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Thwarting the Will of the People

November 1st, 2007 · 1 Comment

Am I alone in suspecting that one serious consideration behind the decision to keep Stephen Colbert off the South Carolina Democratic primary ballot was that he might well win it? Or, at the very least, beat many of the “serious” candidates? After all, that’s the only way adding him to the ballot would help him “make a mockery” of the process, as SC Dems fear. But is the concern that it would transform an event meant to reveal some sort of deep popular will into a symbolic parade of whims driven by media star power? Or, rather, that it might make us wonder which of those two descriptions is already the more apt?

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  • 1 Dave Schoonover // Nov 2, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Perhaps there’s a small amount of concern that his candidacy could reveal the depth of discontent with normal politics. But I can’t imagine the $20k fee that the state party must pay to the state election commission to put him on the ballot has nothing to do with it.

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