Stephen Colbert Reacts To His Sister’s Loss

Last night, Stephen Colbert reacted to his sister’s loss to Mark Sanford:

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Dave Schuler says:

    Sanford’s campaign will be a boon to comics everywhere. The gift that keeps on giving.

  2. Caj says:

    Stephen Colbert is hilarious. His sister however should have won especially against Mr Family Values….not!!! Just shows what idiots they have in South Carolina. Bang on about the bible and yet vote back in Mark Sandford, who lied to them, his staff and his family! I guess Democrats when they do wrong deserve to go to hell where Republicans are welcomed back into the bosom of God with open arms! Pathetic and sad state just like the fool they elected.

  3. bill says:

    @Caj: um, she got 45% of the vote- so all of SC are idiots? if that’s true then nearly half of Americans are for not voting for obama. like this broad was actually qualified for office…..just because her brother’s on tv- brilliant. stewart, colbert and mahar have it made, pandering to the lowest common denominator.

  4. Caj says:


    Hard to run on family values and God when you are the biggest hypocrite out there as in Mark Sandford! Yes, those who voted for him are idiots and hypocrites. The fact that Elizabeth Colbert Busch ran had nothing to do with her brother being a T.V. star. She ran on her own merits not on her brothers shirt tails! Elizabeth may have lost but she she only lost to a loser and consitituents who are so far up the backside of religion they are blinded by it! President Obama is a smart guy who won because the country saw the greatness in him, not once but twice. Plus the fact he’s a perfect family man with absloutely no scandals surrounding him or his family.

  5. Sanford won because he successfully shifted the narrative of the race away from his personal foibles, which everyone in the district was aware of, and onto national issues. Given that this is a district that has gone GOP for 33 years the outcome wasn’t a surprise.

    Also, say what you will about him, but Mark Sanford has never lost an election. He’s a good campaigner and he knows the voters of the 1st CD

  6. Dave Schuler says:

    I don’t think we should discount the cultural aspect, Doug. A lot of the voters in that district are undoubtedly believers in second chances. As of 2001 between 31% and 40% of South Carolinian adults identified themselves as evangelical Christians and for evangelicals a second chance is a fundamental tenet. I wouldn’t be surprised if the number in SC who hold onto that idea as a cultural trait even if they don’t self-identify as evangelicals adds to the number.

  7. Andre Kenji says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    Sanford won because he successfully shifted the narrative of the race away from his personal foibles

    It wasn´t only personal foibles. His 2008 *state trade mission* to South America makes little sense. unless his objective was to visit his mistress.

  8. Paul L. says:

    I am enjoying progressives lecturing about personal foibles.
    Lighten Up – It Was Just Lies About Sex

    If you have no brief against the Clintons, the Weiners, the Spitzers, or the Kennedys please don’t pretend you’re offended by the Sanfords. Indeed, when Democratic politicians get caught in scandals, the response from liberals is invariably, Why can’t you conservatives lighten up?

  9. Caj says:
  10. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @Paul L.: It’s not the sexual impropriety, it is the hypocrisy of not adhering to your stated belief system. If you run around trying to impose your beliefs on what should happen in private on other people, you damn well better be following those beliefs yourself.

  11. Dave says:

    @Paul L.: I would further argue that voting to impeach Clinton of sexual misconduct and lying seems to be the height of hypocrisy.

  12. @Doug Mataconis: No one ever criticized Mark Sanford for being a bad politician. We’re criticizing him for being a bad person. The fact that his voters are idiots who are deathly afraid of Nancy Pelosi is just frosting.