Saturday, June 26, 2010

Reykjavik votes None of the Above

Back in the mid-80s, an aging minor league baseball pitcher took the political world by storm and shook up politics by running for Mayor of New York City under the premise of having city residents vote for "none of the above." Monty's true goal was to blow through $30 million in 30 days in order to inherit $300 million.

Apparently, the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland picked up the gauntlet laid down by Monty Brewster. In May, the city of 320,000 elected comedian Jon Gnarr as mayor and gave his 6 Best party (get it) 6 seats on the 15-member city council. Gnarr and his fellow Best Party members (described as a who's who of the Icelandic punk rock scene) now must figure out a way to deliver on their campaign promises of a polar bear display for the zoo, free towels at public swimming pools and Disneyland at the airport. Oh...he also pledged a drug-free Parliament by 2020, but lets not get crazy.

One way Gnarr will not be fulfilling those promises, is by working with anyone who has not watched all 5 season of The Wire, as he has wisely made that a predicate to any member wishing to join his coalition. Wise move. A wiser move was probably the campaign video below. Well played, Mayor Gnarr. Very well played.

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