For those of you who are not Stephen Colbert fans, you are missing an amazing story: he is pulling off one of the best parodies of all that is wrong with our political system today. More than just talking to his viewers every night, he has hired lawyers, created a Super PAC and is openly mocking the system by demonstrating exactly how much one can get away with. I can’t remember any example of the media taking the joke as far as he’s taking it and it is at once fascinating, hillarious and scary.
I strongly recommend you read the letter he just posted here (there’s no permalink that I can find so hopefully this will stay live on the home page for awhile). In essence, Colbert is doing everything Karl Rove is doing by way of pointing out the ridiculousness of what is allowed in today’s system. Here’s one choice section:
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow agrees that "fully coordinated" ads shouldn't be counted as "coordinated communications." The candidate would merely be appearing as a paid spokesperson, who, coincidentally, is closely aligned with the candidate that he or she also is.
For example, an ad in which the Kool Aid man decries our nation-wide childhood thirst problem would not necessarily be an ad for Kool Aid brand juice drink. That being said, would a tall glass of Kool-Aid solve that thirst problem? To quote one expert: "Oh, yeaaahhhh!"
There’s some real funny and yet serious shit happening here. I’ve been both amazed and horrified watching it. If you’re missing the story, please trust me... it’s worth following.