Stephen Colbert announced last night that his Super PAC will start running ads in support of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday night in Iowa, just three days before Perry is expected to announce his presidential bid. Is he serious? On his show on Monday, he teased a very short clip of the spot — a shot of a cornfield and a narrator saying, "A storm is gathering over Iowa" — but said viewers would have to wait for the rest.
Of course the whole thing is a joke, but Colbert has insisted that his plans to run spots in caucus and primary states are real. "Brace yourself, folks," Colbert said.
The whole point of the Colbert SuperPAC has been to satirize political discourse and campaign spending, but it actually could have real influence in the race, in the same way that Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin only reinforced voter doubts about her in the 2008 campaign.
Colbert's PAC, officially called Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, received a favorable ruling from the Federal Election Commission last month. But it reported no contributions or expenditures in its first filing as of June 30.
Romney React: A report in Politico today quotes an unnamed senior campaign adviser to President Obama as saying that they are preparing to launch a ferocious political and personal assault on Mitt Romney, going negative in 2012 in contrast to a 2008 campaign that professed "hope." The story was somewhat vague as it said that the adviser was "aligned" with the campaign. Nevertheless, Romney's campaign reacted swiftly to the possibility that he'd be Swift Boated from the left.
"It is disgraceful that President Obama's campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to 'kill' his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks," Romney said in a statement. "President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama's billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change."
Today: Cenk Uygur and Janeane Garofalo are among the personalities joining an online forum on News Corp. and Fox News, as BraveNewFilms marks the anniversary of its documentary "Outfoxed." The event starts at 5 p.m. PT.