15th October, Sunday : Clown of the Week # 6

It was only a question of time. It HAD to happen. You re-elect George Bush into power for a second term and people get ideas in their heads. And it has a lot to do with this week’s ‘Clown of the Week’ award.

So people…you can start cheering ….this week’s COTW award goes to……Kenneth Kahn.

What is so special about this guy is that he is an actual clown by profession!!!! (If you don’t count Bush, that is). Kenneth Kahn, 41, a professional joker known as “Kenny the Clown,” admits he’s running a campaign to become the next Mayor of Alameda, California.

Kahn has not previously run for an elected position and has never sat on a public board. He has no idea how to run a public office and people have never taken him seriously when he speaks. Is it just me or does he seem well-qualified to you too?

Jokes apart, even Kahn’s mother, Barbara, says her son doesn’t have a chance, and Sylvia Kahn, a teacher, said her brother’s candidacy is a “mockery of our system. I don’t think it makes any sense…..”
And what does Kenny himself have to say about it? “People ask me, ‘Do we really want to elect a clown for mayor of the city?………..and I say, ‘That’s an excellent question.’”

One thing he has in his favour is that he would be making the competing candidates extremely nervous and worried. You ask why? Think about it…….in case you compete against a Clown and somehow LOSE, I don’t see how you can face your family ever again. (Although John Kerry managed to deal with the situation well enough).

All in all, it’s a crazy thing to do and Kenny wins the “Clown” of the Week award this time around. But I have a feeling he might receive the piece of news with a plaintive groan rather than a ‘Woo-hoo’ and a fist clench.

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