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The Colbert-Cain campaign: a ticket to ridicule Republicans

by | 21st, January 2012

THE day before the 21 January South Carolina Republican primary, comedian Stephen Colbert held a rally urging voters to elect Herman Cain.

The former Godfather pizza CEO quit the presidential race after a string of sexual harassment allegations, but his name remains on the South Carolina ballot. As it’s too late for Colbert to get on the ballot he told the 3,000-strong crowd to use Cain as a proxy. “I want you to vote for Herman Cain. Because Herman Cain is me”, the television comedian said.

The “Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally” at the College of Charleston was part of Colbert’s pseudo-run for president of “the United States of South Carolina”. Accompanied by a marching band, a cheerleader squad and a gospel choir, Colbert took to the stage singing “This Little Light of Mine” before introducing Cain as “the Mad Max of the flat tax” and “my brother from another mother”.

Colbert and Cain drew a bigger crowd than any of the real Republican candidates campaigning on Friday. Their rally took place just a day after Cain revealed that he was endorsing “we the people” in the 2012 race for the White House. When he dropped his bid in December last year, Cain promised he would not go away and he has stayed true to his word. Not only is he playing along with Colbert’s faux candidacy bid, he has also launched a “Solutions Revolution”, with a bus tour and website  to promote his controversial 9-9-9 tax plan. At the Colbert event, though, he was the willing laughing stock.

Though he sang the lyrics to the Pokemon theme song at the satirical rally (upstaging Barak Obama’s brief rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s

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