Sex and intellectualism mark the Irish presidential race. And one morally bankrupt candidate is putting on a show for the ages.
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Though Norris “hopes to” resume campaigning, he faces what Irishcentral.com calls “an uphill battle.” Before the scandal, his independent campaign was well-funded and wildly popular, and his path to getting on the ballot (similar to an American third-party candidate) was paved with gold. In the aftermath of the scandal, it seems he needs to secure a major party nomination. On Wednesday morning, Fianna Fáil — the last contending party without a nominee — announced that it would not endorse any candidate in the presidential election. It was a direct slap in the face to Norris.
If Norris still wants to run as an independent, he needs the signatures of 20 members of the Irish Parliament. Though he wittily refused to tell Ryan Tubridy how many signatures he’s obtained, it is speculated that he currently has about eleven. With the major parties blocking him from the ballot, he needs nine more from the remaining sixteen independent Parliament members. “There is a feeling in political circles,” Tubridy ventured on the Late Late Show, “that the numbers aren’t stacking up for you, senator.”
The Norris campaign, once seemingly scandal-proof by virtue of its sheer candor, has gone down in scandal. Ultimately it doesn’t matter (Mailer and Breslin didn’t win, either) but it deserves a place in the history books. Against the backdrop of economic devastation, one strange and charming old man launched a radical, largely apolitical campaign for an office of no direct importance — and fascinated the public to an unprecedented degree. Was it substantive? Was it sound? No. But it certainly was a great show. In the absence of real consequence, politics sure can be a lot of fun.
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