He is founder and CEO of The Rent is 2 Damn High Party
I love this guy. Like, right in the face. From The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell:
The man who managed to overshadow Carl Paladino will join us as a guest on tonight’s show. Now, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High Party is the new “it” guy in New York State politics.
He totally upstaged the two main contenders in last night’s gubernatorial face-off. McMillan won the state over with such memorable lines as “Listen! Someone’s child’s stomach just growled. Did you hear it? You gotta listen like me….The rent is too damn high!”
Seated between the two leading candidates donning a festive tie and black gloves, McMillan simply spoke the truth, declaring that New York City “rent is just too damn high.” In fact, that’s what his entire platform is solely based on.
Here are his views on other important issues facing Americans, from Gawker:
- On the deficit: “It’s like a cancer. It will heal itself.“
- On negative campaigning: “As a karate expert, I will not talk about anyone up here.“
- On gay marriage: “The Rent Is 2 Damn High Party feels if you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you.“
- On… Jesus, I have no clue what prompted this one: “We plan to bulldoze some of those mountains in Upstate to make New York an independent state. I want my own cable company; I want my own telephone company.“
- On the rent: Too damn high.
MCMILLAN/FREE RENT 2012!
Here’s his campaign song:
Crying Out Loud by maxread
Now we know what he has to say, but what does his cat have to say?
Honestly, with the politics in Oklahoma being a choice between fucking crazy and fucking crazier, I may just write him in here.
I wonder if he’d come to Oklahoma.
@soonergrunt: He was a door gunner in the 1st Cav, maybe you could get him a ride in a Blackhawk!
Khârn the Betrayer
I haven’t paid rent in millenia- the rates are actually super-high in the Eye of Terror, but nobody’s tried to collect from me yet. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I’m not gonna question it either. As such, the campaign of Mr. McMillan doesn’t do too much for me. What are his positions on blood-thirsty rampages?
Rents not so high in Oklahoma, is it?
While I don’t know if I would appreciate his views on gay marriage, I do think that “If you want to marry a shoe, I’ll marry you” is pretty funny.
I’m not a “no one should be married in the state’s eyes” libertarian, but that bit can be read as a good admonishment to people who natter on about the legitimacy other people’s relationships, people who should probably think hard about how much some person you don’t know getting married REALLY affects you as an individual, or Western civilization, or whatever.
Gay marriages should be recognized because otherwise, government is narrowly defining a free association based not on the interest of society in that association, but on pure religious bias.
The philosophy I take is akin to Tom Jefferson’s quite learned view on religion in civil society. Jefferson stated that it didn’t make much difference to him whether his neighbor believed in thirty gods or no god, as, in his words, “it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
“If you want to marry a shoe” isn’t too distant.
@stuckinred: Huey is more fun. The Blackhawk can do all sorts of stuff that would get you killed in a Huey, but the ‘hawk doesn’t have a hell-hole seat.
@brent: Nope. Rent is cheap here. OKC is the least expensive metro to live in in the country.
But the people are all crazy assholes.
@soonergrunt: I loved flying over the roads I was usually driving convoy’s on in Huey’s, Caribou not so much.
@stuckinred: We used Chinooks in Afghanistan a lot, especially where I was up in the mountains in eastern Afghanistan. The ‘hawks just don’t have the power to go up hot and high like the Chinooks do.
@soonergrunt: I never got to fly in a hook, They don’t have flying cranes anymore do they?
John Scalzi wrote a fun short story for this election about a human trying to get elected in his majority-alien neighborhood. Cute and definitely worth a read.
So, Angry Black Lady, last we heard from you, you were going to fly to the Sanity rally in DC.
Did you make it? Could you get in? Or did you just spend all your time in your hotel room drinking and doing other things?
Where I teach, we talk about the “bubble” where students have no idea what’s going on in the world outside the walls of the school.
But oddly, many have heard of the Rent Is Too Damned High Party, and we use it in our discussions of third parties,
Congratulations, Mr. McMillan.
But I’m afraid I won’t be joining you until you address the issue of high mortgage payments…
@stuckinred: All the flying cranes, like the old Tarhe CH-54 were retired and sold off. You see them in civilian paint now.
My 15 y/o son is begging me to vote for Jimmy. He needed an excuse for school, and was pissed that we wouldn’t explain his absence by informing the teacher that “the rent is too damned high”.
Angry Black Lady
@monkeyboy: I made it and had a blast. Met some online people for the first time. Drank a lot at my friends’ condo in Georgetown. The usual shenanigans. I’m en route back to LA as we speak. Waving to those below.
He sure doesn’t look like the guy who played for Columbia in the ’60’s and the Knicks in the ’70s.
JMC in the ATL
ABL, is your hootie hoo a Carla reference?
I met this man on the street in Hells Kitchen last week. He was really nice and funny too. Explaining the correct way to say his party:
It is “The Rents Too (breathe) DAMN High”
Angry Black Lady
@JMC in the ATL: It’s an outkast reference! It’s the black siren song.
Guys, before you join the Jimmy McMillan fan club, you should probably be aware of his “Jewish problem”:
He does live in Hymietown…
But Maximus, it’s the same problem everyone has with Teh Jews, isn’t it? The rootlessness, the cosmopolitanism, and so on, and so forth… I mean, my goodness – after all this time, you’d think that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion would have answered these questions once and for all…
Paul in KY
I think he could teach muggle history at Hogwarts (he needs to get in touch with the filmmakers).