Stephen Colbert's presidential run is gaining a little "truthiness" as CNN reports that the Comedy Central star will file as a candidate for the Democratic primary by the deadline today. Colbert dropped his bid to run on both parties for practical reasons: to get on the GOP ballot costs $35,000. "They priced us out of range," a source told CNN. But local Dems might still keep his name off the ballot.
Anyone with $2,500 can apply to get on the ballot, but to win the approval of the Democratic committee requires two things: appearances in the state and "national viability." Since Colbert's not running nationally, locals may decide, when they meet today, that disqualifies him from an SC run. "Over my dead body will Colbert's name be on the ballot," said one party figure.