Sci-Fi Fodder

I Wish There Was a Sci-Fi Presidential Candidate

I am typically very interested in Presidential races. I pick a candidate, root for them in the primaries and follow their campaign thoughout the season. This year, it's different.

You see, the problem is that I really don't like any of the candidates. None of them! Hilary will raise my taxes. McCain lost me when he was berating Romney on the meaning of 'timetable' in a debate. Huckabee is too much "...we're all in this together" sappyness. And Obama, well, he really doesn't seem to say anything (although he looks good doing it).

I don't want to vote for any of them.

So, I got to thinking - who *would* I vote for? For the sake of argument, here is an extended ballot:

Thomas Whitmore (from "Independance Day")

He may be a bit inexperienced, but he sure did well facing an alien invasion. Here is his defining speech:

..."Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

David Palmer (from ''24'')

David Palmer oozes leadership. None of the current candidates could command any attention at all if David was in the room. However, to be fair, Jack Bauer saved his legacy several times. Sure...he's dead now, but should that really disqualify him? His dead body exudes more leadership than our current crop of candidates.

James Dale (from ''Mars Attacks!')'

When I think of President Dale, I think of pragmatism. Witness this quote, after the Martians destroyed Congress: ''...I want the people to know that they still have two out of three branches of the government working for them, and that ain't bad.'' Not bad indeed. That attitude trumps anything that I have seen from the current set of candidates.

Zaphod Beeblebrox (from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")

Zaphod may be the perfect present day candidate. He has no real agenda and is a bona fide celebrity! His antics would keep the government (and the media) occupied, while the rest of us could feel safe that he wasn't screwing anything up. Besides, he knows where his towel is.

Laura Roslin (from "Battlestar Galactica")

Is there a tougher candidate out there? Sure, some people may not appreciate Roslin's close ties to the military, or her use of the Airlock for prisoners of war, but you cannot deny that she has provided strong, effective leadership in a time of crisis.

Roslin is the only candidate on this list that has an actual running mate selected. From Glarkware, you can pick up your very own Roslin/Airlock '08 T-shirt for use while campaigning. I suspect it will be a big hit this fall!

So, where is my vote? If I could pick, I think Roslin would support the Fair Tax, figure out a solution to immigration and project a strong image to the rest of the world. She's the candidate that I would support!