Things that make me angry include: people telling Stephen Colbert he cannot enter the South Carolina primary.
Yes, Colbert went ahead on his "presidential campaign." Yes, it's probably all a big joke. But the man filled out all the paperwork, he got all of the required signatures, and he paid the filing fee. And then the South Carolina Democratic primary committee voted 13-3 that he would not be allowed on their ballot.
Huh? They can do that?!?
So what's to stop them from denying any candidate? On any basis they choose? Near as I can tell, they didn't have to give a specific reason for denying Colbert. So if they didn't like a candidate because of their race, they could probably deny them too, so long as they didn't say they were doing it because of race.
If a person fulfills all of the requirements to be entered into a primary then they should be allowed to enter the primary! Period. No committee should be able to out-vote the process. Especially when it is a supposedly democratic process. The candidate has to get a ton of signatures, and polls certainly reflect significant support for Colbert. By saying Colbert can't enter the primary these committee members are essentially saying "your motivation for choosing a candidate should not be the fact that that candidate/candidacy is humorous." Who the heck do these people think they are, that they can dictate what constitutes proper vote motivation ("votivation"?)?
It's horrible. Our primary system is horribly broken. We've known it for a long time, but Colbert's joke revealed the system for the joke it is.
At least he'll get his $2,500 filing fee back.
Oh, and this is telling (and hilarious) too: the Democratic filing fee was $2,500. The Republican filing fee was $35,000.
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