Campaigns and Elections Books & the Arts South Carolina, What Could Have Been? South Carolina, What Could Have Been? Inspired by The Nation's intrepid reporting, Stephen Colbert asks what would have been if he'd stayed on the South Carolina ballot. By Stephen Colbert January 29, 2008 Facebook Twitter Email Print After the South Carolina primary, Nation blogger Cora Currier asked “what would’ve gone down?” if Stephen Colbert stayed on the ballot. Inspired, Colbert looks back at what could have been in the Palmetto State.