It's mid-term election day across the United States and if you haven't voted yet, you better be a convicted felon or a minor. It's your civic duty, you get a free sticker, and more than likely it'll only take five minutes to cast your ballot, unless you vote straight ticket and you just push a button.
For the occasion, we culled together our favorite fake politicians. Fake politicians? That's a little redundant right? You know what we mean. The fake ones from television and film are the way we wish our own boring elected officials would act. Remember Jimmy Stewart's Mr. Smith, the most human and honest candidate ever? Why can't we breed a race of those guys?
Shaking babies, kissing hands and making sweetly scripted speeches full of funny asides is what we need now more than ever. Why can't they all be President Skroob from Spaceballs? He had his own salute.
Here they are, in order from disturbed to absurd, after the jump.
Bob Roberts Remember Tim Robbins' Renaissance-man candidate from this 1992 film? It came right around Bill Clinton's first election win.
Jack Tanner Jack Tanner was a fictional presidential candidate created by Garry Trudeau and director Robert Altman. The series, Tanner '88, was a modest hit and opened up the doors for more cinema-verite style drama. The best thing about Tanner was his supposed cabinet. Ralph Nader was to be his attorney general.
Jack Stanton Primary Colors was the hottest book in the mid-'90s, supposedly a thinly-masked allegory to the first Clinton presidential run. John Travolta did the story one better and played Stanton as a heavy-set, Southern-drawling, graying oaf.
Dave Kovic Dave remains one of Kevin Kline's most endearing turns, as Dave Kovic, the man thrust into the limelight after he's hired covertly to be the President's stand-in after the real one has a stroke while having an affair. Sigourney Weaver is pretty smoking in this one too.
President Skroob Why can't all presidents be as cool as Mel Brooks?
President Head Of Richard Nixon Nixon comes back bodiless to run the country after decades of frozen slumber.
Mayor Quimby This Kennedy gag is one of the most enduring characters on The Simpsons. Chow-dair? It's chow-dah.
Senator Palpatine The dude could shoot energy out of his hands. What can you do, Harry Reid?
Mayor Adam West Easily the most inept, abstract mayor in television history, besides the mayor from Adult Swim's Tom Goes To Mayor...
Mayor McCheese We want a candidate that will cut taxes, secure our borders, get the Middle East situation in line, and taste damned delicious after a night at the bar.
Mayor Goldie Wilson
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Senator John "Bluto" Blutarsky
President Jed Bartlett
Mayor Randall Winston
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