Pat Paulsen for President

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June 1st, 2008 · 12 Comments

A tense election year. A volatile atmosphere. America at war. Unrest and cynicism. Racial tension. A nation in turmoil cries out for hope and change. One man answers the call. The year is 1968. The man is Pat Paulsen.

Did Pat Paulsen win the 1968 election? Was there a conspiracy to cover up the number of actual write-in votes? Why was Paulsen forced to appear on national television to denounce his own candidacy? Was this voter suppression? Was this censorship at its height? The Washington Post refused to run his ad asking for write-in votes. Their reason: “We take our politics seriously”, to which Paulsen replied, “So do I.”This is a brief look at the life of the man who should have been President.

Tags: Comedy · News · Politics

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dennis & Mary Ellen Murphy // Mar 30, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Dennis and I have been following Pat Paulsen’s Career in politics and comedy (which is politics) and movies forever!!! We were thrilled to see Utube on his web!!!! It brought goose bumps and even tears to remember those years!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!
    Dennis & Mary Ellen Murphy, Sarasota, Fla.

  • 2 Ellen Draper // Mar 30, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Fabulous! Outstanding! Oscar winning material!

  • 3 devorah harris // Mar 30, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    This is so well done!
    I was lucky enough on a few occassions
    to glimpse into the true nature of this earth loving,talented man………………….his gift at making people laugh was unlike any others.

    Keeping his memory living here on earth is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

  • 4 Roger Green // Mar 31, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Love the piece, esp. the Classical Gas segment. I first heard both Pat and Mason Williams’ Classical Gas on the Smothers Brothers show.

  • 5 Bruce // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I keep thinking about what a great ticket Obama/Paulsen would have made…

    This fine entertainer & social critic is still relevant & funny today. Pat was huge at my house back in the 60’s. To think he almost saved us from Richard Nixon!

  • 6 Ken Albin // Apr 11, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Absolutely beautiful video! Very well done. It shows Pat at his best during the campaign.

  • 7 Lee // May 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Terrific video! Thanks so much for this and good luck with the campaign.

  • 8 Eric Paulsen // Jul 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks im 26. Pat Paulsen ? never heard before.
    >>>>>>>>i dont wonder why “sarcasticly”

    “Our country is in cardiac arrest”
    Eric Paulsen

  • 9 Scott R. // Jul 14, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    In 1968 I was six years old, and my two favorite tv shows were Laugh-In and The Smothers Brothers. In these troubled times (as then) we need comedians more than ever. God bless Pat for all the joy and laughter he brought to so many people. Thanks for keeping his memory alive through the internet. I still campaign for him whenever possible.

  • 10 Brad // Aug 6, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I worked for Pat’s candidacy in ’68 in Texas. I still say it was a CIA cover-up that he did not win. Pat, to me, is still a breath of fresh air when I think of those days. Thanks for the memories, Pat. You will live forever.

  • 11 Doug Light // Aug 31, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Pat Paulsen was an inovative campaigner, using techniques that are being duplicated by candidates 40 years later. Senator Obama used concerts as a draw for younger voters. In ’68, the Paulsen campaign hosted a concert in Pueblo, Co., featuring a group called The First Edition (the front man was a little known rock singer named Kenny Rogers)…Wow! What a night! Pat got my support…I’d vote for him in November…

  • 12 Larry Carter Center // Dec 3, 2009 at 1:44 am

    If only Pat were alive in 2000 and 2004, he’d have said what needed to be said about Diebold and ES and S, the fake voting fraud machines. Pat Paulsen would not have blamed Nader for his defeat, Pat Paulsen would have snapped defeat himself out of the jaws of fake victory! Pat Paulsen would have reminded us of how in 1876, Hayes deposed Tilden by a similar renegade state of Florida, not to mention the Bush Crime Family ties to the Tallahassee Taliban Jeb Bushwacker.

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