Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jon Huntsman, Stealth Weirdo

So rare in elections does a presidential candidate bring avant aesthetics into play. Last time around, antiwar Democrat turned Libertarian Mike Gravel made an inexplicable video in which he talk-sang "Helter Skelter" over some industrial electronica, while hamming in front of a green screen a la Public Access. Sure, (almost) no one saw it. And no one these days seems to really know who Mike Gravel is. But that's beside the point. Why did he make the video? It's a somewhat oblique comment on the the way history repeats itself: Vietnam, Iraq, we go again? Certainly, the video didn't hurt his chances.

This time around, it seems Republican bottom-of-the-Iowa-straw-poller Jon Huntsman has decided to let his freak flag fly on Twitter:

"I wonder if a tweet where I admit how much I like Captain Beefheart will make the followers skyrocket even more!"

Then he linked to this video of "Electricity":

Not that this persuades me to vote for him, but it is a breath of fresh air, nonetheless. Especially true when on the heels of his tweet about evolution:

"To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy."

Sad commentary that if you are a Republican who "believes in evolution," it then requires a disclaimer that you're also not crazy, but what a relief. (Hat tip to The American Book of the Dead.)

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