What the Daily Show and the Colbert Report have been doing of late with the whole Colbert Super PAC and Colbert’s quest to become president of the United States of South Carolina is some of the finest political satire you’re ever going to see. It’s like a hilarious version of Schoolhouse Rock for adults. They’re taking something incredibly complex — mind you, it’s intentionally incredibly complex so that the average person can’t wrap their brain around how dumb the laws governing super PACs and campaign finance are — and helping people see the absurdity within by being equally absurd.
Regarding how candidates are prohibited from “coordinating” with the super PACs that fund their campaign in almost total secrecy, Colbert explained on his show…
Evidently, non-coordinating just means I can’t help them or approve what they’re doing. But I can know in advance know what they’ve done. That’s not coordinating. That’s just … ordinating. Information can go one way but not the other. It’s like a one-way membrane. Basically, a money placenta. I give him nothing and Jon nourishes me in a warm amniotic bath of strategy and cash until I slide out all wet and electable. All true, All true. We checked. Jon and I don’t even need to be psychic.
So last night the pair took this coordinating/non-coordinating thing to another level, and it was as brilliant and funny as you’d expect it to be. Enjoy.