It’s a long time until Election Day in New York City, but clearly the best candidate is Jimmy McMillan of The Rent is Too Damn High Party.
McMillan ran in the Democratic primaries for governor in 2010 but failed, despite strong debate performances, to win the nomination. The problem was that beyond lowering the rent, his major position was to allow people to marry their shoes. It’s an interesting policy innovation, but somehow didn’t seem to directly address the serious problems facing the state.
He’s back, and his video — which seems to be loosely modeled on the training montage in Rocky — does not disappoint. It’s especially impressive considering the fact that McMillan seems to have almost no musical ability.
Beyond the comedy, McMillan is talking about the serious issue of middle class and the working poor surviving in New York City. There is a method — and a reason — to the madness.
Below is Connie Francis’ Nixon’s the One, a well done song from the 1968 campaign. It sound sums up 1960s establishment America perfectly, and the images are very interesting — though they were not compiled by a fan. Elvis and Johnny Cash make cameos.
TDMB yesterday marked the 78th birthday of Elvis Presley. Today, it turns out, is the centennial of Richard Nixon.
It is fairly well known that the two icons met in the White House on December 21, 1970. There is a famous photo of the meeting. Above and below are other shots taken by White House photographer Oliver Atkins.
The two others in the photo above are Sonny West and Jerry Schilling. I believe West is next to Nixon. In the photo below (or after the jump inside), Nixon looks at Presley’s cuff links. The third man in the photo is Egil Krogh, who ended up going to jail for authorizing the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office.