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Stephen Colbert Mathematically Proved To Influence American Politics

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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51 comments

  1. nbawriter

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

  2. SayItWithWookies

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

  3. Not_So_Much

    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…

  4. nbawriter

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

  5. Studge

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

  6. mr.november

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

  7. BadNewsJack

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

  8. sanantonerose

    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.

  9. CorkPopper

    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.

  10. lilblackcorvette

    [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….)

  11. Doglessliberal

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

  12. Urbanachiever

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

  13. Not_So_Much

    [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?

  14. JadedDIssonance

    [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.

  15. Cape Clod

    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.

  16. rev_matt_y

    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.

  17. shortsshortsshorts

    HEY EVERYBODY LET ME TELL YOU ALL ABOUT WHAT I WATCH ON TELEVISION BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT I WATCH AND WHAT I DO NOT WATCH.

  18. celticagent

    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.

  19. lilblackcorvette

    [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.

  20. shortsshortsshorts

    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.

  21. sati demise

    [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.

  22. shortsshortsshorts

    [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.

  23. CivicHoliday

    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?

  24. lilblackcorvette

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

  25. V572625694

    [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.”

  26. shortsshortsshorts

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

  27. lilblackcorvette

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

    any way the wind bloooowssssss…….

  28. V572625694

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

  29. itgetter

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

  30. V572625694

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

  31. bearbait

    [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…

  32. sanantonerose

    [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.

  33. GayInMaine

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

  34. thefrontpage

    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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