Have you heard about Vermin Supreme? He’s the little-known 2012 presidential “candidate” who wears a boot on his head, drawing attention to his pro-Occupy message. And he just heckled Ron Paul in a big way.
Mock candidate Vermin Supreme guides Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul's, R-Texas, car out of the parking lot after a visit to a restaurant in Manchester, N.H., Monday morning, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
The Washington Times explains his latest stunt from Monday, which included calling Ron Paul a “chicken:”
Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire got off to a bizarre start here Monday when he was met by a bullhorn-toting man with a rubber boot on his head who challenged him and President Obama to a “panty-wrestling match to decide it all.”
The man, who goes by the name “Vermin Supreme” and is running for president, was waiting in the parking lot as the libertarian icon exited a local diner here and slowly inched his way through the media horde to his black SUV.
“Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul,” Vermin purred into the bullhorn, playfully taunting the 12-term Texas congressman. “You are surrounded by the media. The media owns you now.”
The bearded satirist apparently has been making the rounds here ahead of the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation primary and has run for multiple political offices over the years. And this year, his name appears on the presidential ballot.
As Mr. Paul made tried to make his exit from the parking lot Monday, Vermin Supreme stood smack in front of Mr. Paul’s SUV, slowly walking backward and waving the car forward out of the parking lot, as if challenging the massive vehicle to a duel.
“I know you don’t want to run me over,” he said into his megaphone. “That would be very bad. That would be very bad press.”
A member of the Paul team eventually boxed him out of the way, allowing Mr. Paul and his small entourage to escape.
“What are you, chicken, Ron Paul? Bok, bok, bok, bok, bok,“ the mock candidate bellowed out at the departing vehicle before playing the music from the ”Chicken Dance” through his trusty bullhorn.
So who is Vermin Supreme? The Times says he’s a local politics regular who has run for office in the past (references to his runs date back to 1988). An old Boston Globe article says his legal name is, in fact, Vermin Love Supreme. And his website describes his campaign like this:
In an election climate where candidates succeed by discouraging citizens from engaging in independent cognitive activity, repeat Candidate Vermin Love Supreme , (the only bona-fide American Presidential Candidate to actually donate a living organ,) has broken away from the rat pack.
Whatever public office he’s seeking, Vermin’s participation in electoral forums raises the critical questions that your run-of-the-mill apparatchicks will necessarily ignore. But once raised, these issues have refused to die.
His platform includes:
- Dental Hygiene Law
- Flying Monkey Public Safety Assurance Program
- Time Travel Research Funding
He recently took that message to a Democratic, yes Democratic, presidential forum. i09.com has more:
For the last several decades, boot-headed performance artist Vermin Supreme has been running for political office on the platforms of zombie awareness and mandatory dentifrice for all Americans.
Vermin “Love” Supreme — who sells himself as the biggest rat among a sea of rodent politicians — recently scored his biggest coup at the Lesser-Known Democratic Candidates Presidential Forum on December 19.
And you better believe there is video of that:
You can watch him explaining his campaign below, including the origin of his name and his platform (which does include a Hitler reference and free ponies):
The video description notes he was kicked out of a Rick Santorum event after he took the podium for 15 minutes.
Hey, he could just be the “Rent is Too Damn High” guy of this election.