John Lemon wonders why it is that dopey people run for president:
I always thought that if you got to the level of running for president of the US, even in a primary, you would be a pretty level-headed person. To me that is a plausible hypothesis since you have to court a wide base of support that will not only contribute to your campaign financially (so we are talking reasonably wealthy and educated people that you need to attract) but to stuff envelopes and make phone calls too. However, the likes of Al Sharpton, Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan seem to prove me wrong. But just when I thought that Al Sharpton was the village idiot of the latest folks to run for president, I did a bit of background checking on Dennis Kucinich. This guy is just plain nuts.
Well, any idiot can run. When I moved to Alabama 20 years ago, my local state representative, who wasn’t even particularly prominent in Alabama’s lower house, was running for president. I think the more interesting question is why the mass media treat these people seriously. Granted, Carol Moseley-Braun managed to get elected to the Senate, but that was a bizarre situation (she was just Cook County recorder of deeds, but beat a scandal-plagued incumbent in the primaries and then coasted to victory over a weak Republican) that was corrected after one term. But Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich are jokes.