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February 12, 2016

South Carolina for Stephen Colbert?

Immediately following Sen. Jim DeMint’s announcement that he would be ditching the Senate to lead the Heritage Foundation, tweeters everywhere began playing their new favorite game: How many ways can we start rumors about Stephen Colbert being appointed to South Carolina’s Senate seat?

The truth is, it might not be the craziest idea ever.

If you’re reading, South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley, here are four reasons HOH has come up with to make you more comfortable in assessing Colbert.

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Colbert poses with himself during the unveiling of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Washington. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

1. There’s a precedent for funny men in the Senate.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who rose to fame as a head writer and actor on Saturday Night Live, was famously elected to the Senate four years ago. Like Colbert, the junior senator from Minnesota was also a correspondent on a fake news show. In Franken’s case, it was SNL’s Weekend Update with Dennis Miller. Colbert cut his teeth on the Daily Show before starting the Colbert Report. Watch Franken explain President Ronald Reagan’s prostate surgery to Dennis Miller.

2. Colbert has a super PAC and fundraising chops.

Colbert already has a super PAC, or at least he did until the untimely passing of his friend and advisor, Ham Rove. Still, once a fundraiser, always a fundraiser! We are confident Colbert will get his coffers filled in no time.

Colbert has name recognition and people who believe in his message (even if they don’t completely get his message), and he has a strong ability to raise money for no reason whatever. These are the top three characteristics of a successful politician.

3. Colbert knows Congress.

As part of his mission to bring accountability and transparency to Congress, Colbert launched a segment called “Better Know a District.” He has an easy rapport with members and is able to convince them of almost anything, including a little leg wrestling. If he can do that, imagine what he can do about a little vote whipping.

4. Colbert has social media momentum.

South Carolina for Colbert has already begun! As the wiseman said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a simple step … or in this case, the journey to a South Carolina Senate seat begins with a single tweet from a parody account.

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    Colbert currently has a higher-paying job that is much more fun, provides greater fame and allows him to speak more freely than any Senator could do. Even if this was a serious possibility, he would not take it seriously.

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