Oh, where to begin. Let's start with the basics: Fred Karger is an "independent Republican" who wants to be the country's first openly gay presidential candidate.
But, as was reported in The Atlantic, he also has an ulterior motive:
"There's two reasons I can do this," Karger told me last month when he stopped by the Atlantic's offices on a trip to DC. "One is I'm openly gay and that's never happened before — never before has an openly gay candidate run for president."
The other, as he put it: "Exposing Mormons." Should Karger's run gain attention in Iowa and New Hampshire, his prime target for ruckus-making will be Mitt Romney, who, he says, follows a severe anti-gay ethos as an "obedient" Mormon.
A gay, ruckus-making Republican on a mission to, as Gawker put it, harass Mitt Romney? And then noted crazies Jimmy McMillan and Sarah Palin are also out there as contenders? I'm seriously excited about how 2012 is going to be so much fucking fun. Well, unless Obama loses, in which case, not so much.
Anyway, here's New Hampshire's sunny little introduction to gay Reaganite Fred Karger.