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Roseanne Barr for President: Comedienne Running as Green Party Candidate on Anti-bullsh*t Platform

Posted on the 03 February 2012 by Periscope @periscopepost
Roseanne Barr for president: Comedienne running as Green Party candidate on anti-bullsh*t platform

Roseanne Barr in 2012! Photo credit: Monterey Media,

As if Donald Trump’s truncated bid for the Republican nomination wasn’t weird enough, now, TV comedienne Roseanne Barr is throwing her hat into the ring – she’s seeking the Green Party’s nomination for the 2012 presidential election.

Barr’s official campaign slogan, as revealed on Twitter, appears to be “Vote for me, I’ll fix this sh*t!” This is pretty much par for the course for the star of the Emmy-winning Roseanne, which aired from 1988 until 1997: After all, this is the woman who married Tom Arnold and now runs a 46-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii.

According to the Associated Press, the Domestic Goddess filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on January 25 seeking the Green Party’s nomination, and has since been affirmed as a candidate. She faces three other candidates, including a San Diego air quality inspector born in Papua New Guinea. In a statement discussing the move, she claimed that she is a longtime supporter of the Green Party and that the two main political parties “are not doing what’s in the best interest of the American people”. In a candidate’s questionnaire submitted to the Green Party, she said, “I will barnstorm American living rooms. Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election.”

“i will use the powers of the presidency to make sure that every american has a job and free health care,” she tweeted to a follower. “I’m a Jew, you dirty stupid goat f*cker,” she tweeted to another. And finally, to a twitter follower offering to be her running mate, “you would not make it through the green party vetting process. You have to be hot.”

“I will barnstorm American living rooms,” she said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party. “Mainstream media will be unable to ignore me, but more importantly they will be unable to overlook the needs of average Americans in the run-up to the 2012 election.”

Her platform. Barr has, during her announcement that she would run for president on the Green “Tea” Party ticket in 2010 and on Twitter, explained aspects of her platform. Those include: Instituting a “#Europeanstyle” single-payer healthcare within the first 100 days of her term; forgive all credit card and mortgage debt by “kicking out” the Federal Reserve; making war illegal and pot legal; include more women in government; and outlaw “bullsh*t”. She also wants to reshape American diets to include more nut proteins (she does own a nut farm, after all); pursue “financial terrorists”, whoever those are; and fight for gay rights.

“my hope is that america can return to the brilliant middle of the road away from all of these idealogues& radical extremists on both sides!” tweeted Roseanne.

Is she serious? Maybe not, pointed out Sarah Anne Hughes on The Washington Post’s Celebritology blog: “Does the sitcom queen really expect to be nominated? Not so much. She wrote on Twitter, ‘I run in support of The Green Party & probably of Jill Stein—hopefully I can be of service by speaking on media about a viable choice 4 voters.’ A Vice President Barr also doesn’t seem to be in the cards: ‘jill has already named a vice. i’m just in it to support the greens and their fine american message.’”

A ‘compelling argument’. Emma Carmichael, writing at Gawker, noted that Barr’s platform likely “will endear her to both sitcom nostalgics and the far left” and that her slogan makes a “compelling argument”. Of one of Barr’s campaign promises, to “outlaw bullsh*t”, Carmichael cheered, “Hear, hear. Fix this sh*t, Roseanne.”

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  • Perry forgets policy at GOP debate
  • Obama hates Christmas, says Rick Perry

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