Here’s Colbert’s statement on his presidential run (in South Carolina).

“I am shocked and saddened by the South Carolina Democratic Executive Council’s 13-to-3 vote to keep me off their presidential primary ballot,” he said in the statement. “Although I lost by the slimmest margin in presidential election history — only 10 votes — I have chosen not to put the country through another agonizing Supreme Court battle. It is time for this nation to heal.”

Still, in an echo of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s memorable statement when he gave up his quest for the presidency that the dream will never die, Mr. Colbert added: “I want say to my supporters, this is not over. While I may accept the decision of the council, the fight goes on! The dream endures!”

Mr. Colbert’s statement concluded that he was so choked up about the end of his campaign, that “I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.”

Of course, that coincides with the writers’ strike, which has darkened studios across television land.

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