Thursday, May 01, 2008

A politician I could vote for

Apparently there is an election imminent to choose a mayor for the city of London. The candidate of the Tory (conservative) party is one Boris Johnson, who has something of a reputation as a buffoon. Apparently (I'm not expert on British politics) Johnson got into the race because the incumbent mayor, from the Labor (liberal) party, is running (or standing, as the British say) for reelection, and he was considered such a shoo-in that the Tories thought, "Well, we have to put forward someone as a candidate, so why not that buffoon Johnson?"

But, as we have often seen, elections can run peculiar courses. Now it appears that Johnson has a pretty decent chance of winning.

I was listening to a story about this on the radio this morning. Johnson's clownish image is to some extent hanging over his candidacy, and apparently at one point he was asked, point blank, if his buffoonry was merely a front. His answer:
Beneath the elaborately constructed veneer of the bumbling buffoon, there may well be a bumbling buffoon.
I instantly pointed at the radio and shouted, "I could vote for that guy!"

Think about it: A politician who actually admits (or at least claims to admit) that he is a buffoon! How refreshing! Boris Johnson is also a Member of Parliament (aka MP), and he has also said this:
The dreadful truth is that when people come to see their MP they have run out of better ideas.
Gotta love it.


Gee.... Didn't we elect a bumbling buffoon 7 years ago? Look what happened to us.
=Didn't we elect a bumbling buffoon 7 years ago?=

That was the point of the post: Johnson is a bumbling buffoon who has achieved self-awareness, which is the complete opposite of President Bumbling Buffoon. And be careful about how you use "we" -- I, for one, did not elect President Bumbling Buffoon. I don't think the people who voted for Ralph Nader can make the same claim, but I wasn't one of them.

In case you are interested, this is (possibly Mayor-elect of London) Boris Johnson's opinion of President George W. Bush:

"...a cross-eyed Texan warmonger, unelected, inarticulate, who epitomises the arrogance of American foreign policy."
Boris may be a buffoon, but at least he's not a communist one.

Bloody good news! Praise the Lord! Thank God! There is hope for Londonistan. What will Red Ken do next?


absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
elect a communist

someone who will work full-time
to destroy your country

Aw, shucks, uspace, you shouldn't feel so shy! Tell us how you really feel!

In case anyone didn't get the gist of uspace's little celebratory dance (Londonistan?), Johnson won the mayoral election.

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