Mr. Colbert, you know as well as I do that trashing Detroit is nothing new. And now it seems that you're hooked on the sweet, sweet nectar of a cheap, dirty laugh. I warn you, though: This will be your undoing.
If you think that Colbert is just a guy doing a shtick as a bloviating pundit on Comedy Central, then it makes sense to question why he would be the subject of study.
Stephen Colbert's presidential run was meant to be a joke, but his Super PAC has brought in some serious dough. Along with fellow Comedy Central star Jon Stewart, he has successfully made a mockery of presidential campaign laws.
To the extent that money is heavily influencing campaigns, democracy takes a hit. We need a solution that does not depend on new laws or the Supreme Court. Fortunately, such a solution is available: voting.
Why does our species take delight in seeing our gods tumble? When it comes to Romney -- or Gingrich who, let's not forget, is a multimillionaire thanks to influence peddling with Freddie Mac et al -- it's the shameless hypocrisy.
Stripped of specific details, the political beginnings of Ronald Reagan and Stephen Colbert are remarkably interchangeable.