Stephen Colbert isn't officially running for president yet, but he's doing his best to influence the upcoming primary in South Carolina.
Yesterday, Colbert announced that he will be appearing with former presidential hopeful Herman Cain at a rally at the College of Charleston in South Carolina this Friday. The event, titled "The Rock Me Like a Herman Cain: South Cain-olina Primary Rally," promises to be a spectacle.
"There will be speeches, there will be cheerleaders, there will be a marching band and a gospel choir," Colbert said on his show, The Colbert Report, last night.
Cain suspended his campaign on Dec. 3 amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity.
Last Thursday, Colbert signed over control of his super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, to his colleague and host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart.
Colbert's recent stunts are intended to embarrass sponsors of super PACs and their influence on campaign finance. His appearance with Cain on Saturday will spoof the idea that candidates cannot coordinate with super PACs.
Since he relinquished control of Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, the PAC has released two ads asking South Carolinians to vote for Herman Cain in the upcoming primary.
The first ad endorsing Herman Cain, called "Not Abel," features images of Colbert standing in patriotic poses before a waving American flag, asking South Carolinians to vote for Cain.
"He's such a Washington outsider," the narrator says, "he's not even running for president."
The ad features no images of Herman Cain, and it closes with a slow-motion, close-up shot of Colbert smiling that lasts 20-seconds, a parody of Cain's now infamous smoking ad.
Yesterday, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow released an attack ad against Colbert called "Modern Stage Combat." Actor Samuel L. Jackson, the ad's narrator, declares, "Enough is enough. I have had it with these money-grubbing Super PACs messing with our Monday-to-Friday election!"
The ad again endorses Herman Cain, and it closes with Colbert appearing on Conan O'Brien, explaining, "Look I just think that Rosa Parks was overrated."