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Will Roseanne Barr Be the Green Party's Vice Presidential Candidate?


“She’s one of the people who was on the short­list."

For those who aren't particularly excited about either party's presidential nominees, there is an alternative that should be more compelling to watch: The Green Party -- and Roseanne Barr might be the vice presidential pick.

The Green Party's presumptive nominee, Jill Stein, is expected to announce a running mate this morning in Washington, D.C. the day before their annual convention in Baltimore.

So where does Barr fit in?

“She’s one of the people who was on the short­list,” Stein’s campaign manager, Ben Manski, told the Washington Post.

We couldn't make this stuff up.

More from WaPo:

Manski said Barr has not been a distraction from the serious business of campaigning. “It’s a sign of the maturity of the Green Party that we have attracted somebody as well known as Roseanne Barr and as admired for her acting career and activism.”

Yet he said it says even more about the Greens’ growth that they’ve elevated “a seriously homegrown candidate” like Stein — i.e., a veteran Green, unlike the ex-Democrats who once claimed the Green Party’s nomination: Ralph Nader, who won 2.74 percent of the national vote in 2000, and Cynthia McKinney, who got 0.12 percent in 2008.

But can Barr — whose campaign didn’t respond for comment — survive a vetting? On Twitter, she drops what would be a career-ender for any other pol at least once a day: rants against the Catholic Church, plenty of f-words, even the occasional grousing that her own party is trying to “silence me.” And she hasn’t exactly left showbiz: She’s got a sitcom in development, and plans to make a documentary of her campaign

To be fair, Barr did come in second to Stein in delegates, even if it was a very distant second -- 84 to Stein's 205. But she did enter the race in late February and ran an extremely unorthodox campaign, including trying to recruit Willie Nelson as her VP on Twitter. Nonetheless, she will speak at the Wednesday convention right before Stein.

(H/T: Mediaite)

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