By now regular readers of Hammer of Truth know of Doug Stanhope’s aspirations for president in 2008 on the Libertarian ticket, but you may not know why I personally view this as a bit of an eventuality for our political party. Let me first point out an excellent article focused on one of Stanhope’s many friends — Lewis Black — which has a relevant bit on how comedy is becoming more entwined in today’s politics:
It’s no secret that more and more Americans are getting their news from comedians than from traditional news sources. Politicians and pundits are jealous that comics can make a point and get a laugh at the same time “” jealous to the point of hiring comics to make their speeches and news shows more “punchy.”
In politics, commentary and comedy “” the lines of distinction between the three blur more every day “” everyone wants to speak for the regular guy. Politicians and commentators point the finger at comedians or the more ubiquitous “Hollywood” as elitist and out-of-touch, not as close to real Americans’ opinions as those from inside Washington’s Beltway. That line of thought, if I may quote Black, makes me want to “eat my brain” or “gouge my eyes out.”
Call it the Daily Show effect, if you will. And it seems Libertarians stand to benefit the most from it (consider our biggest celebrities are Penn Jillette, Drew Carey, South Park’s Matt Stone and a smattering of other comedians).
Well, here’s your chance to talk directly with Stanhope about his campaign. He’s agreed to answer questions about his issues, why he’s running, and basically anything you can come up with. So this is the discussion thread to ask those questions. I’ll take your questions, try to consolidate them where appropriate and have him answer in a few days, so fire away in the comments.
Update: The comments section is now closed and Stanhope will be getting back to us soon enough.