9. Pat Paulsen
When comedian Pat Paulsen was approached by The Smothers Brothers with the idea of running for president in 1968, he replied: “Why not? I can't dance—besides, the job has a good pension plan and I'll get a lot of money when I retire."
Paulsen’s political career was grounded in satire and he would often publicly answer questions with the phrase: “I feel that it is too directly bound to its own anguish to be anything other than a cry of negation, carrying within itself the seeds of its own destruction. However, to get to the meat of the matter, I will come right to the point, and take note of the fact that the heart of the issue, in the final, analysis escapes me." Whoa.
While he was never truly serious about holding office, Paulsen did come in second place to Bill Clinton in the New Hampshire for the Democratic Primary...with 921 votes.
Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor and the only thing he plans on running for is "from a bear" in "the near future."