Friday, January 13, 2012

The Colbert Super PAC

I don't sling politics on this blog because (a) I have no particular insight into them and (b) I have no desire to offend people who disagree with me politically, as many of my friends do.  But what Stephen Colbert is doing with his Super PAC has nothing to do with Right and Left partisan politics.  He's addressing a problem that makes people on both sides of the aisle unhappy -- the distorting influence of money on our system.

When I was an undergrad in William and Mary, a Republican member of the House came to speak and was generously honest about what being in public service was like.  One extraordinary thing he said was that he envied Teddy Kennedy because he had "a constituency of voters" -- i.e., he got enough contributions from regular voters that he didn't have to go the special interests, hat in hand.

This guy struck me as a pretty good Joe.  It seemed a pity that he had to go shopping around for sponsors whose causes were close enough to his honest beliefs that he wouldn't feel too unclean at the end of the day.  So I couldn't help thinking of him when Colbert started this campaign.

And you have to admit the Colbert Super PAC is producing some pretty funny commercials.

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Jef Powers said...

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
--Will Rogers

David Stone said...

What on earth (?) is Colbert getting up to in Narnia?