I wrote this last year in response to suggestions that Oprah should run for president in 2020. I’m ashamed that folks are still clamoring for President Oprah one year later.
Back in 2008, there was a Simpsons episode called “E Pluribus Wiggum” that poked fun at the presidential primaries. In the episode, Springfield pushed up its primaries before New Hampshire so the candidates in both parties and the press descended onto the town. Disillusioned by the phoniness and cynicism of the presidential candidates, the citizens of Springfield elected a write-in candidate, Chief Wiggum’s eight-year-old son Ralph, as a mass protest vote. In response, both the Democratic and Republican parties badgered Ralph in order to convince him to run for president in their party.
The absurdity of the situation is obvious, right? Both of America’s major political parties seeking to pick not just a second grader, but this second grader as their presidential candidate is obviously ridiculous to everyone, right?
I have to pose this as a question because it feels like a lot of what would have been considered over-the-top…
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