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Gaddafi Found Running for Republican Nomination

[by Andy Borowitz of The Borowitz Report]

Libyan Madman Turns Up in New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH (The Borowitz Report) – The mystery surrounding Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts was resolved today as the dictator announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire.

In announcing his candidacy, the Libyan madman joins a Republican field which is believed to number in excess of seven hundred candidates.

While some New Hampshire Republicans seemed surprised to see Col. Gaddafi shaking hands and kissing babies at the Concord town hall, an aide to the Libyan strongman said his transformation to GOP candidate made perfect sense.

“In those final days in Tripoli he was becoming increasingly disconnected from reality,” said the aide. “So I think he’ll fit right in.”

Mr. Gaddafi, dressed in his trademark yellow turban and matching robe, got mixed reviews in his first appearance on the campaign trail, with some New Hampshire citizens saying that his six-hour stump speech was badly in need of pruning.

Additionally, some felt that his rhetoric needed to be toned down, especially his closing line about fighting for the Republican nomination “until the last drop of blood.”

But others gave him high marks for his grasp of history and geography, which most agreed was stronger than Michele Bachmann’s.

Perhaps underscoring the challenges that lie ahead for Mr. Gaddafi in his quest for the GOP nod, current polls show him in the back of the pack, leading former Senator Rick Santorum but trailing the pizza guy.

“Unfortunately for Muammar Gaddafi, he might be out of step with the current crop of Republican candidates,” one pollster said. “There’s a perception that he’s too moderate.”



  1. A REGULAR READER wrote:

    FWIW, I often share Political Irony posts with others in my ‘politically mixed’ group of friends. But I never share Borowitz’ shtick–too cheesy!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Permalink
  2. David Freeman wrote:

    ARR – Give Borowitz another chance. You may like his nonpolitical satire. If you’re a fan of Emily Dickinson you have to read “Emily Dickinson, Jerk of Amherst”. You can find it free with a search in

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Permalink
  3. A REGULAR READER wrote:

    David Freeman: No second chance needed. I read Borowitz all the time–when left-leaning friends share his work–and I chuckle. But I wouldn’t disseminate his stuff with my politically mixed group of friends in the same way I do with Political Irony posts. Too lefty-cheesy–as this Gaddafi shtick proves.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey, reg reader, if your right leaning friends are like mine they share BS about Hitler/Moslem/Despot/Obama and World puppet master Soros with you, and frankly, this Borowitz satire is closer to the truth then any of that.

    Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink
  5. A REGULAR READER wrote:

    Anonymous: I doubt Cartoon Conservatives such as your friends would be persuaded or affected by much of anything–whether it’s Borowitz’ shtick or Political Irony’s higher minded fare.

    Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 7:20 am | Permalink