This is the chart of the most up-to-date South Carolina returns. If you click on it, you'll be able to read it better.
Do you see what I see? Add 494 +1161 +213 +2491...if my math is right, you'll get 4359. Which is about two-thirds of 6324.
What you're then looking at is that Stephen Colbert (as Herman Cain) got more votes than Michele, Jon, Gary and Rick together. It's also more votes than the estimated attendance at the joint Cain-Colbert rally last Friday. And yet, no one is talking about it...
Sure, we don't know how much of that vote was for Cain and not Colbert, but likely not much. (Remember what Any Borowitz said: Perry dropped out, endorsed Newt, Cain endorsed Newt's lifestyle...sorry, I digress.) Seriously, Stephen Colbert is very much against Citizens United, and has put his money where his mouth is. He also has testified before Congress (then on the subject of migrant workers). Certainly Colbert is not running for the presidency, much as Ron Paul is not: each is endeavoring to sound a message. Colbert is, despite his on-air persona, the furthest left wing of any of the candidates, real or imagined.
Before you think that someone who has made his living from comedy cannot be a voice for intellectualism, or, um, a US Senator, I give you Al Franken.
But still, I'm concerned about the fact that Colbert's 5th place finish was not mentioned by any mainstream media outlet. It goes along with all the other stories they don't cover: like the Occupy Movement (except when people are arrested) or the Chester-Upland School District (which has won a recent reprieve through the end of the year, but is part of a 3-town area that is going to end up like a giant ghost town over the next 10 years) or any of the other political stories that indicate what is really going on in America today.