It was perhaps the most brilliant campaign move of all time — a candidate announces that he’s going to run for president and only run for president in a single state. Forget Albert Einstein. Forget Steve Jobs. Forget Ken Jennings. Stephen Colbert is the smartest man ever. Of course, the Lowcountry native’s plan didn’t work out the way he wanted. The state Democratic Party refused to let the comedian on the ballot, allegedly at the urging of former state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenebaum, who feared Colbert would pull votes away from Obama.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.