What Other Are Saying

October 22, 2007

He hopes to run as a Democrat and a Republican. He's red, white and blue, as signified by his new book, I Am America (And So Can You!). His phony laugh is much better than Hillary Rodham Clinton's, and he certainly can fake cell phone interruptions more entertainingly than Rudolph W. Giuliani. How can voters not respond to Stephen Colbert's newly announced bid to become president of the United States?

Though Mr. Colbert has designs on running only in his home state of South Carolina, where he has contacted both party organizations about getting on the ballot for the January primary, maybe that will prove to be only a beginning.

"My advice is that he could probably have more fun buying a sports car and getting a girlfriend," said the chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, revealing no keen understanding of Mr. Colbert or fun. At a time when nothing threatens presidential candidates as much as the possibility of a spontaneous moment, the Colbert Report anchor couldn't be performing a greater public service than injecting levity into the campaigns. If his antics don't make Republicans and Democrats smile, his forking over the filing fees will.

- The Chicago Sun-Times

To use a baseball metaphor, the Rockies' decision to sell World Series tickets only via the Internet is more foul ball than home run.

It's a given that many fans would have been unable to buy tickets, and thus been disappointed, no matter what method Denver's National League champions used to distribute the limited number of Coors Field seats available for the general public. Demand way exceeds supply in this baseball dream. But limiting the ticket-buying opportunity to those with access to a computer is what public relations professionals call "bad PR." Ticket-buyers' concerns about server capacity, system performance and scalper abuse pale by comparison.

Rockies fever today at least equals, if not exceeds, the level it reached when major-league baseball finally came to Denver in 1993. Nothing, though, has the potential to douse it like a World Series ticket policy that excludes rather than includes. Why risk the alienation?

- Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

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