Since most people only read headlines and even fewer read past the first paragraph, here it is: No, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson are not running for the White House in 2016. Let’s get that cleared up right now. An article in the Huffington Post covered the fact that Bill Nye did joke about running with Dr. Tyson on a recent episode of StarTalk Radio, but as much as it pains me to say it, they aren’t running.
However, imagine if we had more great minds with the charisma to go along with it in our government? People who are driven by two main things: to know more than they did yesterday and to lessen the suffering of others? That’s part of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote, in case you aren’t super familiar with the guy.
Sure, it isn’t even 2015 yet, but there’s no shortage of speculation out there about who is going to run for president. After all, speculation and just plain making stuff up is how the media fills a lot of their time slots. Let’s also not forget that cat and kids doing goofy stuff videos get a lot more attention and web traffic than real political issues. Which is why, if we aren’t careful, we could end up with a Mitt Romney or Sticky Ricky (that’s my pet name for Rick Santorum) residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
So let us look at our options besides our two science rockstars, shall we? For the sake of brevity, we will skip the Republican side. Not because I am trying to be partisan and give all the attention to Democrats, but because it looks to be much of the same cast from 2012 – and not even the Reddit section for Ron Paul seems to give much of a damn about Rand Paul. They seem to be more interested in talking about why their lord and savior of all things libertarian got cheated out of the 2012 election – and of course, Bitcoins.
The consensus is that the job is Hillary Clinton’s if she wants it. The Ready For Hillary Facebook page has almost 2 million likes 2 years and 2 months ahead of the 2016 election. I’m sure if you just like the page and sign the pledge, by slacktivist terms, that’s just as good as actually voting.
A lot of people want Elizabeth Warren to run and she would be my first choice, but she’s repeatedly said she has no plans of seeking the nomination. So there’s that.
Bernie Sanders has said that he has thought about it, and I would love to see him in the White House. However, if he doesn’t run as a Democrat, the likelihood of victory is slim to none.
Joe Biden? Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy, but his tendency to speak before thinking doesn’t make him a top candidate on my list.
There are other people out there like Jim Webb, Mark Warner, Martin O’Malley or Deval Patrick, but it’s just more of the same speculation over which boring option could be made most appealing, given the right TV angles and a few hundred thousand dollars in public relations. That’s right, I said it. Boring. To me, every potential candidate (with the exception of Warren and Sanders) makes me want to hit the political snooze button until November 2016 when I’ll go vote for the one that doesn’t have an (R) by their name.
Which brings us back to the previously in-jest remark made by Bill Nye and I say, why not? There is Facebook page set up already by fans who would love to see it happen, and unlike probably most of the second-tier candidates, people outside the day in, day out business of politics know who they are. After all, these are the guys who made science cool again, maybe they could reignite a public interest in infrastructure and the other day-to-day responsibilities that come with running a country?
Sure, it may be a little hard for people to get past the fact that they’ve used *gasp* an F-bomb here and there – or that neither of them has held political office of any kind. But let’s face it, there are thousands of politicians out there with plenty of experience who have managed to mess this country up pretty well with the help of an apathetic public.
I’m sure that it would take a lot of convincing, but at this point, Neil deGrasse Tyson/Bill Nye 2016 sounds like the best option out there.
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