Pat Paulsen for President

He’s back, and still better than all the rest.

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February 9th, 2008 · 16 Comments


In 1968, the landscape of our nation’s political environment was about to change dramatically. In the volatile atmosphere of that election year, during a time of political unrest and cynicism, Pat Paulsen talking to Bobby Kennedy in Los Angeles, 1968one man emerged on the political scene and forever changed the way we look at campaign politics. Pat Paulsen, with the face of a desperate Basset Hound and the body of a lumpy toothpick, appeared as if out of nowhere.

Who was this quiet, soft-spoken son of a Norwegian immigrant, whom Hubert Humphrey angrily accused of causing his loss in the 1968 election, whom Bobby Kennedy called “ruthless”, who turned American politics on its head, and paved the way for a new generation of presidential candidates?

This is a look at the self-proclaimed “common, ordinary, simple savior of America’s destiny.” Our one hour television special offers 40 years of historical perspective, presenting candid and insightful observations from past and present political figures, news anchors, pundits, celebrities and friends.

Pat Paulsen: Was he too dumb to be elected….or too honest to be trusted?

Tags: Comedy · News · Politics

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sally Rauch // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:22 am

    We’re SOOOO excited to have a chance to see Pat again. He’s been sorely missed especially on the present political scene. Who does he have in mind for a running mate???

  • 2 Mary Ellen Murphy // Jan 25, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Can’t wait to see the Prime Time TV Special!!!
    Should be a great hit! Please let us know when!
    Thanks! Mary Ellen Murphy, Sarasota Florida.

  • 3 Jenny Wiener // Jan 25, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I need a dose of Pat! I think it would be great to see a Prime Time Pat Special to run right before a dreaded debate. Keep us posted!
    Bedford, NY

  • 4 Kent Perkins // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    This election is getting way too serious. We need a flashback to a better time. A time when Pat Paulsen made us realize the whole thing is a great big joke.

    United we sit.


  • 5 Marshal Love, M. D. // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    – – – hey, where can I find some of those hilarious clips of the first guy I ever voted for in a Presidential race? I was in New Hampshire then, was it ’68???? and I think Pat came in 2nd place there.

    “What the world needs now is Pat, more Pat.”

  • 6 Ruth Buzzi // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Pat, I miss those phone calls. But I know you’re busy.

    Let me know when I can see you back on the tube, okay?

    Love, Ruthie

  • 7 Shari Martin // Jan 26, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    This kind of show would cause me to turn on my television.

  • 8 Phyllis and Dick Bookler // Jan 27, 2008 at 5:55 am

    We are so excited to think that we’ll be able to see Pat on TV again. We now know that we have a good and decent candidate. Pat is and was always the best. We need him!!!

    Love, Phyllis and Dick

  • 9 Bill Martin // Jan 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Having seen all the candidates I have come to the only possible conclusion: “Deader is Better!”
    If this show was on I would go down to the store on Main street and watch it through the window.

  • 10 Stanley Rosenthal // Feb 5, 2008 at 12:46 am

    I’ll never forget when he got up to supposedly annonce and he said like “I will not run for President before it’s time” and his wristwatch alarm went off and he said like “Oh, it’s time!!!! I’m running for President!”.

    IMHO Steve Colbert’s run was a total ripoff of Paulen’s many runs.

  • 11 Stanley Rosenthal // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Here’s another typical rip-off of Paulsen’s runs for President: Goldwater/Miller ’08 –

  • 12 David Kelly // Feb 22, 2008 at 3:56 am

    A life long candidate and beyond. A candidate for all times. Pat Paulsen write in for president.

  • 13 Tom Jackson // Mar 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    We have so frequently voted for people who turned out to be dead wrong that we might as well vote for a candidate who is actually deceased. Pat would be certain to follow the first point of the Hippocratic Oath: “First, do no harm.”

  • 14 Bill McClellan // Apr 16, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let us know the air date – We’ve had enough of Moe, Larry and Curly…

  • 15 Dave Snigier // Jul 7, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    They say the best things have seriousness and comic relief. This is what made Pat so appealing to all.

  • 16 David // Mar 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    that was poor Pat’s problem: he was just too honest to be trusted, & God knows we can’t have that in politics! 🙁

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