Write-in candidate for president?
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?
November 12th, 2007 at 11:30 pm
How about AG & BB?
November 13th, 2007 at 12:59 am
Write-in candidate for president?…
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?…
November 13th, 2007 at 12:54 pm
Write in Dennis Kucinich because he will be drummed out of the primary by the MSM. But he is the only candidate that speaks the truth.
It is Dennis Kucinich who stands solidly for everything they care about — ending the war, impeaching the president and vice president, establishing universal government-funded health care (with the blood-sucking insurance industry out of the picture), ending trade agreements such as NAFTA that just ship U.S. jobs overseas, respecting international law, restoring the Constitution, insuring the unfettered right to abortion on demand, etc.
November 13th, 2007 at 1:40 pm
Bill Moyers and Jon Stewart would be my choice.
Chuck- I’d love to write in for Al Gore but I’m not sure Barbara Bush would be a good veep.
November 13th, 2007 at 3:56 pm
BARBARA BOXER!!! Although it is interesting to speculate on how B. Bush & A.G. would get along.
But I’m going for Kucinich too. Who would he choose for a veep?
November 13th, 2007 at 4:42 pm
This is Chad.
I confess I thought BB stood for Bill Bradley. But it could stand for Big Boy, that fine symbol of obesity found in parts of the Midwest as well as the East and West coasts.
November 13th, 2007 at 6:22 pm
Ooh! I wasn’t thinking. Would that be Barbara B. the the elder, or Babs B. the younger? Neither sounds like a good veep, but it could put fun into the mess.
O.K. Al ain’t going to run this time. Who is the mostly least likely to screw things up even worse? (Mostly least likely? How awkward!) (”Awkward is such an ugly looking word spelled out. It looks like its meaning.) I’ll stick with Dennis for the time being.
November 13th, 2007 at 7:21 pm
In the Mexican speaking communities of Texas, I understand she is known as Barbara Beech, & W. is known as the son of Beech.
November 13th, 2007 at 11:15 pm
I would just love to see Kucinich get the air time he deserves. Every time I take one of those “who is your candidate quizzes” I find that I score about 90% with Kucinich. If everyone could hear his message, it would resonate with the mood of the public. The media will never let him speak OR take him seriously so he would have to be a write-in candidate.
Why don’t any of the others realize that the truth is so sweet to our ears, that the Constitutional remedies are available and that we the people want desperately to set things right?
November 16th, 2007 at 1:51 am
The Media see Kucinich as a joke. He speaks the truth, so the corporate-owned Media will always shoot him down. I would like to see him be a write-in candidate. Bill Moyers is a good choice, too. How about Keith Olbermann?