Friday Nineties – Ross Perot was the original Trump

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Back in 1992, super rich guy Ross Perot ran for President against Bill Clinton and George Bush. He didn’t win but he did get a decent number of votes and Republicans love to say that it was Perot that cost Bush the election.  Actually, lots of people say that because it seems like something that would be true.  Except it wasn’t.  The Perot voters were split pretty much 50 / 50 between Bush and Clinton.  So in reality, having a third party candidate didn’t do anything except give people an alternative.

And we can’t have that, can we?

Maybe Trump won’t run as a third party, but if he does, the same angry people that voted for Perot will vote for him.  And I get that Trump is crazy.  But he is also all over the map politically, which most other people are too, if they are honest.  And anyone whose views don’t line up 100% with either party is a problem.

So watch how much people say Trump won’t be President. On both sides.  Then think about the fact that, 25 years later, we might end up with Bush vs. Clinton with a crazy rich guy thrown in for good measure.  Why wouldn’t we vote for the crazy rich guy?

I have run the site since 2005. And I have to say I am pretty damn proud of it. I wrote the book Whalewolf (sold on and am not even close to tired so I am just going to keep going. I was born in Portland, Maine and I currently live in New York and Charlotte, North Carolina. I keep hoping that at some point all these weird rebels are gonna say: "SURPRISE!" and act normal. Eight years and counting....


  1. Bigscrod wants cake
    August 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Except that I would have Ross Perot over for a cookout. He would bore the shit out of me, talking about supply side economics, but I wouldn’t have to worry about him trying to hit on my wife and insulting all the other guests.

    Come to think of it, maybe I would vote Trump. State dinners would be a hoot, at least one would probably end in fisticuffs.

  2. hoodchick
    August 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Scary, any way you look at it.

  3. Cider
    August 25, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    It’s true that he’s the original Trump, but just like the internet and political sex scandals were way less disgusting then, so was this crazy rich guy. Trump is one of the worst human beings ever. If I saw him in person I would physically assault him. That’s not even an exaggeration, you can put that in your databanks, NSA. I don’t care. He is the worst.

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