And Patton Oswalt for Secretary of State

dougstanhope.jpgThis is almost old news, but it's gone way under the radar til now. Comedian Doug Stanhope - formally one half of the failed post-Kimmel Man Show - has announced he will seek the most prestigious mantle in American politics. He's running for the Libertarian nomination for president. It's been a dozen years since Howard Stern had his aborted Libertarian run for New York governor, so is it time for one of these campaigns to actually take off? Or will it only get attention if Joe Rogan involves himself somehow?

Rogan's campaign manifesto (from MySpace!) is below the fold.

Doug Stanhope for President: Drunk With Power [MySpace]

-- David Weigel

This is the official Myspace page for Doug Stanhope's presidential run in 2008. I've decided to run for the nomination of the Libertarian Party. (

Yes, I am very serious. Most of us know how completely screwed the system has become. Yet we shrug it off as something to deeply rooted to change. I'm tired of accepting what we have as the best we can do and yelling about it in barrooms and comedy clubs isn't going to force anyone's hand.

That is why I have decided to run for the office. If this country can buy Jesus and American Idol, I think we can sell them actual freedom and self-determination.

The campaign will focus on individual freedom, self-government and making America fun again. And this campaign, if goes as planned, will wreak an adreneline-fueled havoc across the land.

This planet belongs to you as much as it does anyone. It is your choice - not any government - to decide how you will live.

This is - at the moment - the most powerful country in the world which makes inexcusable the fact we have become so oppresive and boring at the same time.

I may not be the best possible candidate but I am the best one willing to run. Jump on the bandwagon. Win or lose, we are going to have a fantastic, bizarre and screaming ride towards the White House.

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Who I'd like to meet:

Poeple who believe that they are best suited to run their own lives.


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