Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is truly one of a kind.
More than a comedian who reports the news, Colbert makes himself (or a farcical version of himself) the news, mainstreaming political satire like no one else.
Now, he's actually being used for political purposes.
In a new TV ad, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi takes aim at Colbert’s Super PAC, suggesting that their former friendship has been torpedoed by the faux-conservative pundit’s refusal to disclose the complete sources of his funding:
Pelosi is in on the joke - and Colbert’s thinly-veiled campaign to expose the abuses of Super PACs - of course. She's been pushing hard for the Disclose Act.
The bill was introduced to expose the sources of “secret money from special interests” in electoral campaigns. A Super PAC, or political action committee, can receive and spend unlimited sums of cash on behalf of whomever they chose.
Colbert has been pointing out the absurdities of this system by starting his own Super PAC, which has labeled Mitt Romney a serial killer and now supports Herman Cain, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race months ago.
The details are spelled out on a Stop Colbert Facebook page.