Stephen Colbert Draws 10 Times More People Than Mitt Romney Does

Things are getting so bad for Mitt Romney that Stephen Colbert outdrew him ten fold when they both held rallies in South Carolina.

Despite his claims of having momentum in the state, numerous media outlets are reporting that enthusiasm for Mitt Romney in South Carolina is so low that the campaign is having to bus out of state Mormon students in to attend his rallies.

BuzzFeed reported, “But this wasn’t a grassroots youth movement rooted at the University of South Carolina. No, many of the students cheering on the candidate told BuzzFeed they were actually BYU students and young Mormons from D.C. and Virginia who traveled to the Palmetto State to give their coreligionist’s presidential effort a much-needed jolt of energy.” Romney’s campaign tried to deny that they bused the students in, but The Boston Globe also reported that the campaign bused in 70 students from a tiny Mormon college in Virginia to try to pump some life into the campaign.

While Mitt Romney was busing out of state crowds into his sparsely attended events, Stephen Colbert was doing this at the College of Charleston:

Stephen Colbert broke the rally attendance record at the College Of Charleston set by Barack Obama in 2008. Colbert was the hometown son at the rally, so he was going to be popular no matter what, but the contrast between the enthusiasm that Colbert generates compared to the candidate that many in the GOP want to put up against President Obama should be jarring to the Republican establishment.

Mitt Romney isn’t just killing voter enthusiasm. The prospect of voting for such an unappealing nominee may even be depressing Republicans who had to hold their noses and vote for John McCain in 2008. Colbert’s rally is being blamed in Republican circles for Mitt Romney’s poor turnout, and the fact that dozens showed up instead of the 2,000 that were expected at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Even worse the SRLC leadership seems to be under the delusion that Stephen Colbert is a Republican. Ed McMullen, the board chairman of the SRLC event said, “We couldn’t control that Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain, some of the most popular guys in the Republican Party, are in the middle of this thing.” Unless Mr. McMullen was referring to Herman Cain, who was so “popular” that he had to drop out of the race before Iowa, it would appear that he thinks that a fictional character is a force within the Republican Party.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are late night television rock stars. It is not surprising that a comedian with millions loyal fans can draw a large crowd. What is surprising is that the Republican frontrunner can’t put butts in seats in a deeply red state like South Carolina.

Stephen Colbert’s rally took Mitt Romney’s bad week and turned it into a South Carolina nightmare.

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8 Replies to “Stephen Colbert Draws 10 Times More People Than Mitt Romney Does”

  1. The other sad part of this is that Cain probably thinks the crowd was for him and worse yet, he doesn’t realize that he is yet and still the butt of a very skilled joke intended to send a message about the absurdity of Citizens United. It just shows how clueless Cain is.

  2. I believe Herman does get the joke. Now that’s he’s not running for President, he is much easier to like. I just feel sorry for his wife.

  3. Even funnier, an event this morning was canceled for Newt Gingrich because of low turnout. Sanitarium went to his event even though the turnout was very low. Newt couldn’t be bothered.

    I just got home so I haven’t seen any comments on the voting, but I don’t get the impression that enthusiasm is all that high besides the fact they had 14 tornado warnings out. A sign from God of course.

    But then again I just got a CNN breaking news alert Saying the most important quality voters were looking for was someone who could beat Obama. Not someone who wasn’t going to raise their taxes like all three of the front runners are. I would imagine the shock would be setting in after the elections.

  4. Mitt doesn’t care, he’ll just move on to Florida where he’s counting on the rich conservatives for support. He’s ALL ABOUT the 1%, not the common folks of S. Carolina. Sorry, don’t mean to offend, I’m common, too.

  5. What I want to know is.. why is it okay with Mormons for the big waxy mitt to lie his off viciously while insulting the intelligence of the American People? Who are these people?

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