I had just wrapped up work after an interesting evening at a Ron Paul rally at the University of Texas when my phone came alive with texts and Facebook alerts.
‚ÄúJust saw you on Colbert LOL!!!‚ÄĚ one text read.
A Facebook message read, ‚ÄúOn the laptop, hear the voice and say, ‚ÄėI know that voice.‚Äô Look up. ‚ÄėHey! It’s Josh!‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Oh no! I love the Colbert Report, but I also know how Stephen Colbert likes to playfully attack journalists from time to time. Please, not me! I can be a good sport but can also be a little sensitive. I‚Äôd just have to wait and see when it re-aired later that evening.
Colbert: ‚ÄúRecently a University of Texas student, Paul Benefiel, wrote me, asking for help starting his own Super PAC on his campus. Mr. Benefiel explained his motivation to KXAN, Texas‚Äô News Leader.
Hinkle: ‚ÄúArmed with his own Super PAC to battle other Super PACs, Benefiel‚Äôs already setting his sights on Texans like Gov. Rick Perry and Congressman Lamar Smith.‚ÄĚ
Benefiel: ‚ÄúThere is no better place to start something like this than Austin, Texas.‚ÄĚ
Hinkle: ‚ÄúThis is the first of Stephen Colbert‚Äôs Super PACs to hit a college campus. Now, it‚Äôs at the University of Missouri and also Purdue, and it continues to spread to other college campuses nationwide.‚ÄĚ
Colbert: ‚ÄúYes, I‚Äôve planted a seed in Austin, Texas, and I‚Äôm sure no one will take what I‚Äôm about to say out of context. I want to spread my seed around a lot of colleges.‚ÄĚ
A clip of the story, including my standup. I got off easy, and the piece was hilarious. Needless to say, the messages kept coming in, and people seemed to enjoy it. Kind of cool, I guess.