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Stephen Colbert Indepedence, John Edwards Ambulance Chase

by | 2nd, November 2007

FIRST he dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination. Yesterday he was rejected by the Democrats. Could Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert be forced to run as an independent candidate for President?

Colbert’s bid for the Democratic nomination was rejected by a 13-3 vote among South Carolina Democratic Party executive council members yesterday.

Carol Fowler, chairwoman of the state party, told the New York Times that Colbert did not meet two basic requirements: that the person be generally acknowledged or recognized by the media as a viable nationwide candidate; and be actively campaigning for the South Carolina primary.

Colbert declined not to run on the Republican ticket because the filing fee is $35,000. His Democratic filing fee, of $2,500, will be returned.

Ahead of the vote, one executive council member said Colbert, who is only running in South Carolina, would get on the ballot “over my dead body.” In the end, it didn’t come to that.

If truthiness be told, the council members were both fearful that Colbert was making a mockery of the electoral system and, according to, already alligned with other candidates.

If Colbert wants to get on the ballot in South Carolina now, he’ll have to raise 10,000 signatures as an independent.

Meanwhile, John Edwards latest campaign video, playing on his wife’s cancer scare, has not gone down well with at least one right-leaning newspaper.

Charles Hurt, of The New York Post, writes today that after a lifetime of chasing ambulances, the former personal injury lawyer is “clearly comfortable campaigning out of the back of one.” Ouch.

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