In case you too have been feeling giddy and/or deeply unnerved about the realness of Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC, the New York Times lays out the details of Colbert’s committee, including its time line, fan donations and how “cornography” jokes might be the most salient form of campaign finance critique after all. “I am much taken by this and can’t think of any real parallel in history,” says the Brookings Institution’s Stephen Hess. “Yes, comedians have always told jokes about elections, but this is quite different. This is a funny person being very serious, actually talking about process. What comedian talks about process?” Of course, Colbert’s Super PAC is only funny until it draws money away from a serious candidate, whereupon it become really, really funny. As an unnamed source at the Colbert Report explains, “He is taking advantage of loopholes to set up an organization that is not a legitimate political action committee, if there is such a thing, to make the point that the current system is a form of legalized bribery. Try making that point as a member of the mainstream media and holding on to your objectivity.” Man, when Stephen accidentally gets elected president, people are going to lose their shit.
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