Comedian Stephen Colbert, after having been rejected by the South Carolina Democratic machine, has decided to let us all off the hook and drop his presidential campaign, he said today in a statement.
"I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot. Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history — only 10 votes — I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal."
Wow, we really thought we'd have to go through a lot more awkward televised interviews and tortured analysis before we saw the end of this. But Colbert, in his typically unabashed way, decided to take this opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: "I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping," he said, supplying a final, strong period to this entire spectacle. Also, you know, giving himself an obvious out for the duration of the writers strike.