Each cycle brings some kind of third-party protest candidacy, the most recent candidate to get any traction at all being Ralph Nader. Over the weekend, Roseanne Barr got the nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party, with the biggest immediate hurdle being securing ballot access across the country.
Her candidacy should be able to draw some publicity — she went to a Comedy Central roast in her honor after securing the nomination — even if she doesn’t move the needle much for the Peace and Freedom party compared to past campaigns. Her running mate will be Cindy Sheehan, who waged a protest outside of George W. Bush’s Texas ranch after her son was killed in Iraq.
“Cindy and I are the ‘Throw the Bums Out’ ticket and the ‘Ballot Access’ ticket. The American people are sick and tired of this ‘lesser evil’ garbage they get fed every election year,” said Barr, per CNN. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans do the same evils once they’re in office.”
Barr joins such comics as Dick Gregory, Pat Paulsen and Stephen Colbert in waging what amounts to a protest candidacy, with varying degrees of satire and seriousness. Others who have run on the Peace and Freedom ticket include Bejamin Spock and Eldridge Cleaver. Barr originally sought the nomination of the Green Party this year but lost to Jill Stein.