Monday, December 10, 2012

South Carolina has spoken, and they want Stephen Colbert to replace the outgoing Jim DeMint. Now THAT'S a change we can believe in!

Courtesy of Public Policy Polling:  

Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove. Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity. 

Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she's doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful. 

There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%. 

It's Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they'd like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.

I think that South Carolina would be well served with a Senator Colbert advocating for them, but personally I don't think that any state that would elect Jim DeMint twice to the Senate and Nikki Haley as their governor deserves our Stephen.

He is FAR too valuable to us as a faux conservative comedic pundit to waste him on South Carolina. 

In other words, South Carolina's loss is America's gain.


  1. Doesn't Colbert currently reside in the state of New Jersey? In order to serve South Carolina as a senator, he'd have to live in South Carolina; he'd have to be a current resident of the state.

    1. BabyRaptor5:46 PM

      That didn't stop the people over at c4p from screaming about Nikki putting Sarah up. If they can ignore rules for their delusions, we can ignore the rules for jokes.

  2. emrysa5:12 PM

    colbert rocks! I'd love to see him as senator, but I agree, that state doesn't deserve him.

  3. Sally in MI5:23 PM

    Mark Sanford? Are these people certifiable? Oh, right.

  4. Anonymous6:23 PM

    He and South Carolina deserve each other.

  5. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Herb Silverman, South Carolina Atheist, Nabs Richard Dawkins Endorsement For Senate

  6. Anonymous7:55 AM

    He's from Charleston. Once a Charlestonian, always a Charlestonian. And all of us in SC aren't like Demint and Haley. In fact, Obama has a higher approval rating than she does IN SOUTH CAROLINA. Just FYI. :)

  7. This is an amusing thing to contemplate, but Colbert doesn't live there any more. I don't think that "carpetbaggers" should be able to come in and take a political position like that. I'd rather that Democrats actively promote someone like Jim Clyburn or a state-level rising star than a comedian to potentially compete with whichever Republican Ms. Haley selects.


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