CNN reports that Stephen Colbert said “I’m proud to announce I plan to form an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my candidacy in the United States of South Carolina” and that because of legal problems with a candidate controlling a Super PAC, he is turning over control to Jon Stewart.
I had wrongly predicted he would not want to give up control of the Super PAC and would instead endorse Buddy Roemer.
Since it is too late for Colbert to get on the ballot in South Carolina and the state prohibits write-in votes, it is not clear what a candidacy means here. Nor is it clair what it means to be a candidate “in the United States of South Carolina.”
Perhaps after getting no (legal) votes in South Carolina he will suspend his candidacy and then retake control of the super PAC.
I’m sure all these machinations will keep Colbert’s lawyers plenty busy, and all of us entertained.