Pawlenty's Wikipedia page on lockdown following Colbert Report segment [VIDEO]
|Stephen Colbert is apparently T-Paw's biggest supporter. Who knew?|
Believe it or not, Stephen Colbert wants to see Tim Pawlenty as Mitt Romney's running mate, and following the advice of Fox News, he did what he could to make that happen. But as a result, we're no longer able to edit T-Paw's Wikipedia page.
On last night's show, Colbert was riffing on a Fox News segment pointing out that the day before she was named John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin's Wikipedia page was edited 68 times. "That's impressive, considering that once she was on the ticket, she didn't edit herself once," Colbert quipped.
But then something dawned upon the Comedy Central host: The number of times a Wikipedia profile has been edited predicts the chances of someone being named a presidential running mate! Here's Colbert's ensuring rant:
So, nation, let your voice be heard in this historic decision. Go on Wikipedia, and make as many edits as you want to your favorite vice presidential contender.And here's the footage:
Now, I like friend of the show Tim Pawlenty, so to up his chances I'm going to get on the old Wikipedia to pump up his edit count. Let's see here... [typing] T-Paw was born in St. Paul, Minnesota... let's edit that to the Minnesota town of St. Paul is where born Tim Pawlenty was... Let's see... he was the son of Eugene Joseph Pawlenty and let's say Mrs. Butterworth... intending to become a dentist, Pawlenty started his career in Santa's workshop.
Wait a minute wait a minute, what am I doing! This is Wikipedia. Anything you type in here becomes reality... [typing] On August 12, 2012, Tim Pawlenty was named Mitt Romney's running mate... [stops typing]
I may have designated T-Paw the VP pick, but it doesn't have to stay that way folks. You get on Wikipedia and edit any of these guys' pages to give them the edge. Or maybe edit the page of more of a darkhorse, like Mitt Romney's dark horse.
On the heels of Colbert's call-to-Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia announced it has locked Pawlenty's profile.
Meanwhile, today, a confident-sounding Pawlenty assured reporters they'll know the identify of Mitt's VP choice "soon enough." Coincidence?