California’s Fresh Prince of Bel Air

<a href="http://prinz-frederic-for-governor.com/joomla-us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=94&Itemid=129">Prince Frederic von Anhalt</a>

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It’s a bit early for California’s gubernatorial race to get weird, but this is a promising sign of things to come. For anyone who worries that they’ll miss the Governator’s accent, your candidate is here: Prince Frederic von Anhalt, A.K.A. the Duke of Saxony, A.K.A. Zsa-Zsa Gabor’s ninth husband. And why should Californians vote for a psuedo-royal from Bel Air who claimed—incorrectly—to have fathered Anna Nicole Smith’s baby? As the prince explains on his website, “We’ve had Irish-American, African-American, Amenian-American and Austrian-American Governors and now it’s time for a GERMAN-AMERICAN to lead the state.” California über alles! The prince’s platform includes legalizing pot and Cuban cigars, opening the US-Mexico border, chucking out Prop. 8 (“Throw the Divorce Lawyers a Bone and quiet the Gays”), and “Mandatory Solar Panels on every New Building.” And lots of gratuitous, haphazard Germanic Capitalization of Nouns. Now if we can just convince Gary Coleman to run again…

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