With US mid-term elections right around the corner, the really ambitious political thinkers aren’t focused on Foleygate or The Man from Macaca: they’re handicapping the 2008 presidential election. Will the Republicans be able to find a nominee who hasn’t been indicted, or will the Cunningham/DeLay ticket take the nomination? Will the Democrats be able to find someone who polls worse in middle American than Hillary Clinton?
I’d planned on supporting the Jon Stewart/Ze Frank ticket in the primaries, but today’s announcement forces me to rethink my thinking. Dr. David Weinberger has posted his presidential platform on his blog, adding a level of transparency and practicality rarely seen in left-wing politics. His is an ambitious, but realistic legislative agenda, filled with proposals likely to unite, instead of divide:
End the current superstitious rituals at airport security that any fifteen year old could figure out how to get around. Instead, require every passenger to rub a lucky rabbit foot.
Pass SHANANA: Stop the Hilarious Absurdity: No Acronyms Naming Anything act.
Knowing David’s admiration for the distributed creation of knowledge, it’s possible that he doesn’t plan to serve an entire term. I seem to remember him declaring, “In the future, everyone will be President for 15 minutes.” But I suspect the campaign reflects a simpler truth – once “Everything is Miscelaneous” is published, the logical next step is leading the world’s most belligerent democracy.
I, for one, welcome our new Philospher King.