America's Third Parties (and fourth, and fifth, and so on) are too often seen as the crazy uncle that shows up to the Halloween party and pees in the punch. One hopes they could someday be more than that--they could give our Democracy new hope
October 23, 2010

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America's Third Parties (and fourth, and fifth, and so on) are too often seen as the crazy uncle that shows up to the Halloween party and pees in the punch. One hopes they could someday be more than that--they could give our Democracy new hope in an era of gridlock and no-nothing activism.

Wouldn't progressive Democrats match up beautifully in a three-way race against a Republican and a Libertarian Party candidate? The possibilities are myriad and stunning to contemplate.

So when--as happened in the recent New York Gubernatorial debate--someone actually shows up and is impassioned, eccentric, and accurate, it kind of takes your breath away. The rent is indeed too damn high, Jimmy. One wanted to shout "thank you" for not worrying about mosques, "socialism," keeping people from getting married, or any of the other crap we're innundated this weird election season.

And thus this video. As his basic message evolved into a meme, we believed he could launch a revolution of people who repeat not only his inexplicable sartorial choices, but his commitment to the rights of the renter in a nation down on its luck. Leaseholders, stand up.

...Or so we'd hoped.

But that bright flame of hope was doused by the sour urine stream of reality: many were troubled to learn that Jimmy may or may not pay rent. (That honestly doesn't bother me that much, broadly speaking rent is still "2" damn high).

But, when it turns out this champion of the underdog has a pathetic Sanchezian tendency to blame problems on...wait for it...Jewish folks, it's time to look for another champion. Well, another potential benefit of a true multiple party system: when one candidate spouts hateful stereotypes there are other options.

Kinda sucks, I'd really wanted to like that guy--it's like finding out that Santa Claus has a weird thing against Puerto Ricans. Which, y'know, would just mean it's time to start celebrating Kwanzaa. Life must go on.

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