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Colbert's inspiration?

Stephen Colbert is getting a lot of attention for his bogus run for the presidency, with real ads being run by his SUPER-PAC, or I guess the totally independent Super-PAC being run by his buddy Jon Stewart.

Colbert is not the first comedian to poke fun at the system by staging a run for the Oval Office. Anybody else remember Pat Paulsen? He staged his campaign on the controversial Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour back in 1968.

It started out with his deadpan editorials he would do on the show..and then it really took off.
 
Several years ago I found a copy of the book Pat Paulsen For President at St. Vinnie's. To my luck, it was autographed. Admittedly, it would have been better if my name was Tony, the guy to whom it was signed. The picture above is from the back cover of the book.

Here's a look back at the first major satirical run for the office of Commander in Chief. It's narrated by Henry Fonda!! (Youtube has more segments of this documentary, if you're interested.)






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