CHAMPAIGN, IL (BC) – BC Magazine editor and columnist John Bambenek announced today his candidacy for President of the United States in 2020 from his home in Champaign, Illinois. Bambenek said he will embrace a new kind of politics after the bitter partisanship that is likely to reign after the next three presidential terms.
Bambenek is most known for his brief appearance on the Daily Show in a segment called Aclockaplyse Now on the change in Daylight Savings Time. He is hoping to capitalize on early media appearances and his blog, Part-Time Pundit, to help catapult his campaign.
“It is time Americans come together to put behind us the politics of personal destruction and to build a better future for our children”, said Bambenek in announcing his candidacy. “We know no matter who is the President for the next three terms; their administration will be mired with corruption, cronyism, and partisan politics.”
While criticized for announcing his candidacy for an election that is over 13 years away, Bambenek said one can never start campaign too early as campaigns in recent years have already started before the last term of the current President even started. Bambenek points to Senator Barack Obama who started campaigning for President for the 2008 election in 2002 before even being elected to the Senate.
Bambenek pledged to bring a fresh face and ideas to the White House after what will likely be 12 years of political darkness where voters are shut out of the decision-making process. The current candidates for the 2008 election are focused on their disagreements with President George W. Bush. Campaigning this far out allows voters to focus on the big picture, according to Bambenek.
Bambenek, a staunch paleoconservative, has found unlikely support in the form of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat, who has introduced legislation to move the 2020 primary election forward to be held simultaneously with the 2008 general election. Currently the states of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina hold primaries early in 2020.
“These states are… clearly not as representative of America as Illinois would be,” Madigan said believing that a primary 12 years before the general election would allow voters to get behind one candidate and focus on the issues.
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, also a Democrat, said he would endorse such legislation since it does help an Illinois resident get out ahead in the long campaign for the Presidency.
However, Bambenek’s campaign is not without its controversy already. C-list blogger, Archpundit has come out to declare that Bambenek’s campaign is really a Trojan horse for the Intelligent Design movement, despite a lack of any evidence to indicate that. Wikipedia founder Jim Wales would not comment on the Bambenek campaign saying, “Wikipedia has a thorough censoring policy on John Bambenek.”
Bambenek said he is beyond the childish personal attacks that characterize the campaign trail and is looking forward to the long campaign and discussing issues with voters.