Jimmy McMillan video goes viral: one million plus views

The Daily Beast has posted a video from the 2010 Hofstra NY Governor Debate with highlights of Jimmy McMillan’s comments. The video now shows as having 1,086,121 views since the debate Monday evening.

The video comments read:

October 18, 2010 — In a debate expected to be dominated by top New York governor candidates Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party provided the fireworks. Watch his inspired views on karate, gay marriage, and, well, rent.

26 thoughts on “Jimmy McMillan video goes viral: one million plus views

  1. Kimberly Wilder Post author


    Some of this stuff – including the video itself – has been posted in the comments, here.

    Though, Jimmy McMillan is becoming such a big deal and hot trend, I thought there should be a post dedicated to him, in case anyone wants to philosophize about his success.

    For one, we as political activists should learn from what he did to capture everyone’s attention and win the debate!

    Also, we should watch how the world navigates mutli-candidate debates after this. Let’s be careful that McMillan doesn’t inadvertently become a poster child for two party only debates. He didn’t mean to do it. And, if we spin well and with integrity, hopefully, his success will help our cause, and not hurt it.

  2. Kimberly Wilder Post author


    Here, is what I was looking for a place to post:

    Article at Albany Times Union
    That was fun; now, try a debate
    October 20, 2010 at 6:00 am by Jim McGrath


    My comment (awaiting moderation):

    And, why shouldn’t politics be fun?

    I was at the Hofstra debate. It was an excellent political gathering. Just enough structure to get something done. Though, a sense of community among the audience and politicos to allow some laughter, applause, affirmations, and group communication.

    If politics is not fun, then regular people won’t come, young people won’t come, people with a life won’t come. Being over serious is for people with money on the table. Being over serious is for the people at the top of our patriarchy, trying to be our authority figures.

    A basic of democracy is that everyone who is a voter has a right to run for office. Our democracy is a fraud if it is true — as this article supposes — that some people have NO CHANCE of being elected.

    So, everyone who does the hard work to be on the ballot — which is very hard work because of NY’s arcane election law — everyone on the ballot is owed a chance to address the public. Any debate held with less than ALL THE BALLOT QUALIFIED CANDIDATES is a debate that should be considered an illegal campaign contribution to the candidates invited.

    I have a solution to having another debate with more attention to specifics and details. The real problem is that one person – Jimmy McMillan – came and offered a needed and dramatic presentation of the issue he wanted to get across. He “stole the show”, but he did it because he “won the debate”, and had a good point.

    There should be at least one more debate. All the ballot qualified candidates should be invited. But, people should negotiate with Jimmy McMillan to give him a political concession for his cause of renters, and let him come [to the next debate] only to give an opening speech as the retired champion of the debate cycle.

    That would be useful AND fair to all parties involved.

    And, Mr. McGrath, if you ever want to run for office, I will defend your right to run, to be taken seriously, and to be invited to the debates.

    -Kimberly Wilder
    previous third party candidate

  3. Kimberly Wilder Post author

    Mash Up video as posted at Huffington Post:

    (I don’t get if this is for or against Jimmy McMillan. But, it is interesting and let’s you hear his words in a new way…)

  4. paulie

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for the post.

    Minor nitpick: I don’t think the “third parties, general” category should apply to posts that deal with only one party.

    Was there something I missed?

  5. paulie

    Regarding the debate comment (#2 here), your group email of it has spawned a discussion and so far Redlich has said he wants to do another such debate.

    My reply:

    I’m sure all the other candidates would love another chance to debate Cuomo and Paladino, but if Cuomo and/or Paladino are not interested, there should be another debate anyway. Invite all seven, but hold it with as many as agree to do it, as longs as it’s two or more of course. I saw Christina on this list, she’s been setting these up around the country.

    If she’s too busy, maybe we can do an IPR blogtalk with as many of the 7 as are willing to participate.

    Any other ideas on when/where/how?

  6. Kimberly Wilder


    I guess you are technically correct about the “third party” category.

    One reason I did it, is because I think that all third parties really have to learn from this situation. And, it is a crucial issue to see if the McMillan wildness gets used as an excuse to shut third parties out of debates.

    I would love to brainstorm with the IPR folks about SEO. (I think one of the owners or editors is an expert). I think that putting “third parties” as a category and/or tag might help us get noticed more, which is why I did it. I am happy to tag everything on my blog “third party” when it is about any third party.

  7. paulie

    One reason I did it, is because I think that all third parties really have to learn from this situation. And, it is a crucial issue to see if the McMillan wildness gets used as an excuse to shut third parties out of debates.

    OK, I’ll buy that. But then it would also apply to independents, which is a separate category, as well.

    I would love to brainstorm with the IPR folks about SEO.

    I don’t know much about it myself. The owner of IPR own an SEO company, but he never talks to us. Trent works for him, but he has never really discussed the details of SEO with us either.

    I think that putting โ€œthird partiesโ€ as a category and/or tag might help us get noticed more,

    It might work that way as a tag.

    As a category, I think it shouldn’t be overused, otherwise it becomes meaningless as a way to help find certain types of articles within the site, which I gather is the whole point of categories.

    I didn’t mean to go off on a long tangent about this though, I think the article is a great idea and than you for posting it.

  8. Ross Levin

    I actually like Jimmy McMillan. I’d vote for him before the Democrat and the Republican (and the Libertarian and the Anti-Prohibition candidate and probably the Freedom candidate, for that matter). He’s certainly honest and he brought up a great point about hunger that’s usually ignored.

  9. paulie

    I actually like Jimmy McMillan.

    I like McMillan too, but if he thinks that government rent control works, he’s on the wrong track.

    What happens with rent control is that a lot of housing stock becomes unprofitable, and the economic incentive becomes to collect insurance rather than rent on it.

    In the 1970s, New York City landlords paid arsonists under the table to torch thousands of apartment buildings, or just simply abandoned them. This left neighborhoods filled with burned out, abandoned buildings, in many cases for 20 years or more.

    Government housing has been another disaster for NYC (and many other places).

    On the other hand, I could be presuming incorrectly that these are his proposed solutions. I haven’t actually heard him say what he thinks should be done about the rent being too high.

    I did hear, second hand, that he said taxes are too high. If so, kudos!

    Either way, gotta love his style!

    BTW, I grew up in NYC in the 80s, in neighborhoods that had a lot of government housing and burned out, abandoned buildings. I’ve lived in both myself as well, and at one time co-owned a company that bought abandoned buildings for $1 from the city (which got ownership through default of property taxes and building codes fines) and fixed them up.

    Rent in NY is indeed outrageously high. One thing that a lot of people may not realize is that government housing and rent control actually contributes a great deal to this.

    They serve to artificially restrict supply of housing, take out a lot of the lower end of the rental market, and create a situation where landlords jack up the rates on some units to make up for others.

  10. Kimberly Wilder


    Jimmy McMillan did a really nasty interview on Opie and Anthony. (I do not recommend listening to it, and I question if it was really him???)

    The video is at…

    One million AND a half

    by TheDailyBeastVideo | 1 day ago | 1,515,401 views

    Esquire magazine calls Hawkins and Redlich “earnest”, though, Esquire notes that Jimmy McMillan is about to become a meme.


  11. Kimberly Wilder

    2,358,567 views! In case you are counting, that is two million plus views on the Jimmy McMillan debate video. (That does not include the views of the many Jimmy McMillan satire videos!)

  12. paulie

    I don’t think the facial hair is the real key, although it is certainly striking. It’s the whole way he grabs your attention with his words, speaking style…you can’t ignore him. In all seriousness, that’s what more alt candidates need to do every time they get an opportunity like this – just own the stage.

  13. Kimberly Wilder

    Jimmy McMillan update:

    Video tops 3 million!

    by TheDailyBeastVideo | 5 days ago | 3,127,079 views


    Saturday Night live appearance (well, he was spoofed.)

  14. Michael H. Wilson

    He’s right! And we should have been promoting the same ideas for years.

    Thanks to the mortgage interest deduction, zoning laws, building codes and a bunch of other crap people are probably paying twice what they would in a free market.

  15. Robert Capozzi

    Ineffably, Jimmy has struck a nerve. Something about this is uncontrollably funny, and maybe THAT’s the point.

    And, yes, the rent IS too damn high. How am I going to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner?

  16. Daniel Surman

    SNL reminded just how humor can sometimes destroy politics. One of their guys tried to do an impersonation of McMillan and epically failed. No timing, no internal logic, it just went with a weak portrayal of crazy.

    The more disgusting thing was the rave review of the skit in the HuffPo.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    A reminder that there is no accounting for taste, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Timing was IMO strong, and the “breakfast, lunch and dinner” reprise was brilliant.

    McMillan is of course crazy. That’s the human condition. Comedy shows us that…why do you think Seinfeld is so wildly popular?

    McMillan just breaks it down for us with a certain tongue-in-cheek certitude that SNL gets, and amplifies.

    Did you hear that grumble? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. paulie

    I’m with Capozzi on this one. The style is pretty much just what S&L does. They do it to everyone that gets on their radar. Getting on their radar at all, though, is an accomplishment.

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