Friday, November 21, 2008

Wayne Allyn Root's New York Times Pofile

Pat Jordon of The New York Times Magazine provides an interesting profile on Wayne Allyn Root, dated January 21, 2007.

Among other gems:

* "Wayne's house was a shrine to Wayne. The walls were adorned with posters of him, photographs of him, newspaper and magazine articles about him. There were copies of his books, 'Millionaire Republican' and 'The King of Vegas’ Guide to Gambling,' everywhere."

* "Wayne appeared, smiling, a small man dressed in a black shirt, black slacks and black dress shoes. Johnny Cash crossed with Liberace."

* "According to Wayne, when fans bet they form an emotional relationship with the men and the team they’re betting on. That's where they get their pleasure. The money won, or lost, is only incidental. That's the way Wayne likes it. 'For me, it’s all about the money,' he said. 'I live for it.'"

* "I asked him if he ever felt guilty about making his money by gambling. He looked up at me as if I had used a word in a language he didn't understand and said: "Guilt? I don’t have any guilt. I think zero about why things are. I just accept what they are and find a way to take advantage of them.'"

* "When the check came, I reached for it. Wayne made a feeble pass at it, too. 'I was gonna pay,' he said, but he didn't."

Friday, November 07, 2008

Wayne Allyn Root, Public Buffoon & Clown

Apparently, Wayne Allyn Root and Barack Obama both went to Columbia University, and graduated the same year.

And apparently, Root doesn't remember Obama.

Who cares? Root does!

For much of his campaign, before and after his Libertarian Party vice presidential nomination, Root harped about how he'd never met Obama at Columbia, and how nobody Root knew at Columbia had met Obama at Columbia.

So what? Big deal!

It is to Root, who hinted darkly, for insufferable months on end, that Obama never went to Columbia.

It was always a silly insinuation. Idiotic, even. Hillary Clinton's vast vetting machine would have unearthed such a false note in Obama's public history.

But Root imagined some sort of vast left-wing conspiracy covering up for Obama. Root also fantasized that his Columbia connection would be a "great talking point" which would compel the media to latch onto it, and perhaps expose Obama.

Well, Columbia has now publicly congratulated Obama on his presidential win, providing a class photo and all. And Root (once again) has made himself publicly look like an idiot.

Root is still threatening to run for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2012, and again in 2016, 2020, and 2024. As he's said in the past to Libertarians, "I want to be your leader."

Go away, Root. Go cook up some more bizarro conspiracy theories, write a book about it, and leave the LP alone.

More details here.