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    Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    The Saturday Profile - Icelander?s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He?s Elected - Biography - NYTimes.com

    A polar bear display for the zoo. Free towels at public swimming pools. A “drug-free Parliament by 2020.” Iceland’s Best Party, founded in December by a comedian, Jon Gnarr, to satirize his country’s political system, ran a campaign that was one big joke. Or was it? Last month, in the depressed aftermath of the country’s financial collapse, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner in Reykjavik’s elections, with 34.7 percent of the vote, and Mr. Gnarr — who also promised a classroom of kindergartners he would build a Disneyland at the airport — is now the fourth mayor in four years of a city that is home to more than a third of the island’s 320,000 people.

    In his acceptance speech he tried to calm the fears of the other 65.3 percent. “No one has to be afraid of the Best Party,” he said, “because it is the best party. If it wasn’t, it would be called the Worst Party or the Bad Party. We would never work with a party like that.” With his party having won 6 of the City Council’s 15 seats, Mr. Gnarr needed a coalition partner, but ruled out any party whose members had not seen all five seasons of “The Wire.”

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    With that, Mr. Gnarr took office last week, hoping to serve out a full, four-year term, and the new government granted free admission to swimming pools for everyone under 18. Its plans include turning Reykjavik, with its plentiful supply of geothermal energy, into a hub for electric cars. “Just because something is funny doesn’t mean it isn’t serious,” said Mr. Gnarr, whose foreign relations experience includes a radio show in which he regularly crank-called the White House, the C.I.A., the F.B.I. and police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet.
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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Now if only Stephan Colbert won an election.

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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Super trolls will be the new generation of super politicians.

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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Icelanders must be really craving new leadership
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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Icelanders must be really craving new leadership
    He is in the "Best Party" not the worst party how can they go wrong

    But yes Iceland is changing it's political leadership landscape
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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Heck, he probably won't be any worse than most politicians.

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    Re: Icelander’s Campaign Is a Joke, Until He’s Elected

    Do they have electronic voting without paper trails in Iceland? If so, that explains it all.
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