The question of whether Stephen Colbert is a liberal or a conservative is one that I’ve seen and heard asked more times than I can count. His deliberate fuzzing of the lines between Stephen Colbert, the actor, and “Stephen Colbert”, the pundit, make the distinction a harder one to draw than we sometimes credit.
Now, riding to the rescue of the confused and curious, we have an answer from none other than Stephen himself. According to this slideshow on the Huffington Post, Stephen gives us his definitive answer in the new book iSatiristas! (which Ann wrote about last month):
“There are times that my character’s ignorance of himself allows him to say liberal things or even hold liberal ideas without any knowledge of it. In reference to my character, he’s generally conservative… I myself sometimes agree with him. It doesn’t matter to me if my audience knows when that is, but I do sometimes agree with my character. But generally speaking, if you slap me across the face at three A.M. and say, ‘What are you?’ I’d say I’m a liberal.”