Comedy Central, the Viacom Inc. network that airs the show, stoked speculation about the fate of “The Colbert Report” when it issued a cryptic statement today cancelling the tapings of the show scheduled for the remainder of this week.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16,” network spokesman Steve Albani said in an emailed statement.
One month ago I took the brave step of endorsing a comedian for President, Stephen Colbert.
The nation took notice.
But Candidate Colbert was still something of a joke, specially because he had a hard time getting on the Republican ballot in South Carolina. He did get Herman Cain’s spot but that didn’t count for much.
But now…now something different has begun to take shape. The show did not go on last night. Instead a rerun aired. All production has ceased for the time being. No explanation has been given.
Obviously we hope that this is not because of a family or personal matter (in which case we send Mr. Colbert our thoughts and prayers).
No we hope that this abrupt stop in production is because our man Stephen has decided upon an independent run at the White House.
Who needs primaries, rigged caucuses, and all the rest. There’s no such thing as one-person-one-vote in our country. In several primaries your vote gets prorated based on the percentage of eligible voters who showed up to vote in the past. So if you live in a traditionally poor or minority community where voting has been light, your vote literally counts less than in some rich suburb where everyone has always gone to the polls. And if you happen not to have a driver’s license, even if you are American citizen in good standing, you are shit out of luck. Don’t get me started on the Electoral College, Al Gore, and the Supreme Court. Two Iraq wars later we are still paying the price for electing a President who didn’t win the popular vote.
Anyhow, what we need is a strong independent candidate for President. And that man is none other than Stephen Colbert.
Let’s all get our rosary beads out and pray that he is forming his campaign staff now.
UPDATE 4:45 Slate is reporting that production was in fact cancelled for a family emergency. We wish our man well, hope his family situation is resolved okay, and then turns his attention to the White House.