Most favored son status?

John Edwards is taking Stephen Colbert's candidacy seriously — or not so seriously.

On Sunday, The State newspaper in South Carolina compared the two candidates on the issues, their connections to South Carolina and even hair. (Edwards was "naturally fluffy;" Colbert's "very stiff.")

It quoted Colbert, who was raised in Charleston, saying he'd like to get a corporate endorsement from "some sort of salty snack" and claiming he is the true native son.

"John Edwards left South Carolina when he was 1 year old. He had his chance," Colbert said. "Saying his parents moved him — that’s the easy answer." 

Edwards' campaign spokesman, Eric Schultz, responded, tongue in cheek, that Edwards was born in South Carolina, learned to walk there and "will kick Stephen Colbert's New York City butt."

"Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he's participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert's hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the snack food special interests."


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Re: Most favored son status?

Long before Robin Williams appeared in a film of similar prognostication, and in line with our having elected the first former Actor president, former Screen Actors Guild president Ronald Reagan, I predicted we'd inevitably elect a stand-up comedian to be president one day.

If perception is reality, than Fame equals Credibility, and "Entertainment," in an Age where there is no longer any scarcity of "Information," is the new "coin of the rhelm."

Colbert may have stumbled on the Grail sought since the voting age was dropped during the Nixon Administration... a way to get young people to exercise the franchise. All for naught, of course, which validates the what has long been the fained indifference of proto-adults.

Whether it is an ingenious stretch of a one-line joke, consider what will spin the heads of pundits around spewing green soup faster than if Colbert comes in second in the South Carolina primary.

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