No jokes. No satire. No political pranks. Last night, comedian and trailblazing television star, writer and producer Roseanne Barr announced that she has filed the necessary paperwork to seek the Green Party presidential nomination.
Back in August on The Tonight Show, Barr made an overlooked announcement (see video below) that she intended to run for this country’s highest public office. Since then, she has built a grassroots campaign, appealing to the self-annointed (and highly popular) 99%. “The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants — bought and paid for by the 1 percent — who are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people,” Barr said. Buying candidates could not be more topical, in light of the recent Supreme Court-approved Super PACs which allow corporations to anonymously donate limitless amounts of money to a campaign, a crucially important topic brought to attention by fellow funny people Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.
But unlike the Comedy Central duo, Barr plans on delivering promises, not punch lines, to the people. She says she has been a long-time supporter of the Green Party and its values, one of which is a position of not accepting donations from corporations, which would theoretically exclude corporate influence over governmental practice. Other guiding principles of the party are environmental awareness, social justice and decentralization of government. It’ll be interesting to see Barr accomplish either one of these two things: 1) making people take her seriously during this campaign and 2) establishing a political platform that would challenge the current candidates. Personally, I would love to see her in a debate with Obama and RomTorumRich, just to call them out on their bullshit.
The Green Party will announce its presidential nominee at their convention in Baltimore in July. Is her candidacy a severe possibility? Sure. She has a celebrity that would bring a legitimate awareness to the party, at least to the extent to cause her fans to Wikipedia “Green Party.” Is her presidency probable? Not really. But if she gets nominated, I hope she brings John Goodman on the campaign trail.
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