Spilled milk: Haley dismisses Colbert Senate interest
December 7th, 2012
12:30 PM ET
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Spilled milk: Haley dismisses Colbert Senate interest

(CNN) – The swell of online support for Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to appoint comedy show host Stephen Colbert to her state's open U.S. Senate seat hasn't gone unnoticed by the Palmetto State Republican, who pointed out one hangup on her Facebook Friday.

"Stephen, thank you for your interest in South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me," Haley wrote, before delivering one piece of archive material that could sink Colbert's chances.

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"You forget one thing, my friend. You didn't know our state drink. Big, big mistake," she said, pointing back to a "Colbert Report" interview in April when she asked the host – who grew up in Charleston – to name the official South Carolina beverage.

"There's a state drink?" he asked, befuddled, before she told him it was milk.

On Thursday, Colbert ticked off the traits he thought South Carolina's new senator should possess: "Somebody conservative, somebody from South Carolina. Maybe somebody who had a super PAC."

Colbert, who mockingly started a super PAC in the summer of 2011 that raked in more than $1.2 million, came to the conclusion he'd be an ideal replacement for Sen. Jim DeMint. DeMint announced Thursday he was leaving the Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

By the time Colbert's show came on the air Thursday, the online swell of support (however joking) had begun, including a website that specifies it's "in no way affiliated with Stephen Colbert or The Colbert Report."

"Folks, I'm not going to sit here and say I should be South Carolina's next senator. Not when so many other people are saying it for me," Colbert said on his show – adding he had thought to himself, "You know what they could use? Another white guy."

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    I think SC needs to change it's official state drink from milk to Koolaid.

    December 7, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. Evergreen

    All joking aside, the Senate needs intelligent and thoughtful people. I think Mr. Colbert has those traits.

    December 7, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    No one will ever be able to convince me that Demint already knows who his hand picked successor will be. Don't believe for one minute that he would resign his Senate seat *before* that critical detail was worked out. Now it is just simply a waiting game of letting enough time pass to make it seem that you've gone through the proper motions, and then let Haley announce Demint's pick.

    December 7, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. nothing new here

    And why not Colbert?
    Goodness knows we have enough clowns/comedians in politics already.

    December 7, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Jim

    SC governor's official drink? Savannah River water, from the Georgia side, please.

    December 7, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. BMH

    He'd work harder than most to make things work.

    December 7, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. charles Lathrop

    Koolaid indeed

    December 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Not 1st rodeo

    How in trouble are we when the best choice for an appointed Senator from SC actually is a late night tv clown?

    December 7, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. ART

    Hey maybe she could offer that post to whoever is running the Taliban now, it would be like Demint never even left.

    December 7, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. swampcat

    Gee, these politicians lead such sheltered lives. Every southcarolinian knows what the real state drink is.
    Hint: It comes in a mason jar.

    December 7, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. James Bond

    Im aamazed @ how ignorant people in my state are, they thik right to work will increase.their standard of living, it means lower wages, period. do the research, RTW staes have the lowest wages and highest poverty , what are they thinking, collective bargaining is what brought up our standard of iving, union enrollment andmedian household earnings go hand in hand. stop listenning to fox news, that station is nothing short of a cult mentality

    December 7, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. James Bond

    Just what we need, another extreme right winger, put down the pipe. your sick sick sick, with greed and envy, lie to the people and lead them sheepishly to the slaughter house, easy as pie

    December 7, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Colbert continues to be, a complete joke.

    December 7, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. rs

    He would have been better than DeMint!

    December 7, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jed Clampett


    In SC they are good christians and only drink moonshine in the closet.

    December 7, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    I thought Moonshine was SC's State drink.

    December 7, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. dannytelevision

    SC...they still fly the traitorous stars and bars at the state capitol! shameful!

    December 7, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That says something when there is a state drink... How much are you drinking? I would hope that the response would have been more reasoned - Colbert doesn't live in the state; or hasn't been there enough to satify the residency requirements.

    December 7, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    Colbert would do a better job than DeMint, did NOTHING for our state.

    December 7, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Luke Brown

    Milk is the answer.

    December 7, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |