December 28, 2003


The Washington Post reports:

In less than three weeks, registered Democrats and Statehood Green Party members in the District will get a chance to cast their ballots in something called a Presidential Preference Primary Election.

The sample Democratic ballot, though reduced in size by no-shows, contains some names that should be familiar to local party members. FormerVermont governor Howard Dean's name is first on the list of 11 candidates. Democrats will also find the names of the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and former senator and ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. Lyndon LaRouche, listed number nine, has chosen this year to run as a Democrat. The last name on the Democratic list is that of Vermin Supreme, a candidate about whom we have heard and know nothing.

One way to find out about people (or vermin) is to type their names into a search engine.

(Via contributor J.F. Beck, who hears and knows all.)

Posted by Tim Blair at December 28, 2003 12:44 AM

I think Vermin Supreme is being satirical, but I can't tell for sure any more.

Posted by: John Nowak at December 28, 2003 at 02:26 AM

With Lyndon LaRouche and Al Sharpton on the ballot as serious candidates, it has become impossible to satirize the Democratic primary.

Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at December 28, 2003 at 04:45 AM

The Democratic Party:

From serious political party to comedy act in four short years.

Posted by: David Crawford at December 28, 2003 at 06:10 AM

I find it sadly unfunny. Lyndon LaRouche running as a Democrat? Pretty much says it all about the current state of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: scott h. at December 28, 2003 at 06:19 AM

Oops, I thought LaRouche used to be a right wing independent loony. Nevermind.

Posted by: scott h. at December 28, 2003 at 06:45 AM

With the Republicans actually following an anti-fascist platform, LaRouche had no choice but to go Democrat.

Posted by: John Nowak at December 28, 2003 at 08:15 PM

Lyndon LaRouche first ran for President as a Democrat in 1972. He even got some reasonable coverage and ran, I think, a 30-minute spot for the New Hampshire primary. His followers (usually called Larouchies) hijacked the Illinois Democratic ticket in around 1984 (all except the governor's spot, won by long-time decent man Adlai Stevenson III, one of the last really good Democrats) by running good, Anglo-sounding names (Hart, White) against a bunch of names like Sangmeister, Pucinski, etc. in a *very* low turnout primary. This led to the domination of elected state offices in Illinois for the following two decades.

As near as I can tell, LaRouche is not a bit goofier than Kucinich. He does appear to believe that the international drug trade is run by Queen Elizabeth II and the Windsor family and that they have a redoubt on Mars. Hey, it's at least as likely as some of the stuff Pilger, Drabble, Kingston, et al spew!

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at December 29, 2003 at 03:49 AM