I once voted for a rubber gorilla. In 2004. Not the gorilla pictured. The one I voted for was smiling.
Here's how it happened: I had just moved. A mayoral election was on. There were three candidates: a Democrat, a Republican, and a rubber gorilla. Well, the gorilla wasn't running exactly. My neighbor was running as an independent. The gorilla was in his back yard, overlooking a major road. Hung on the fence was a sign reading: "You'll go ape over my ideas!"
Now my neighbor was way behind in the polls. He really didn't have a chance. Even so, I like third party candidates. We need more of them. Fourth and fifth party candidates too. The more, the merrier. The two-party "system" is part of the problem. If we had more parties, perhaps people would actually have to work together, build coalitions, find common ground.
But I digress.
Having just moved here, I really didn't know much about the state of the city. I liked it enough to move here, but I really had no grip yet on local politics. From what I could gather, the election was standard fare.
Except for the rubber gorilla.
So the gorilla... I mean, my neighbor, got my vote that year. He didn't win. Not even close. Well, that's what I figured. No harm done. Maybe that was a good thing. A year or two later, he was arrested in a fairly big mob bust. I don't recall what came of that.
Even so, from a practical point of view, what does that matter? When you get right down to it, having the mayor live on my street would have had some real benefits. If I had a problem, I could just walk over and knock. I bet the plowing would have been a little better. Maybe the street sweepers would have come around more often. Maybe the potholes would get filled quicker. Maybe the police would have kept a closer eye on....
Oh, wait. Never mind that part. I guess they did.
But, as I said, no harm done. And I can forever say I voted for a rubber gorilla. Now that's worth something. Who says politics always have to be serious? Not me. I voted for an inflatable rubber gorilla.
With all the airbags in politics, one more couldn't hurt.