Steven Colbert was trying to get on the presidential ballot in South Carolina. Colbert had planned to do what has worked for many a politician: run as both a Republican and a Democrat.

Well, it turns out the master of over-the-top political satire and self parody wasn’t welcome — probably because no Democrat candidate wants the competition:

Two prominent supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials and urged them to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert’s name off the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters.

Colbert is now off the ballot in South Carolina, even though he provided the $2,500 filing fee on time. By a 13-3 vote, Democrat Party officials voted Colbert off Nutburger Island. A member of the executive council said this:

“He’s really trying to use South Carolina Democrats as suckers so he can further a comedy routine.”

And this makes Colbert different from Hillary, Obama and Edwards…how?


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