Comedian Stephen Colbert just wants to help the GOP defeat President Obama in November. That's why he created a Twitter hashtag -- or appropriated, because the hashtag #preparethem might have already existed -- to help the Republican candidates better prepare for the general election. How? By posting tweets that slam, ridicule, lambaste, criticize, insult, and denigrate the Republican candidates, of course.
On Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," the faux conservative host even presented a couple examples of how people could aid the conservative cause. He tweeted: "Newt's only hope for your vote is if you've been in a coma for 20 years. And if you have, he probably divorced you. Newt 2012! #preparethem"
He followed that post with one for candidate Romney as well: "Mitt Romney is not a vulture capitalist. Vultures only eat things that are dead. Romney 2012! #preparethem"
As Colbert helpfully pointed out, the hashtag was meant to "help" the GOP.
Where did the comedian get the idea? From Mitt Romney, that's who.
After Romney had been projected to win the Florida Primary, the former Massachusetts governor gave his victory speech (which can be found at Real Clear Politics). Although he targeted most of his comments at the White House, Romney did have something to say about the contentiousness of the 2012 Republican presidential race.
"Primary contests are not easy," Romney said. "They're not supposed to be, as this primary unfolds, our opponents in the other party have been watching, and they like to comfort themselves with the thought a competitive campaign will leave us divided and weak. But I've got news for them.
"A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win."
Inspired by Romney's words, Colbert decided to do his part as a faux conservative to aid the Republican cause and help them prepare.
This isn't the first time Colbert has employed Twitter to help him ridicule the Republican Party. Back in April 2011, he focused a Twitter hashtag on Sen. Jon Kyl after the junior senator from Arizona made the comment that 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's funding paid for abortions. Kyl's office responded, according to Newser, to the subsequent uproar over the exaggerated number by stating: "His remark was not intended to be a factual statement." After creating NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag, Colbert began posting tweets there regularly.
And Colbert might just be able to level the playing field in the upcoming election, but don't count on it. Still, given the political debacle that the 2012 Republican presidential race has become, just about anything could and might help.
Even if it is simply to prepare conservative and liberal voters for a laugh.
(photo credit: David Shankbone, Creative Commons)