Stephen Colbert to Replace Michael Chertoff?

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By: E&P Staff

With Fox News commentator Tony Snow hired as White House press secretary, Comedy Central anchor man Stephen Colbert suggested late Thursday that President Bush add other conservative talk show hosts to his cabinet.

The host of The Colbert Report proposed posts for Rush LImbaugh and Sean Hannity, and pushed his hero, Bill O’Reilly, for new Pentagon chief. Bush could send off Donald Rumsfeld with “the Medal of Freedom,” he pointed out. The only problem with this is that O’Reilly would probably push for “an invasion of Vermont,” he mused.

Colbert then suggested that Bush tab him to replace Michael Chertoff as head of Homeland Security. Chertoff, he complained, “has not done a thing” to control the bear population. A running “joke” on the show is Colbert’s hatred of bears.

Earlier, Colbert had wondered, deadpan, if Snow would be able to handle the “radical” switch from Fox News to “apologist” for the president.

Colbert will be emcee at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. Among the guests will be Valerie Plame, Alex Trebeck and E&P’s own Joe Strupp.

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