Liberalstein is Model for Democratic Nominee in 2008, Says Author

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Author C. D. Jewell says that although his fictional character Liberalstein is drawn satirically, he embodies the liberal values and traits that would make him an ideal model for the Democratic nominee for president in 2008.

C. D. Jewell, author of "Liberalstein," says that although his fictional character Liberalstein is drawn satirically, he embodies the liberal values and traits that would make him an ideal model for the Democratic nominee for president in 2008."Several liberal readers have told me, and not in jest," says Jewell, "'if we had a candidate like Liberalstein for 2008, we would be unbeatable!'"

Jewell says that liberals are starved for a sexy, attractive, candidate with 'progressive' views. And his character Liberalstein matches that description perfectly. "He looks like a movie star," says the author, "and has an oratorical speaking style that mesmerizes his audiences. Like most liberals, his main or core value is opposition to war, any war." Liberalstein is always ready to negotiate and his ultimate plans call for dismantling the US military. Liberalstein supports open borders and his genetic makeup requires that any issue involving minorities must be filtered through several layers of old fifties and sixties guilt. He's soft on drugs and crime (because like terrorists, drug users and criminals are the real victims).

Liberalstein is also very uncomfortable with overt displays of patriotism and seems much more at ease criticizing America's actions at home and in the world. "In my book," the author says, "when Liberalstein receives the Democratic nomination for 2008, he and his supporters celebrate by waving UN flags and dropping UN balloons." Liberalstein thinks the constitution could be edited down to the first amendment and opposes any kind of censorship of pornography, obscenity, etc. Like most liberals he thinks dissent of any kind is always proper and honorable.

"If Liberalstein were an actual candidate," says Jewell, "liberals of all types -- from celebrities to pundits to college professors -- would find him irresistible. This might seem a little over the top, but I think that they might even vote for him knowing he's an unreal, fictional character. Most hard core liberals live in a fantasy world anyway and voting for a fictional character might make a lot of sense to them." The author points out that in the past, the Democratic Party has taken seriously some bizarre, nearly fictional candidates (e.g. Sharpton, Kucinich, Braun, etc. in 2004), so it's within the realm of possibility that they could consider a truly fictional character in 2008.

"In the book itself," says Jewell, "Liberalstein is touted as the ideal liberal candidate, a model for all others. On my website promoting the book -- liberalstein.com -- I even have a 'Liberalstein for Prez' page where mock campaign updates are offered as well as Liberalstein position statements on the issues of the day. The mock presidential campaign welcomes all who enjoy a good laugh, especially conservatives and Republicans who can see in the fictional Liberalstein, exactly the kind of opponent they'd love to face in November 2008."

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