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Move over, Carl Paladino. Jimmy McMillan has arrived

If you thought Carl Paladino was going to be the star of last night's gubernatorial debate in New York, you were wrong. The mad-as-hell Republican nominee was upstaged by Jimmy McMillan of the -- wait for it -- "The rent is too damn high party." As a former New Yorker, I can tell you there's a constituency for this party -- and McMillan's party anthem definitely has a beat you can dance to. But, wow, its standard-bearer makes Christine O'Donnell (R-Del.) and Sharron Angle (R-Nev.), two senate candidates who have said (and in the case of Angle continues to say) wacked out things, look like reasonably qualified choices for elective office.

Dressed in a black suit with black gloves (was it that cold in there?!), McMillian spoke in a cadence and with an urgency befitting a man on a mission. "Listen," McMillan commanded during his self-introduction, "someone's, some child's stomach just growlin'. Did you hear it? You gotta listen -- like me."

This is not McMillan's first run for office. He ran for mayor of New York City last year. He came up short. I doubt McMillan will be successful in his run for governor. Rent is too damn high, but New York's problems are much bigger and deeper than that single, albeit important and perennial, issue.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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have mercy! that was funny! and the rent is too damn high!

Posted by: | October 19, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

If he was white, no one would be laughing.....they'd be calling him something else.

Posted by: ohioan | October 19, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The rent is nuts - and so were six out of the seven candidates on stage at Hofstra last night. The seventh just had a great time sitting back and looking normal.

Posted by: seabelly1 | October 19, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Comedy central was last night's debate.
I wanted Carl Paladino to go after Prince Andrew, and bash Sheldon Silver too!

Not mockingly so, but to bring back some of the interest people took in his campaign when he was still feisty.

He took the "safe" road like Cuomo, and because of it status quo Cuomo will be NY's next governor. (Depressing thought.)

I think he was afraid of what the liberal press would do to him again if he dared mis-speak.

He's new and inexperienced, but I think his heart is in the right place and if elected will truly try and change what Albany has become. JUST AWFUL!

I'll stick by you Carl, get your mojo back and go show em how it's done!

Posted by: scook2 | October 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

An Admiral Stockdale for our times!

Posted by: Illini | October 19, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

If that line does not stick in your brain, you are probably brain dead. How can you not repeat "the rent is too damn high" hundreds of times?

Posted by: Martial | October 20, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Jonathon; all,

personally, if i lived in NY state, it would be Jimmy McMillian who would get my vote. = it's past time for a decent & honorable man, who has some common sense, to be sitting in the governor's chair in Albany (i was once stationed there. = nice town!). = Mr McMillian is definitely "the pick of the litter" of the 7 people, who are running for the office.

imho, it is long past time to dump all the professional politicians from their positions of power & start over with a new crowd. heaven knows that any new group of ordinary citizens could not make a bigger hash of the nation that the coven of lunatics, crooks, idiots, shyster lawyers & outright criminals that have those positions now.

note to all: if you are as disgusted as i am with the creeps, cretins & crooks that fill "public positions of influence", come join the TEA PARTY PATRIOTS & help us fix the mess that the professionals have made of our nation.

sincerely yours, Retired MP46

Posted by: retiredMP46 | October 20, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Now then, how many times has the thought "the rent is too damn high" entered your head over the past twenty-four hours?

Posted by: Martial | October 20, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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