Colbert Rejected for South Carolina Ballot
Stephen Colbert’s quixotic quest for the presidency–in South Carolina–has been thwarted by the Democratic Party.
Stephen Colbert’s satirical run for the presidency has run into its first roadblock — his bid to be on the ballot in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary was rejected on Thursday.
The party’s executive council voted 13-3 to refuse Colbert’s application for a spot on the ballot.
“The general sense of the council was that he wasn’t a serious candidate and that was why he wasn’t selected to be on the ballot,” said Joe Werner, the party’s director. “There was discussion — I wouldn’t call it a heated debate — but there was discussion about it.”
Julian Sanchez suggests that this might be because he might win it:
Am I alone in suspecting that one serious consideration behind the decision to keep Stephen Colbert off the South Carolina Democratic primary ballot was that he might well win it? Or, at the very least, beat many of the “serious” candidates? After all, that’s the only way adding him to the ballot would help him “make a mockery” of the process, as SC Dems fear.
Frankly, I doubt that this was the case. There’s actually a set of criteria that the South Carolina Democratic party has for President, which are described in the article above as:
The Democrats had to decide whether they considered Colbert to be a bona fide Democrat who is nationally viable and has spent time campaigning in the state.
Given that Colbert has firmly announced that he is only running in South Carolina and that, to my knowledge, he has not done any campaigning, he simply didn’t meet the minimum criteria necessary to be on the Democratic ballot in South Carolina. That may not be the most subversive opinion in the world, but it is, alas, probably the correct one.
Update: Apparently, I was incorrect about Stephen Colbert not actively campaigning in South Carolina.