Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” is jumping back into politics, as only he can, with the first commercial from his FEC-approved political action committee.
Running in advance of the Aug. 13 Iowa straw poll, Colbert’s SuperPAC (“Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”) ad throws its support behind Rick Parry — not Texas governor and actual candidate Rick Perry, a write-in candidate they made up.
The 60-second spot, “Episode IV: A New Hope,” features everything we’ve come to expect from political commercials: fear mongering and ominous music transitioning into wholesome shots of Americana, amber waves of grain and inspirational symphony music. Oh and stripper poles.
It also shows the Texas Governor waiving a pistol in the air and making a series of menacing looks.
Colbert, who lists himself as “President and Assistant Equipment Manager for Colbert Super PAC,” says in a press release, “I recognized that he’s got the tough talk, the cowboy boots, and the history-of-shooting-coyotes-during-morning-jogs that our country needs. So if anybody is going to be taking unlimited donations and then not be coordinating with his campaign, it’s going to be not us. So to prove we’re truly uncoordinated, we’re asking voters to write in Parry with an A – as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt. You can feel confident he’s not asking us to do that.”
Colbert has been backhandedly critical of last year’s Supreme Court case, Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, which ruled that Super PACs can receive and spend unlimited amounts of money provided they don’t work with a particular candidate. No doubt this ad is a sarcastic nose-thumbing at the ruling.
Colbert’s own SuperPAC receives heavy funding from fans of his show who, in exchange for their donations, have their names on the show’s crawl where they are listed as “Heroes.”
This is not the first foray of the faux-Conservative pundit into politics. In 2008, Colbert attempted to get on the Democratic primary ballot in his home state of South Carolina. The state party declined his request saying, “He wasn’t a serious candidate and that was why he wasn’t selected to be on the ballot.”
Here’s the video…