It’s come to this.
The State newspaper in South Carolina publishes the stats for the two candidates who claim favorite-son status, including this from Colbert:
“John Edwards left South Carolina when he was 1 year old. He had his chance. Saying his parents moved him — that’s the easy answer.”
To which Edwards’ ever-vigilant spokesman Eric Schultz puts out this rapid-response piece:
RHETORIC VS REALITY: STEPHEN COLBERT – PLAYING LOOSE WITH THE FACTS
CLAIM: Edwards abandoned South Carolina when he was one year old.
FACT: Edwards was born in South Carolina, learned to walk in South Carolina, learned to talk to in South Carolina, and will kick Stephen Colbert’s New York City butt in South Carolina.
“Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he’s participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert’s hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn’t in the pocket of the snack food special interests.”