In the Context of This Presidential Primary Cycle, Just How Weird Is This?

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This item, written by Lucy Sweeney, is from ABC News in Australia (no connection to the ABC television network in the U.S.):

“Vermin Supreme filed his paperwork for the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot on the last day before applications closed. . . .

“The bearded eccentric, who regularly sports a boot on his head, has been running for public office since 1987.

“His platform includes a promise of a free pony for every American citizen and a plan for the ‘inevitable zombie invasion.’

“’The pony-based economy is truly the most important issue in America today. Fossil fuels are literally killing the planet, and today, we stop that,’ he told the crowd gathered for his filing.

“’We don’t need no more cars, we have ponies.’

“’And when we have ponies, my friends, we are going to have a beautiful time.’ . . .

“Dragging a bag full of plush ponies…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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