Jewish Journal

Move over, Donald: Rosanne Barr officially files presidential bid

by Jonah Lowenfeld

February 3, 2012 | 3:35 pm

Image courtesy roseanneworld.com

Unlike Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who is coyly flirting with a run for a Congressional seat in New Jersey, Jewish comedienne Roseanne Barr appears to be “quite serious” in her quest to be the Green Party’s nominee for President of the United States.

Barr filed the necessary papers on with the Federal Election Commission, according to ABC News, and garnered 29 percent of the votes in a poll on a Green Party website, the Washington Post reported.

She’s running on a platform that is anti-war, pro-hemp, pro-women and anti-bull____.

Many wonder if Barr, who sang Hatikvah on camera last year because Jewish Journal Arts and Entertainment Editor Naomi Pfefferman asked her to, might just be doing it for the publicity. After all, she did just sell a pilot to NBC.

“This could just be a preshow blitz for her,” a Republican campaign strategist told the Christian Science Monitor. “After all, the big reward for aspiring politicians these days is not a slot on the ticket, but a TV show. Just look at Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin.”

Barr is no fan of Palin’s—see “ten million bitches march”—but she might conceivably be taking a page out of that politician-turned-reality-TV-star’s handbook. After all, when Barr first outlined her platform on her website in 2010, she said she would also run this year for prime minister of Israel. On the “green tea party ticket.”

Again: Barr says she’s 100 percent serious.

“I will barnstorm American living rooms,” Barr said in a candidate questionnaire submitted to the Green Party, the Associated Press reports. “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.”

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