AMERICA IS SAVED  10:43 am August 13, 2008

Stephen Colbert Mathematically Proved To Influence American Politics

by Sara K. Smith

The Great InfluencerDemocratic politicians appearing on the comedy teevee show The Colbert Report got an average 40 percent bump in contributions in the month following their visit, while Republican politicians got an average of nothing. This just goes to prove that Republicans do not watch The Colbert Report, or if they do, they end up contributing to Democratic politicians. Read a PDF of the research report here. [American Political Science Association]

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Obamaton August 13, 2008 at 10:49 am

I was offered a chance to “ride the Colbert Bump” and I am still sore and still unpopular.

HandsomePete August 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

It also proves that Republicans are old and cannot stay awake past the 6 o’clock news.

nbawriter August 13, 2008 at 10:55 am

It’s OK … Republican CEOs took the 40 percent out of workers’ assholes over the last eight years.

AngryBlakGuy August 13, 2008 at 10:57 am

…is there a FAUX news contributions bump?

SayItWithWookies August 13, 2008 at 10:58 am

It also proves that Republicans do not understand irony. Although listening to AM radio for fifteen minutes should prove that decisively too.

tsunami August 13, 2008 at 10:58 am

he’s still not funny.

Not_So_Much August 13, 2008 at 11:06 am

He’s humorous in small doses. But I can’t watch it all the time.

A crazy winger friend watch him and laugh — but I’m not sure they know he isn’t serious. Which still works for me…

nbawriter August 13, 2008 at 11:09 am

I think he’s freakin’ hilarious … even if he didn’t laugh at my “finger-bang” comment when I was in the audience.

bup August 13, 2008 at 11:13 am

If Republicans don’t like him, it’s just more Doritos for the rest of us.

Studge August 13, 2008 at 11:21 am

[re=58466]tsunami[/re]: Um, are you trying to be funny yourself, in Colbertian, ironic fashion? Dude, srsly?

Urbanachiever August 13, 2008 at 11:29 am

Yes, but is the Colbert Bump as powerful as the Terrorist Fist Bump?

mr.november August 13, 2008 at 11:36 am

I suspect he will give a tip of the hat to himself. While tiping said hat, he’ll collect his fair share.

mschafer13 August 13, 2008 at 11:40 am

“It’s science”.

You can’t argue with that!

BadNewsJack August 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

[re=58496]Urbanachiever[/re]: the Colbert bump is so powerful, I think I’m pregnant with his child.

sanantonerose August 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

I stopped watching Colbert only because I started reading Wonkette and the shit you people come up with is WAAAY funnier than Colbert. Plus I could see his jokes coming from a mile away. And when you take away the element of surprise, well, it’s just like married sex — gets boring after awhile. But I still find him to be both delightful and shiny.

CorkPopper August 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

I’d ride that bump any time. Sans glasses and tie, he’s hawt. And ever since the Press Club dinner, he’s my hero.

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 11:46 am

[re=58510]sanantonerose[/re]: [re=58466]tsunami[/re]: not one bit. he”s like.. awkward, timing’s off. unable to read his cue cards. I think Jon Stewart rocks! ( a little too gratuitous with the fucking profanity tho….)

Doglessliberal August 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

[re=58513]lilblackcorvette[/re]: Bill Maher is the best. Stewart is funny, but still a bit slick and produced.

Urbanachiever August 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

[re=58509]BadNewsJack[/re]: Awesome! I’m actually expecting, and now I have a new nickname for my unborn child!

Not_So_Much August 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

[re=58514]Doglessliberal[/re]: Both are wonderful. But I lean towards Stewart both for his “Senior” correspondents and because I get a little tired of how much Maher idolizes himself. I get it — he’s really smart and rich and bang hot chicks. But the diatribes are way better when they’re just his opinion and not about him.

The TDS bits about their “Best Fucking Political Team in the Fucking Universe” were awesome. Rob Riggle, the ‘Alpha Reporter’, has brain nutz. How can you not love that?

thefrontpage August 13, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Who is Steven Colbert? What does he do? Is he on the radio?

JadedDIssonance August 13, 2008 at 12:08 pm

[re=58511]CorkPopper[/re]: I agree, the press club dinner was pure genius. I can’t believe they let him speak. Absolutely the best satire (with the best audience) I’ve ever witnessed delivered live.

itgetter August 13, 2008 at 12:09 pm

[re=58522]thefrontpage[/re]: He’s on the telegraph.

Cape Clod August 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Colbert owns my lifetime devotion for destroying the White House Correspondents dinner. While his shows are always filled with top shelf material, he’s always entertaining and his guests are often very off beat choices.

rev_matt_y August 13, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I primarily watch Colbert for The Word and the interviews, and Stewart for intro and the interviews. I ffwd through the rest of both shows. Maher I watch the whole thing.

BadNewsJack August 13, 2008 at 12:22 pm

[re=58519]Urbanachiever[/re]: I shall name him Jesus.

shortsshortsshorts August 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm


celticagent August 13, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I think he’s lame. I can’t watch the show. I gave it the old college try, though

I’ve been a huge Stewart fan for many years…didn’t like Colbert when he worked with Jon either.

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm

[re=58542]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: you are such a sour grapes. But i really would like to know how these guys got those cushy jobs. I think most of us can be smart asses without the help of writers.

shortsshortsshorts August 13, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I have many thoughts on the subject, because it is very thought provoking. Listen to my thoughts. I think something. I also think something else, but I am not funny at all, and I am more of a troll shitting these thoughts all over you. I do not believe that snark should exist. Rather, I wish to destroy funny with opinions about an entertainer.

sati demise August 13, 2008 at 12:32 pm

[re=58528]JadedDIssonance[/re]: agreed. The press club dinner of Colbert was awesome. astonishing, superlative, incredible. A peak comic performance for the 21st century. And my highlight of the whole Bush years.

BadNewsJack August 13, 2008 at 12:33 pm

[re=58540]BadNewsJack[/re]: …..The son of Men

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 12:35 pm

[re=58549]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: …missing AngryBlakGuy again, hmmmmm???

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm

are you being ironical?

shortsshortsshorts August 13, 2008 at 12:38 pm

[re=58559]lilblackcorvette[/re]: I hope he’s around somewhere… but it’s more like “yes I respect and love what most of you peoplez say but I don’t really give a shit about whether or not you watch Colbert.” Apologies will be accepted.

CivicHoliday August 13, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Colbert has grown on me over the years. I felt he struggled with his delivery for awhile, but has fallen into his role quite comfortably now. However, I am concerned about the fact that Edwards appeared on his show asking for a Jet Ski. Was this in some way related to his innappropriate sexual dalliances? Does the Colbert bump occasionally mis-fire and end up getting married men into trouble?

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

[re=58549]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: you are obviously not in the “elite demographic” of DavidBrooksies who simply must watch these “comedytaters” before youform an opinion.

V572625694 August 13, 2008 at 12:45 pm

[re=58511]CorkPopper[/re]: Colbert’s little address to the National Press Club was just wonderful. Here’s a quote:

“Here’s how it works: the president makes decisions. He’s the Decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ‘em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know – fiction!”

And every reporter in the room knew Colbert had nailed them. That’s why they said it was “inappropriate,” which for most people means “not in my interest.”

itgetter August 13, 2008 at 12:49 pm

[re=58563]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Well, I think your last few comments have been a laugh riot.

shortsshortsshorts August 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm

[re=58571]itgetter[/re]: With the exception of V572625694, there is no funny here other then the post itself. Comment FAIL.

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 12:57 pm

[re=58563]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Nothing really matters
Anyone can see..
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters
To Me……..

any way the wind bloooowssssss…….

V572625694 August 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

[re=58573]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: “With the exception of V572625694…” And I stole it from Colbert!

itgetter August 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

[re=58573]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Didja ever think that maybe I was being sincere, mister? Hmmm?

lilblackcorvette August 13, 2008 at 1:03 pm

[re=58577]V572625694[/re]: are you an AngryBlakGuy?

V572625694 August 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

[re=58581]lilblackcorvette[/re]: Although I admire ABG’s trenchant (and funny!) comments, I’m merely a sedate white guy.

shortsshortsshorts August 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm

[re=58579]itgetter[/re]: My apologies. No whore diamonds for me.

bearbait August 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

[re=58448]HandsomePete[/re]: Hey! I’m a life-long Dem and I can’t stay awake through the 6:00 news. Of course, I start drinking right after lunch and by 6:00, well…

sanantonerose August 13, 2008 at 1:44 pm

[re=58514]Doglessliberal[/re]: I dunno. Bill Maher annoys the living piss outta me. I want to punch him in the throat.

The thing of it is, is that none of them can deliver a straight line. They smirk and they preen and they practically beg for applause.

sanantonerose August 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Lewis Black, on the other hand, still has it. Delivery is everything.

GayInMaine August 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Just goes to show that Political Scientists don’t understand politics and aren’t scientists.

thefrontpage August 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Sometimes my girlfriend and I get drunk and we watch marathons of “The Beverly Hillbillies” and we think it’s funny. Sometimes we watch golf for four hours straight. Sometimes we watch taped National Geographic and NOVA specials on PBS only on fast forward. And sometimes we watch bad horror movies on On-Demand, with the mute button on through the whole movie! Just thought folks would like to know!!!

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