Stephen Colbert loves the political spotlight. Bowing to pressure from fans, the Comedy Central funnyman officially declared his candidacy for the presidency in October 2007. At first promising to appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots in South Carolina, his home state, he changed his plans after discovering the $35,000 fee to appear on the Republican ballot. His application to appear on the Democratic ballot met an official smackdown from the South Carolina Democratic Party executive council, ending his run for president almost as soon as it began.
Mr. Colbert, who famously got a crew cut in Iraq while performing for US soldiers in 2009, again flirted with official Washington last week, when he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to testify on the plight of migrant workers. House majority leader Steny Hoyer wasn't amused at the ruse, calling Colbert's appearance "not appropriate."
Colbert and Comedy Central buddy Jon Stewart are making more political machinations next month, with competing events on Washington's National Mall: Mr. Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" will battle Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive."