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.
| October 19, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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