I suppose it was inevitable. Just about everyone who follows
politics knows by now about late night comic Stephen Colbert's one state run for president, launched last week. Well today, the inevitable, as reported
by The Washington Post's Chris
Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican
polling firm, recently completed a national poll of 1,000 likely 2008 voters
that included Colbert's name in both the GOP and Democratic primaries. (He has
announced his plans to run in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.) In
the field from Oct. 18-21, the survey has a 5 percent margin of error.
In the Democratic primary, Colbert takes 2.3
percent of the vote -- good for fifth place behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
(40 percent), Sen. Barack Obama (19 percent), former Sen. John Edwards (12
percent) and Sen. Joe Biden (2.7 percent. Colbert finished ahead of Gov. Bill
Richardson (2.1 percent), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (2.1 percent) and former Sen.
Mike Gravel (less than 1 percent).
He was less lucky in the Republican
field, where he took less than 1 percent of the vote behind even longshot
candidates like Reps. Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul. Former New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani led the Republican field with 29 percent, followed by former Gov.
Mitt Romney at 12 percent, former Sen. Fred Thompson (11 percent) and Sen. John
McCain (10 percent).
See the Cillizza item for a quote from POS partner Neil
Newhouse and decide for yourself if Newhouse is any more serious about the Colbert
candidacy than Colbert.
After struggling to find some meaningful lesson in all of
this, I simply give you Colbert's estimable mentor Jon Stewart, who made the following
observation about Vice President Dick Cheney's 18% job approval rating last
The 18 percent thing is you really
have to think of this in -- let's look at this just purely statistically. Four
out of five dentists surveyed recommend sugarless gum for their patients who
chew gum. So, there is one out of five dentists who say "You chew gum? Ah,
why not put sugar in it?"
These are not the best dentists, OK that's 20 percent. He's not even getting
all the dentists who recommend sugared gum. That's low. I think Dracula has a
higher Q rating right now than the vice president.
So there you have it. Or something.