Just to be clear, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert is not actually running for president of the United States of America. According to CNN, he’s missed the November 1st filing deadline to get his name on the GOP primary ballot and write-ins aren’t allowed. Still, the news of his campaign topped the list of trends in Google News today, probably because actual Republican front-runner Mitt Romney, in the sixth biggest news story of the day, has been accused of speaking French.
An early poll of Republican voters in South Carolina by Public Policy Polling showed that the former Massachusetts governor had 27 percent of the vote. Colbert was pretty far behind at 5 percent, but he was still ahead of Jon M. Huntsman Jr., who had 4 percent of the vote, and former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, who had 1 percent of the vote. Colbert announced his quasi-candidacy on Thursday night’s “Colbert Report” because looking at those numbers, he sort of had a shot. In reality, though, Mitt Romney is a serious GOP candidate and Stephen Colbert is not.
But this YouTube video, paid for by Newt Gingrich, shows a clip of Romney saying, “Bonjour, je m’appelle Mitt Romney” at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT, with French accordion music playing in the background. Titled The French Connection, it paints the presidential hopeful as a moderate, criticizing his stance on issues like abortion, taxes and health care while drawing comparisons between Romney and Democrat John Kerry, who has also been known to speak French.
If you are a fake news junkie, you should be able to appreciate the days when the real headlines sound less serious than the satirical ones. But if that’s the best campaign ad the Internet has for us today, I’m going to be reading about Stephen Colbert, too – at least he’s trying to be funny.