OK, I hate to be a party-pooper, but —- I can’t resist.
So, I’m just going to come right out and say it: I don’t think the whole gimmick about Stephen Colbert’s running for president is funny – and I think the media should just stop talking about it.
I mean, seriously. Why was he on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday? Why’s he been on “Meet the Press.”
Come on! He’s a comedian. He’s not a candidate, and he never will be. He’s not running for president. He’s just trying to make fun of the political process – and that’s fine. It deserves poking fun at. But for political reporters to treat it as any more than a sort-of funny joke is ridiculous.
And, besides, in this political year, if you want political humor – you don’t have to tune in to stand-up comics. In fact, no matter who they are – Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, or Stephen Colbert – they can’t compete with the real thing.
Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum: they are funnier than any comedian.
But how sad – for American politics.
That’s my parting shot for today.