Shortly after Jim DeMint announced his intention to abandon his Senate seat to head the Heritage Foundation, a grassroots campaign started on Twitter to have comedian Stephen Colbert appointed to the position. Colbert did his part to stir the pot even further on his television show hours later.
"I'm not gonna sit here and say I should be South Carolina's next senator," he said during The Colbert Report Thursday night. "Not when so many other people are saying it for me." Colbert was referring to numerous media reports on the mere suggestion that Governor Nikki Haley would consider him to be the Palmetto State's junior senator.
"I want you to take to the Twitters," said Colbert "I want you to tweet @nikkihaley why she should appoint me to the U.S. Senate with the hashtag #SenatorColbert." That effort had already started shortly after the news of DeMint's resignation spread.
Haley responded to Colbert on Friday morning.
"The Colbert ReportStephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat andfor the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me," wrote the governor on Facebook. "But you forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake."
The Twitter account @ColbertforSC appeared online several hours before the show even aired.
"Reporting for duty, South Carolina!" read the first tweet from the account.
What about his platforms as a potential Senator?
"I will be laying out my 9 point plan for bear self-deportation shortly," said one of the tweets. "In the meantime, kick a bear because Freedom."
And the fiscal cliff?
"Wouldn't it be better if we all just called this thing Fiskel, Cliff? I mean, Cliff Fiskel is just, ya know, a dude. Not scary at all," said another tweet.
It is not confirmed if Colbert or his writers are behind the new campaign. However, Colbert has jokingly flirted in the past with the idea of running for President of the United States as well as "President of South Carolina".
We asked Colbert's media spokesperson for a statement, and she said, "Stephen dishonored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to Governor Haley's call."
Haley has not responded to questions about Colbert's chances.
Colbert, who was born and raised in South Carolina, has hosted The Colbert Report since 2005.
Minutes after Sen. Jim DeMint announced he was abandoning his seat for a chance to run the Heritage Foundation, names of possible successors started swirling on political websites and social media. More >>
Minutes after Senator Jim DeMint announced he was abandoning his seat for a chance to run the Heritage Foundation, names of possible successors started swirling on political websites and social media. Here's our somewhat serious take on who Nikki Haley might choose.More >>