Watch Stephen Colbert's Campaign Message to Iowans

The political satirist urges them to write-in "Rick Parry" during the Ames Straw Poll



Tonight in Iowa, television viewers will see the above advertisement from a SuperPAC urging them to write in a particular candidate during the Ames Straw Poll. The lucky pol? Texas Governor Rick Perry -- although technically, the ad urges Iowans to write in the name "Rick Parry."

Is this some sort of joke?

Well, yes.

It's the work of Stephen Colbert, who earlier this year got approval to form a SuperPAC, which allows him to raise unlimited money to influence Election 2012. Here's an excerpt from his press release:

 "I called dibs on Rick Parry a long time ago," said Stephen Colbert, President and Assistant Equipment Manager for Colbert Super PAC. "I recognized that he's got the tough talk, the cowboy boots, and the history-of-shooting-coyotes-during-morning-jogs that our country needs. So if anybody is going to be taking unlimited donations and then not be coordinating with his campaign, it's going to be not us. So to prove we're truly uncoordinated, we're asking voters to write in Parry with an A - as in America, IowA, or PresidAnt. You can feel confident he's not asking us to do that."

If there's any part of the political process that's especially deserving of mockery, it's televised campaign commercials. If Colbert's satire causes more American voters to take them less seriously, it'll be a significant civic contribution.


Presented by

Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Politics

Just In