Last month, Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, Americans for A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, attempted to sponsor South Carolina's GOP primary with a $500,000 donation. "Of course, I can’t offer that kind of no-strings-attached-money without getting something in return," Colbert wrote in an op/ed for The State, and in exchange for the money, he asked that his name be placed on the ballot and the primary itself, and that voters also be asked about corporate personhood. Alas, the state's GOP declined to take the bait, but PPP polled voters anyway: 33% of likely voters think that "corporations are people," while 67% believe "only people are people." Look for Jim DeMint to be unseated by Senator Bojangles in 2016.
This question of corporate personhood was settled once and for all [pdf] by The Supreme Court of
Anthony Kennedy the United States, but it was Mitt Romney reminding a few protesters this summer that fanned the flames of this total non-issue.
According to the PPP Colbert would finish fourth in the primary with 5% of the vote, beating Jon Huntsman. Sure, the state has an open primary that allows Democrats to vote, but lets see Huntsman's daughters tweet their Dad out of this one.
As New Hampshire's primary voters gear up for today's contest, Romney, who is maintaining a commanding lead in the polls, is being criticized for telling a group yesterday, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me" while making a point about his beliefs on health insurance. He utters the line at the 1:30 mark.
It's unclear why the CPU in Romney's skull chose this particular choice of words, particularly with his esteemed record of profiting off the still-warm corpses of corporations. But hey, he helped...uh...Staples! Who doesn't like Staples?