Stephen Colbert has launched a Twitter campaign to get South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint him to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who announced he was quitting Thursday. And the problem is not that Colbert isn’t qualified. It’s that he’s too qualified.
“Let’s see, you need someone young, someone conservative, someone from South Carolina, maybe someone who had a super PAC?” Colbert said on The Colbert Report Thursday night, as his left hand tried to smother his right. Sure. But let’s be real. What you need to be a senator these days is the ability to “say words good on the TV.” Colbert says words too good. Instead of displaying talking points-style discipline during interviews, he engages in spontaneous riffing. Worse, Colbert has a skill set that is way to broad for the Senate.