Penn and Teller for President!

Penn & TellerLibertarians have long bemoaned the lack of celebrity Libertarians who actually have principles. Perhaps our dream candidates have finally arrived in the form of Penn and Teller.

They are the bad boys of magic. They host the award winning Showtime program, “BULLSHIT!”, one of the most iconoclastic, pro-liberty TV shows in the world. Penn is now a daily talk show host on Free FM stations nationwide.

Remember how Jesse Ventura awakened the sleeping masses in Minnesota with his third party candidacy for Governor? People who had never voted came out of the woodwork and Ventura won unexpectedly. His message was somewhat Libertarian, but he was certainly not principled, nor a Libertarian.

From what I’ve seen and heard, Penn and Teller are principled Libertarians and they are real, active, popular celebrities unlike Ventura, who was a little washed up at the time of his run for Governor.

Penn and Teller would attract all kinds of media attention and perhaps be able to awaken the sleeping masses and actually win.

Can you imagine it?

“Vote Penn and Teller in 2008 to make the government disappear!”


  1. I like the comment about the them making the government disappear.

    I think a vice president that doesn’t talk would also be a good idea. Also, no one would worry about them making an ass of themselves with stupid comments.

  2. I’ve actually been searching pretty hard for an audio streaming link for Penn Jillette’s radio show. If anyone can point out anything other than the craptacular Free FM thing that refuses to work on a Mac, I’d like to be able to put his show in the radio rotation thing in the front page sidebar.

  3. So who’s the president and whose the VP? Not that it matters. I could really see them winning. No it’s not their descision. let’s all get un-libertarian and use the guns of government to force them!

  4. Nah, Teller would be the best vice president ever… seen and not heard

    as opposed to Cheney, who just gives me the creeps

  5. I’m told there have been efforts to draft them more than once, but that they are not interested. During a brief chat with Doug Stanhope, he mentioned that he had asked Penn and got the same answer.

  6. One thing Jesse Ventura had before winning the governorship was experience as the mayor of Brooklyn Park, a major suburb of Minneapolis that has a population of about 60,000.

  7. Wild speculation that is unlikely to occur. Yeah sure we would love it and Clint Eastwood, John Stossel, and Dave Barry among others could make up a full slate of celebirty candidates for national office in ’08.

  8. From the State Chairs Conference in AZ…
    A group of Libertarians has assembled a real celebrity endorsement from Penn Jillette, a noted stage magician. The endorsement has been filed and needs editing. It will have 30 and 60 second segments suitable for candidates to use as outtakes. $5000 is needed for editing the film, which has already been recorded. Money sent the National party to pay for this, the check marked “Penn and Teller”, will be completely segregated from other accounts and spent on this project.

  9. Penn Jillette would be a great president but would run? I’d give my left nut for that. I love my country very much, served in the military for six years because of that and now weep at what it has become. Simple put: we need Penn as President and have him unf*ck what all the politicos have f*cked up.

    P&T’s “Bullshit!” should be made available in every public high school library. The truth shall set you free. I’d pray for the US except I’m an Atheist. =)

    Thank you Stephen for HoT. HoT and Reason are IMO required reading.