Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Give the people what they want: Senator Stephen Colbert

By Michael J.W. Stickings


Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove. Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity.

Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she's doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful.

There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.

That's right: Stephen Colbert. (He promoted the idea hilariously last night.)

Does it matter that Colbert isn't a Republican and that "Stephen Colbert," his brilliant character, makes a name for himself mocking conservatives by being one himself, an on-air distillation of conservatism?

Not to me. Not one bit.

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