If you’re not paying attention to what Stephen Colbert is up to these days, you should fix that. You may recall that he formed a SuperPAC called “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow” a little while back. The PAC was also known as “Colbert SuperPAC” – however, Colbert recently transferred control of ABTT to Jon Stewart so that he could form an exploratory committee for president in South Carolina, and consequently the group is now known as the “Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert SuperPAC.” As a result of all of this, there are three things you should do.
First, watch the SuperPAC’s anti-Romney ad, which is running in South Carolina.
Next, watch Colbert being interviewed this morning on ABC’s This Week.
Bonus video: the piece on the SuperPAC’s “issue ad,” featuring Buddy Roemer and Colbert riding a unicorn.
What to make of all this? First, it’s fascinating to watch “serious” journalists like Stephanopoulos try to figure out how to handle Colbert. Second, I think Colbert is doing a real service by taking the absurdities of campaign finance laws and Citizens United to their logical conclusion. It’s hard to say what, if any, effect it all will have, but if it helps people start to question whether things like “corporations are people” and “money equals speech” really make sense, that’s a big achievement that nobody else seems to have yet managed. Third, it’s really funny, and everyone can use a good laugh.