Tuesday, October 30, 2007

1.2 Million Refrigerator Boxes for Stephen Colbert

In my last post, I talked about comedian Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report's run for the Presidency. The big news over the weekend was that his Facebook group, 1,000,000 Strong For Stephen T Colbert, actually reached a million members (one of which is me) - a feat no serious Presidential candidate has been able to achieve, as I noticed here.

Colbert commented on this, saying, "it took only 8 days for my group to triple the 400,000 members in Obama's group, and and only 8 seconds to triple the number of members in Gravel's group, One Refrigerator Box for Mike Gravel."

This New York Times article quotes a Facebook spokeswoman who says that Colbert's group was so popular it overloaded Facebook's servers for a brief period. The article's author, Brian Stelter, remarks that this is "the kind of grassroots support that the established candidates can only dream of."

And, speaking as a member of Colbert's "one million strong" group but no others, Stephen Colbert is the type of candidate us Facebookers can only dream of.


theproprietor said...

I'm afraid the polish is about to come off Stephen Colbert's political "apple" due to this disturbing news:

Only days after announcing his intention to run for president of the United States, Stephen Colbert seems to be in hot water. According to staffers working inside the fledgling campaign who spoke with Bob McCarty Writes™ on condition of anonymity, the host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report is being investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Colbert is alleged to have secretly hired hundreds of illegal immigrants from Mexico to make so-called "get out the vote" phone calls to likely voters in South Carolina -- the only state where he plans to campaign as both a Democrat and Republican candidate. In exchange for working up to 20 hours a day in the sweatshop-like conditions of a suburban Charleston call center, sources said the White House wannabe is paying his "south of the border" staffers with bags of Doritos® Brand Tortilla Chips, the corporate sponsor of his presidential campaign effort.

Attempts to reach Colbert or a representative of his campaign through a post on his web site's message board have, to this point, been unsuccessful.

Amanda said...

These are disturbing allegations indeed, especially about the Doritos. Perhaps this is why the Democrats won't let him onto the ballot.