Thursday, April 10, 2008

Colbert is still campaigning for President in the Marvel Universe

I think it would be pretty cool if Marvel went all the way and took the Colbert presidential run to its ultimate conclusion, a Colbert presidency. Who the president is in Marvel Comics has always been a little sketchy. In World War Hulk, we only read his voice off panel and could tell that he was from the South because of his mannerisms, but it wasn't spelled out that he was President Bush. For years, there would be more focus on prominent fictional politicians like Senator Kelly or Graydon Creed (Wow, I can't believe I remember that name after 12 years!) than on who the Marvel commander in chief is. Over in the DC Universe, Lex Luthor became president during the 2000 election, which could be a precedent for fictional presidents.

From the Comedy Central blog, here is an interview with a Marvel Comics pollster. There's nothing like fictional journalism:

Discussions about Americans' readiness for a black or female commander-in-chief may soon become irrelevant: 43 percent of respondents to a DB poll conducted this past week said they would welcome Stephen Colbert into their homes to break bread and discuss the issues this country faces."The number goes as high as 48 percent if they can meet with Colbert at a restaurant or diner," said DB polling director James White, Jr. "That additional spike may be a matter of people just not wanting to cook while discussing matters that mean a lot to them."

The poll's results, White admitted, don't specify whether or not electors would actually vote for Colbert. Nevertheless, the numbers are encouraging for his supporters, as his opponents are left to battle over the remaining 57 (or 52) percent. And according to White, seven percent of that remainder wrote in a dinner guest of their own choosing. Write-ins ranged from perennial Forbes favorites (including billionaire industrialist and Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tony Stark) to celebrities like actress Mary Jane Watson.

"I think it means that people trust Colbert enough to at least sit down and discuss the topics that concern them most," White said. "And at the end of the day, the presidential race will come down to that one question: Who do you trust?"

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