Why everyone here should support a Republican for Congress in MD-8

After the mess of the Bush years and the Republican idiocy in Congress, it’s hard to imagine a situation in which a progressive would really, strongly support a Republican.  But today is the day for me.

Murray Hill is just more than the typical candidate.  Murray Hill represents something more than anyone could hope to represent.  Young, an interesting background, and new to politics – these days, who wants to reelect an incumbent?

If you’re not convinced, join me below the fold.  I think even the most partisan Democrats out there will be convinced that Murray Hill is a great candidate.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Murray Hill is a corporation?

Murray Hill, Inc. has decided to run for Congress in the Republican primary in Maryland’s eighth congressional district.  This is just about as good as when those ficus plants ran for Congress.

Says the Washington Post:

After the Supreme Court declared that corporations have the same rights as individuals when it comes to funding political campaigns, the self-described progressive firm took what it considers the next logical step: declaring for office…

…”This really wasn’t part of a marketing plan for ourselves,” Hensal said. “It’s an opportunity to see this court opinion play out to its logical conclusion.”

In the meantime, Murray Hill is looking to franchise — and found its first taker: Computer Umbrella of Sterling. The company is planning to run in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

After all, if a corporation has the right to spend unlimited money due to their personhood, then why can’t they actually run for office.  I mean, if a person has a lot of money, they get listened to – and voted for, if they desire – even if their ideas are crap.  Just ask Karl Marx about that.

So I’m not actually going to support Murray Hill Inc. beyond this diary, but this is a great idea.  It’s straight out of Ralph Nader’s new novel, in which a bunch of corporations run for office.

The poor guy might not even be able to get on the ballot.  You’ve got to be 25 to get into Congress and a registered Republican to get into their primary.  But corporations get special rights already, so why not just give this aspect of elections to them, as well?

And check out their new ad.



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    • TMC on March 15, 2010 at 02:53

    I don’t think that the majority in the SOTUS ruling was aware of the “monster” that they might have created. But then again, perhaps that was their purpose.

    • Edger on March 15, 2010 at 03:13

    Murray Hill is a self described progressive PR firm doing this as a way of trying to force another SC ruling on whether the SC really meant for corporations to be treated as people.

    It’s a very satirical way of shining light on the ridiculousness of the SC ruling, I think.

    As Jared Keller at The Atlantic Wire noted back in early February: “Of course, the irony is all too apparent. Murray Hill Inc. is pushing the law to its extremes to bring the case before SCOTUS–a tactic liberals have used before in Roe v. Wade. While the Murray Hill campaign is in its infancy, Maryland 08 is beginning to look like the race to watch for the 2010 midterm elections.

  1. Registered presidential candidates have often included dogs, cats, birds but I only heard of one robot.

    As nearly as one can tell, Congress is today filled with Republican robots.

    Why not a corporation?  Who needs humans anyway?

    Best,  Terry

    • Arctor on March 16, 2010 at 16:52

    primaries in 2010 and 2012 in EVERY Congressional district in this country. We are all so big on CHOICE, let’s have a real frackin democracy here for a change!

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