Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny
Pat Paulsen was the resident "comment" comedian on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. He was asked by the brothers Smothers about running a "mock" presidential campaign in 1968. Paulsen's campaign that year, and in succeeding years, was grounded in comedy, while not bereft of serious commentary. He ran the supposed campaigns using obvious lies, double talk, and tongue-in-cheek attacks on the major candidates, and responded to all criticism with his catch phrase "Picky, picky, picky." Hmmm, just like the "real" candidates.

Want more information about The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour? Just find the Easter Egg (hint: the show premiered in Spring 1967).

Pat Paulsen For President
Rubicon River/Mercury SR-61179
8/68 BB [UK: N/R]
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The Poster

Side One
Meet The Candidate see below 1:30
Two Cows - 2:43
Soldiers' Lament - 1:53
Freedom To Censor - 2:45
I Will Not Run... - 2:23
I Will Not Serve... - 2:35
The Critics Attack - 1:17
Counter-Attack - 0:38
Slip Of The Tongue - 2:28
Formal Announcement - 1:43
In Your Gourd, You Know He's Good - 0:45
The Bandwagon - 1:17
Side Two
Humble Beginning see below 1:25
The Age Of Reason - 2:45
Ruthless Denial - 0:35
Big Shot - 2:32
Victory Rally - 1:37
Meet The Prez - 5:15
Questions And Evasions - 0:45
Messing Around - 1:14
The Simple Savior - 3:05
Pat Paulsen-Presidential Candidate
Thom Beck-George Putty
Bill Thompson, Cecil Tuck, Ralph Story-Press Conference Reporters
Ralph Story-Narrator
Material written by: Al Gordon, Allan Blye, Cecil Tuck, Ernie Chambers, Hal Goldman, Lorin Paulsen, Mason Williams,
   Ron Clark, Sam Bobrick
§Art Direction-Les Weisbrich
Produced by: Cecil Tuck & Gary Blair


Pat Paulsen story
Monty picks up his father's torch


And in the real world...
The 1968 Presidential Campaign was chaotic with Americans divided on the war, race relations, and "law and order."

Democrat Eugene McCarthy  challenged sitting President Johnson by running on a promise to end the Vietnam War. McCarthy, backed by college students, almost beat Johnson in the early March New Hampshire primary. A few days later, Robert Kennedy decided the time was right to enter the primary fight (and stole McCarthy's thunder). By the end of March, Johnson announced that he would not seek re-election, allowing VP Hubert Humphrey to enter the contest. This fractured the Democratic Party. McCarthy and Kennedy exchanged primary victories, while Humphrey worked on getting non-primary state delegates. The key primary fight was on June 4 in California, which narrowly voted for Kennedy. After celebrating the victory at The Ambassador Hotel in LA, Kennedy was assasinated by Sirhan Sirhan. In August, the delegate battle was fought in the convention hall in Chicago; while Mayor Daley's police battled protesters led by Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and a few others in Lincoln & Grant Parks. In the end, Humphrey was the party choice.

The Republicans had their own primary battles between Dick Nixon, Nelson Rockefeller and Ronnie Reagan. At their convention in Miami, Nixon   was nominated as a "Stop Nixon" movement headed by Rockefeller and Reagan petered out.

The American Independent Party nominated former Alabama governor and segregationist, George Wallace. Wallace's plan was to get enough electoral votes to "bargain" with the top national vote getting candidate.

Learning from his 1960 capaign, Nixon refused to debate the other candidates, instead holding "town hall" meeting with pre-screened questions (sound familiar?). After an early double-digit polling lead, Humphrey began a comeback. In late October, Johnson announced a bombing halt and a possible peace deal. This provided Humphrey a boost, and the contest was almost dead even. Nixon then privatley assured the South Vietnamese rulers that they'd get "a better deal" with a Republican in the White House and the Paris peace plan was called off. (That's treason, folks, and arch conservative George Will recently confirmed this disgraceful act.) Election night results dragged out until the following morning when Nixon had won the popular vote by the slimmest of margins, 43.4% to Humphrey's 42.7%. Wallace almost pulled off his plan, securing 46 electoral votes, but Nixon bested Humphrey 301-191, thus securing the victory.

This was the last campaign with only a handful of primaries and back-room deals, as the Democratic Party adapted new rules on securing delegates primarily on state primary elections.

To get a sense of the election fights, visit The Living Candidate to see commercials for each party.

2023 Update: Dick Gregory was a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party
Vote For The Other Dick

, which had broken off from the Peace and Freedom Party (PFP). Read more about his candidacy at Black Perspectives.

Didn't care for Humphrey, Nixon, Wallace, or Paulsen? Try this candidate
Michael J Pollard For President

WNEW New York DJ Jim Lowe recorded a novelty
campaign 45 for Pollard (Look for the blue thing).

Those funster Yippies tried to run their own candidate, Pigasus, but ran into a bunch trouble whilst vacationing in Chicago, surprisingly during the Democratic Convention. Coincidence?

I think I'll choose the only good choice—and look, he comes with his own cabinet
A fabulous candidate!


Or, you could find the Easter Egg that takes you to the page featuring Walter Cronkite narrating the incredible story of 1968.


Songs about the 1968 Democratic Convention and its aftermath
Several songs were recorded about the events in Chicago during the Democratic Convention and the trial of the Chicago Seven.

Chicago's "7" (pro)  Walt Wilder (45) ?/69
Chicago 7 (con)  Warren Farren (45) ?/69
Prologue, August 29, 1968/Someday (August 29, 1968) Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago Transit Authority) 4/69
William Butler Yeats Visits Lincoln Park... Phil Ochs (Rehearsals For Retirement)* 5/69
Welcome To The Club  The Harvard Lampoon (The Surprising Sheep...) 6/69
How I Spent My Summer Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys (The Street Giveth...) 7/69
Chicago The Fugs (The Belle Of Avenue A) 8/69
Peace Frog The Doors (Morrison Hotel) 2/70
Chicago/We Can Change The World Graham Nash (Songs for Beginners) 5/71
The Chicago Conspiracy David Peel & The Lower East Side (The Pope Smokes Dope) 4/72
God Bless The Conspiracy McKendree Spring (3) 6/72

Note: *Actually, Ochs' entire album was about Phil's disillusionment with the political process


Re-enacting The Trial (before cable)

At least two dramatic records were recorded and released to allow regular citizens sit on the trials (with and without Bobby Seale. The first is narrated by John Stewart (yes, the guy from The Kingston Trio and fine solo career). The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is a theatre group founded in 1969 in Los Angeles.

The Bobby Seale record has as its first track an interview with Bobby in the Fed Pen in New Haven, CT.

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
The Chicago Conspiracy Trial
Capitol SABB-12020
?/80 [UK: N/R]
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Side One
Act One - Part One - 24:11
Side Two
Act One - Part Two - 27:44
Side Three
Act Two - Part One - 29:22
Side Four
Act Two - Part Two - 29:16
John Stewart-narrator
The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Produced by: Nikolas K. Venet


"Gagged And Chained"
(The Sentencing Of Bobby Seale For Contempt)
Certron CSS2-2001
?/70 [UK: N/R]
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Side One
Bobby Seale Speaks Live - 2:33
Beginning Of Trial - 15:10
Side Two
Trial Of Bobby Seale - -
Side Three
Trial Of Bobby Seale - -
Side Four
Trial Of Bobby Seale - -
Bobby Seale
others not credited
Produced by: Dennis F Shanahan


The official campaign song for the Let Us Vote movement to lower the voting age to 18, this 45 was issued in the spring of '69:

Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
L. U. V. Let Us Vote / I Wanna Be Free
A&M 1031, 2/69


United States Presidential Election, 1968
4Presidents dot org
Youth International Party @ wiki


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