Late Night Open Thread: Rick Parry …. “A New Hope”

CNN Political Ticker:

It’s not a typo. Comedian Stephen Colbert wants America to vote for Rick Parry – that’s right, Parry with an “A.”

In the first released ad by his “super” political action committee, Colbert urged Iowa voters to write in “Rick Parry” at the Ames straw poll on Saturday, suggesting in a satiric nod that he’s throwing his weight behind Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas for president.

“I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago,” said Colbert, who dubs himself president and assistant equipment manager for his PAC, in a statement Wednesday.

The ad, “Episode IV: A New Hope,” is a play on the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows super PACs to receive and spend unlimited amounts of money, as long as they don’t coordinate with a particular candidate.

“So to prove we’re truly uncoordinated, we’re asking voters to write in Parry with an A – as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt,” Colbert said. “You can feel confident he’s not asking us to do that.”

Politico doesn’t see the humor in Colbert’s “antics.”

…the real issues with the voting might come from counting write-ins, which are being allowed for the first time this year.

Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert is openly trying to cause trouble, running television ads urging Iowans, “On August 13th write in Rick Parry — That’s Parry with an ‘A’ for America, with an ‘A’ for IowA.”

Jeff Winkler at the right wing Daily Caller blog is also *concerned.*

In two separate ads running since Thursday, the comedian urged straw poll voters to write in the fencing-inspired surname. Funny as the joke is, it could cause serious issues for Iowa officials as they count the ballots Saturday evening.

“We’re treating the straw poll as if it were any other election,” said Erin Rapp, Communications Director for the Iowa Secretary of State, the department overseeing straw poll write-in votes. “Basically, it’s up to the individual canvasser to determine the voter’s intent. You know, there could be variations of spelling in terms of name, but it’s really up to the official.”

You can watch the Colbert Super PAC’s other ad, which features “cheap cornography,” at Mother Jones.


14 Comments on “Late Night Open Thread: Rick Parry …. “A New Hope””

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Rick Perry is already in New Hampshire. And he kinda sounded like Obama.

    “It is time for Americans to believe again — to believe that the promise of our future is far greater than even the best days of our past,” said Perry in his first New Hampshire stop at the home of Deputy State House Speaker Pam Tucker in Greenland, N.H.

    I guess they all talk in cliches.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    • dakinikat says:

      Did Rick Perry Sink the Texas Economy? – Beat the Press – http://t.co/rShp7c8

      Over the years from 1987 to 2001, annual job growth in Texas averaged 2.8 percent. This is 0.8 percentage points higher than the growth rate for the economy as a whole. In the ten and a half years since Governor Perry took office job growth has averaged 0.2 percent annually, just 0.3 percentage points above the rate for the nation as a whole.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Terrible accident at the Indiana State Fair. Stage collapses from strong winds. Four killed, at least a dozen injured.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-indiana-fair-stage-collapse,0,6703576.story

  4. bostonboomer says:

    A neighbor has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the case of 3-year-old Missouri girl who went missing while riding her bike outside her house.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/08/13/missouri.missing.girl/

    Can we please send these pedophiles to that desert island now?

    • northwestrain says:

      Pedophiles don’t change — there are lots of desert islands. There are a chain of island east of Guam — a few have active volcanoes. I’d vote to send them there.

  5. northwestrain says:

    Rick Perry’s Army of God & A Wingnut and a prayer.

    http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/7022-a-wingnut-a-a-prayer