Dec. 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM ET
Senator Stephen Colbert anyone? Don't laugh -- it could happen.
All right, so it's not all that likely that the host of "The Colbert Report" will be chosen by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to replace exiting Senator Jim DeMint. But almost immediately on the heels of DeMint's announcement that he was leaving Congress to work for conservative think tank The Hedge Foundation came fan speculation that South Carolina native -- and a man who has (or had) a healthy Super PAC -- Colbert might be tapped by Haley to finish out his term.
And on Thursday night, Colbert spoke on his show in support of the notion. He noted that Haley is a "friend of the show," and showed a brief clip of her appearance on "Report."
"I know when I look at the U.S. Senate, I say to myself, 'You know what they could use? Another white guy,'" said Colbert, who fits that bill. He then exhorted his viewers to tweet Haley why he should be appointed to the senate, using the hashtag #StephenColbert.
Fans responded. "Can you imagine how much more enjoyable politics would be with #SenatorColbert in Washington?" asked Melanie Shoffner (@ProfShoff). "I would move to South Carolina if it would allow me to vote @StephenAtHome into office," wrote Rene LeClair (@rpleclair). And the potential appointee himself noted in a Tweet: "I wouldn't just block legislation, I'd body-check it!"
"Stephen is honored by the groundswell of support from the Palmetto State and looks forward to Gov. Haley's call," Colbert's publicist said in a statement.
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