Stephen Colbert is exploring the possibility of running for the presidency of the United States of South Carolina, and he has the poll ratings to take him all the way.
If only he made the ballot.
In what Joe Scarborough called "absolutely disturbing" but true, Colbert outranks the established GOP presidential candidates in a national Public Policy Polling on favorable opinion, launching his "candidacy" nationwide.
Colbert shared details of his exploratory committee on "Morning Joe" Friday, where Scarborough upped the ante on the legitimacy of Colbert's campaign, daring him to get his name on the California primary ballot.
"Joe, I'm still exploring," Colbert said. "I can't make any commitments yet. Be patient Joe--I know you hunger for my candidacy."
In light of Thursday night's GOP presidential debate in which Newt Gingrich shattered gossip on his ex-wife, the Morning Joe panel grilled Colbert on his policy position on open marriages (he's all for it!), and how he felt men should bring up the subject with their spouses.
"Honey, I'd like to bang someone new," Colbert offered as a suggestion. "Here's the thing that I don't think Newt Gingrich gets credit for... he was enough of a gentleman to ask permission first. That's a Southern gentleman."
Before announcing his candidacy, Colbert's Comedy Central counterpart Jon Stewart took over his much-publicized Super PAC, formerly known as Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, and changed it to The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC.
To prove he was "definitely not coordinating" with the Super PAC, Colbert continued spoofing the loopholes or "loopchasms" around PACs, satirizing the how Citizens United is hurting the electoral process.
He explained to the Morning Joe crew that his former Super PAC staff now work for Stewart in the same building alongside his own campaign staff, but since the two separate staffs cover their ears and don't talk to one another, it's "legal."
Colbert, a South Carolina native, is now teaming up with the formerly defunct presidential campaign of Herman Cain, using the former Godfathers Pizza CEO as his "vessel" to the White House.
Later this afternoon, Colbert and Cain will be co-hosting the event "THE ROCK ME LIKE A HERMAN CAIN: SOUTH CAIN-OLINA PRIMARY RALLY" where the Morning Joe team will be awaiting their highly anticipated announcement.
And though legally Colbert said he is unable to make the ballot for the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Herman Cain can, and a vote for Herman Cain is a vote for Stephen Colbert, says the fake-news host.
“He’s an outsider," says Colbert. "How much more an outsider can he be? He's not even running!”
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