anyway. It’s happened before.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: nikkihaley; senate; stephencolbert

1 posted on 12/14/2012 8:34:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%

Sad, really. I guess leadership of the nation is viewed as a joke. When the citizens are so flippant, trouble can't be far behind.

2 posted on 12/14/2012 8:38:49 AM PST by PGR88
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t Colbert a left of center comedian? what at all qualifies him anyway?


3 posted on 12/14/2012 8:39:55 AM PST by omega4179 ( el 0bama comio un perro)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looking at it another way, 80% are for someone OTHER THAN Stephen Colbert. And the others are mostly the opposite of what Colbert stands for. He’s the stinking fish...the others have something in common with one another but nothing in common with Colbert.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 8:40:30 AM PST by txrangerette ("hold to the truth...speak without fear". (Glenn Beck))
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To: omega4179

He’s smarter than Al Franken?


5 posted on 12/14/2012 8:41:02 AM PST by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

Colbert and franken. Both not funny both not qualified, why not?


6 posted on 12/14/2012 8:45:21 AM PST by pfflier
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To: SeekAndFind

Well she “vetted” him as in put out an opposition research dump on him.

Plus it was humorous.


7 posted on 12/14/2012 8:48:28 AM PST by NeoCaveman (SMOD 2012)
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To: SeekAndFind

He might not destroy as many minds if he was in the Senate.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 8:48:55 AM PST by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: PGR88

“Sad, really. I guess leadership of the nation is viewed as a joke.”

When cadre are clowns everything is a joke. If the 2012 election cycle failed to convince people that the GOP is a dead end, absolutely nothing will.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 8:49:28 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: omega4179

“Steven Colbert” is not even a real person. He is a persona created by some lackluster entertainer whose name I forget and don’t care enough to look up. His humor is on the Garrison Keillor scale; basically like watching paint dry.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 8:52:27 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: txrangerette

Looking at it another way, 80% are for someone OTHER THAN Stephen Colbert.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
I really agree with your way of thinking.

If I were a pol etc I would be claiming 92% of the people in my state/country are working and we are working hard at getting the remaining 8% gainful employment, if they desire.

When I was a ‘drinker/driver (not proud, just saying), the antis would say 32% of all accidents are caused by drinking drivers. MY response “we apparently know how 32% are caused, shouldn’t we ALSO be working just as hard on the other 68%, or are they okay cause they weren’t drinking”?

These numbers can work both ways, just need to make sure you are presenting them the right way dependent on your audience.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 8:57:11 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone needs to calm down and take a deep breathe. She did not “vet” him at all. This was a joke.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 9:00:07 AM PST by redk
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To: SeekAndFind
OK, Jon Stewart can get off some very funny lines - but Stephen Colbert? I see his fans laughing, I see him forming his own PAC and interviewing politicians while his fans nod in knowing hilarity, and I'm pretty sure even they don't find the guy funny. Colbert's success is an interesting example of the power of group-think:

'He pokes fun at those who my sloganeering is aimed against, and all my friends say he's funny, therefore he must actually be funny and I must do everything in my power to avoid letting anyone know that I think he's devoid of any trace of humor, even if it means chuckling and nodding at every witless noise that comes out of his mouth'.
13 posted on 12/14/2012 9:11:18 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SeekAndFind

Obamaland.

And you’re wondering why we’re in trouble. :)


14 posted on 12/14/2012 9:54:41 AM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: EEGator

A rock is smarter than Franken.

Gunner


15 posted on 12/14/2012 10:01:49 AM PST by weps4ret (Republicans are suffering from Testicular Atrophy!!!)
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To: weps4ret

What does that say about the people of Minnesota?


16 posted on 12/14/2012 10:24:15 AM PST by EEGator
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in the last election, the runner up to DeMint was democrat Al Green. Should not he be in the running too.


17 posted on 12/14/2012 10:37:56 AM PST by staytrue
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To: SeekAndFind

Publicity stunt. The fact that the media is actling like she’s seriously considering him says more about the media than it does about Haley or Colbert.


18 posted on 12/14/2012 10:40:50 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (Cigarettes are like squirrels: Perfectly harmless until you put one in your mouth and set it on fire)
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To: omega4179

When GWB was President, there was an event at which Steven Colbert was the featured comedian—I think the White House correspondents dinner. Colbert’s jokes at the expense of President Bush were mean-spirited...not like what any Democrat President would have to listen to at that event.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 10:46:13 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: PGR88
Sad, not improbable.

People here in MN elected Jesse Ventura and Al Franken.

20 posted on 12/14/2012 11:08:25 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: PGR88

That’s the Dems’ way of protesting—the GOP preference vote was widely split.


21 posted on 12/14/2012 11:09:12 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Psalm 144

I think he he funny and think Garrison Keillor is funny.
Do you have an exerciser on a space shuttle named after you?
Ha! I didn’t think so.
So there!


22 posted on 12/14/2012 11:49:55 AM PST by carenot (We'd rather hold on to the myth than fight for the reality)
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To: Psalm 144

I think he he funny and think Garrison Keillor is funny.
Do you have an exerciser on a space shuttle named after you?
Ha! I didn’t think so.
So there!


23 posted on 12/14/2012 11:50:10 AM PST by carenot (We'd rather hold on to the myth than fight for the reality)
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To: Psalm 144
"When cadre are clowns everything is a joke. If the 2012 election cycle failed to convince people that the GOP American experiment is a dead end, absolutely nothing will."

Why do you noobies always insist on singling out the GOP? Nonetheless, I appreciate the unintended irony of your unintended irony...

24 posted on 12/14/2012 11:51:29 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please not Joe Wilson. Is this the idiot Joe Wilson? Please say no.


25 posted on 12/14/2012 11:55:37 AM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: carenot

Moi aussi, mon ami.

Pokes fun at both sides, and has facts and numbers and names to back it up, when he does.

F’r instance....

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/419674/october-01-2012/the-word-—supply-chained


26 posted on 12/14/2012 12:06:07 PM PST by MoJoWork_n (We don't know what it is we don't know)
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To: MoJoWork_n
Your apology is accepted. :)
27 posted on 12/14/2012 12:32:40 PM PST by carenot (We'd rather hold on to the myth than fight for the reality)
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To: staytrue

RE: I believe in the last election, the runner up to DeMint was democrat Al Green. Should not he be in the running too.

______________________________________

There are MANY people in South Carolina who will vote for ANYONE but a Conservative.

In 2010, there was this man named Alvin Greene (not the singer, but the one you mentioned above) who for reasons I still cannot fathom, became the Democratic party nominee to ran against Jim DeMint.

Greene never held public office before and at the time of his candidacy, was unemployed and living with and caring for his father. He did serve in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force before receiving an involuntary honorable discharge in 2009.
On August 13, 2010, it was announced that he had been indicted on criminal charges of showing pornographic pictures to an 18-year old female college student

Greene never presented any coherent policy during the campaign and sounded redundant and incoherent when interviewed about why he wanted to defeat Jim DeMint. He kept repeating over and over again: “Jim DeMint started the recession.”

Anyway, Jim DeMint won the election of course. What surprised me however was this — DeMint won ONLY 63% of the vote. Greene won 28% of the vote ( which translates to over 400,000 votes right there!! ).

That tells you a lot about many voters in South Carolina right there.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 12:48:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Psalm 144
“Steven Colbert” is not even a real person. He is a persona created by some lackluster entertainer whose name I forget and don’t care enough to look up.

You probably should have looked it up.

29 posted on 12/14/2012 1:38:29 PM PST by newgeezer ("... no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." --Rom. 13:1)
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To: StAnDeliver

Do not alter my words.

You may equate the GOP with America if you are such an abject party creature, but do not alter my words without pointing out that you have done so.

A distinct American nation existed before the Washington government and before the entwined malignant tumors known as the Democrat Party and the GOP. An American nation will exist after all of them are gone, and might even thrive again without their suffocating bonds.


30 posted on 12/14/2012 1:49:30 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: carenot

Whatever stimulates you, have at it.


31 posted on 12/14/2012 1:55:17 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: SeekAndFind

This country is so doomed


32 posted on 12/14/2012 4:39:20 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SeekAndFind
What is the deal with stupid comedians becoming leaders in our country? Gads, what happened to morals and people that worked for and EARNED a place in congress, not some stand up half wit one liner IQ strained class clown voting on the most important issues and laws in America.

What happened to integrity and indomitable spirit? Do people in college think the way to the presidency is to be a street corner "organizer" or a half spun late night blow hard? Heaven help us.

33 posted on 12/14/2012 6:58:57 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: Psalm 144

Colbert is so proud of his South Carolina heritage he went to voice class to get rid of the Southern accent. The reason? He said he didn’t want people to think he was stupid because he was a Southerner. The man is a creep and a disgrace to all self-respecting Southerners.


34 posted on 12/14/2012 8:56:49 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

So he is a cultural sellout along with being a vapid bore. I didn’t know that but I am not surprised.


35 posted on 12/15/2012 4:00:37 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Stephen Colbert's biggest fan is...

wait for it...

Stephen Colbert

36 posted on 12/15/2012 4:36:08 AM PST by SMM48
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To: SeekAndFind
Her short list means South Carolina could have its first Black U.S. senator or first female senator.

The person with knowledge of the process says the Republican governor is choosing among U.S. Reps. Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy, former first lady Jenny Sanford, state agency director Catherine Templeton, and former state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

Jenny Sanford? Huh?

37 posted on 12/15/2012 4:46:32 AM PST by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: arasina

RE: Jenny Sanford? Huh?

Yes, being victimized entitles you to some sort of “compensation” from South Carolina.


38 posted on 12/15/2012 5:20:04 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Psalm 144; newgeezer
Actual birth name....Stephen Tyrone Colbert

Leni

39 posted on 12/15/2012 5:42:15 AM PST by MinuteGal (I'm Going to Update the Name That No One Dares to Utter and I'll Use It From Now On......OBAMUNISM !)
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To: TurboZamboni

“People here in MN elected Jesse Ventura and Al Franken.”
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

They may have elected Jesse but Al got in the old fashioned way, by votes “found” in car trunks. The recount continued until Al was over the top, otherwise they would still be counting.


40 posted on 12/15/2012 5:20:52 PM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: EEGator

“He’s smarter than Al Franken?”

Paramecium are smarter than Franken!


41 posted on 12/16/2012 10:47:24 AM PST by chooseascreennamepat (You can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: GeronL

Yes, but doomed with the consent of the “American people”.


42 posted on 12/16/2012 4:44:42 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: EEGator
He’s smarter than Al Franken?

Isn't everybody smarter than diaper boy?

43 posted on 12/16/2012 5:08:27 PM PST by Popman (Gun control will not really control guns, but it will give the illusion of controlling people)
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