Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, he seems to be having a bit more fun with the talk show circuit.
Appearing on Bill Maher’s show Friday, Cain openly joked with the somewhat liberal-leaning Libertarian talk show host about his campaign and the lead up to election 2012. And a new commercial featuring Stephen Colbert as Herman Cain has been airing in South Carolina, as part of Colbert’s The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC promotional push. (Oh, sorry, Jon Stewart’s The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC.)
Stewart and Colbert have been having a bit of laugh with the whole Super PAC thing, giggling on the air last night as they didn’t coordinate with one another on how to move forward with the Super PAC, and then confirming with their lawyer that any fines incurred for coordinating could be paid… by funds raised through the Super PAC. And while many who benefit from the broad legislation that allows these organizations to essentially buy elections might find the satire dangerous, Herman Cain- who Colbert purports to be in the ads and urges South Carolinians to vote for Cain- thinks the whole thing is pretty funny.
Cain told Fox News:
“On Stephen Colbert’s endorsement of himself as Herman Cain, I find it very clever and humorous, as it should be… Anyone who finds what Mr. Colbert is doing offensive, should simply lighten up. To be perfectly clear, I will not be assuming Stephen Colbert’s identity. We are very different when it comes to the color of our… hair.”
The ads aren’t the only place Colbert and Cain are straight up chillaxing together- the unlikely pair will meet up again Friday for a segment of the Colbert Report. A spokeswoman for Cain says:
“Colbert’s people got in touch with us late last week and Mr. Cain will be taping a segment with Mr. Colbert on Friday in South Carolina. The endorsement of course comes as a pleasant surprise.”
On his show, Colbert explained to young voters in South Carolina that a vote for Herman Cain is a vote for Stephen Colbert, as Herman Cain. He said:
“Because Cain and I are so similar, I think that if this Saturday Herman Cain were to get a significant number of votes, that would be a sign that voters are hungry for a Stephen Colbert campaign. Anyone who shares my values can show it by voting for Herman Cain. Independents, Democrats, college kids, viewers of my show, people who attended my rally, my Twitter followers, my good friends on Reddit. Young people of the Internet, stand up and shout! Because you are legally eligible to go down to the polls and tell the world how much you love Herman Cain.”
Below is one of the many ads The Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC is airing in Colbert’s home state of South Carolina. Do you think Stewart and Colbert’s actions will illustrate how corrupt these laws are to a younger audience?