The AP is reporting that comedian Stephen Colbert – host of a late-night satirical talk show that bears his name – has been the top vote getter in a public contest to name the space station’s new Node 3 module:
NASA’s mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report” to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday.
This was either a mistake – or brilliant. It certainly gave a lot of publicity to the space agency and its signature program – otherwise best known for the millionauts who come to visit periodically. Without write-in votes, the campaign would probably have been a low-scoring yawner. Serenity? You mean So-boring-y. Zzzzzzz…….
On the other hand, NASA has reserved the right to ignore the will of the people. Will this split an already deeply divided America in two? Will Colbert file an appeal?Â Could it go all the way to the Supreme Court? Would the court split 5-4 along party lines between conservatives appalled by Colbert’s parody of blow-hard right wing pundits and liberals who find it hilarious?
And when will I stop asking so many questons? When? I really need to know!