Hi. This is Chad from BuzzFlash.com. We will be helping our good friend Steve with keeping the discussion alive.
Here is the first guest post. We will have many more to follow with a variety of different voices.
Stephen Colbert lost his bid to be on the presidential ballot in South Carolina. But a public service he performed was opening our eyes to how someone gets on the ballot to run for president.
The Republicans wanted $35,000, the Democrats only wanted $2,500 (cheap date?). Why are the fees so huge? What purpose do they serve?
Colbert didn’t want to pony up for the Republicans (if he spent more than $5,000, election rules would have kicked in), and the Democrats took his check, but gave it back in a 10-3 vote.
But who should be on the ballot? And why?
In 1974, a different Steven (v, not ph) wasn’t on a different kind of ballot: baseball’s All-Star Game ballot. Steve Garvey was a rookie for the Los Angeles Dodgers at first base. Rookies don’t get on the ballot because the ballots are done before the season starts, and who knows if a rookie will make it.
Garvey was having a great year and deserves to go to the All-Star Game. Sure enough, a write-in campaign got started, and when it came time to tabulate the votes, Garvey was voted to the All-Star Game.
Not only did he start, but also Garvey was elected MVP for the All-Star Game, a 7-2 National League win in Pittsburgh.
So if we can elect a 1st baseman by a write-in candidacy, why not a president? Stephen Colbert is one possibility. A certain national figure with the initials AG is another possible nominee.
Should we do so? Is there anyone you would like to see?