The rent is too damn high! (presidential edition)

Jimmy McMillan, founder and leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, also known as Jimmy Mack, The Black Hulk Hogan, Papa Smurf, Santa Claus and Rambo, is one of my favourite politicians and all-round awesome people in the whole wide world. And New Yorkers now know him well from his magnificently surreal performance in the 2010 New York gubernatorial debates (watch the whole 2-minute clip – it gets better and better):

Recently, McMillan has been making my day by suggesting that he’ll run for president in 2012, possibly as a republican. David Goodman interviewed him, with the results that one would expect from someone as awesome as Jimmy McMillan:

If you run for president, you’re going to need a vice president. Who are you looking at?

Mitt Romney. Or Newt Gingrich.

Really? So, it’s going to be a bipartisan ticket. What do you like about Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich?

Newt Gingrich has been there before. He is a good liar. People look at him and laugh. That’s why they’re going to vote for him. People look at me now and laugh. But, still, they can laugh. The issues are serious and strong. So, I need someone to take that away from me. I thought about John Edwards. But …

He’s unavailable right now.

Yeah, he’s unavailable. Because he can’t defend his own rights. [He cheated] on his wife and all this stuff. We know everybody does that anyway. I thought about Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. I like them. I like what they bring to the table. Mitt Romney — good looking guy. It’ll keep the ladies from looking at me with Mitt Romney…

You’ve said that by running for president you’re telling Obama that you’re “coming after his black ass.” Can you explain that?

Because Barack Obama used the word that he was going to get somebody’s ass. You probably heard him say that because they did something that I guess they shouldn’t have done. Now, I like to use quotes and phrases to open up those vessels in your mind that you haven’t used in a long time. Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. He’s black, African-American, whatever you call him. He’s black. The logo for the Democratic Party is a donkey. You call him a donkey or an ass. So, it makes sense for me to say, as a karate expert, I hope you can use the portion of your mind you don’t use. I’m coming after Barack Obama’s black ass. That’s the donkey! I’m coming after the Democratic Party!

I really hope he runs and wins. Obviously, he’s got no shot at actually getting the GOP nomination. He did get the endorsement of the American Moustache Institute in 2010, though, which is certainly enough to convince me to vote for him:


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