Jackie and I ran into Larry Hankin (former Connor Ratliff presidential running mate) in Venice Beach today. I decided not to aggressively question him about his campaign’s FEC violations. Instead we talked about improv and his time at Second City and The Committee and studying with Viola Spolin and Del Close. He still sees a lot of improv and he said the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is doing by far “the best” improv in the country right now. LA is a place of wonders, guys.
A clip from The Chris Gethard Show - 12 Hour Election Special! Watch the events that were deemed as Connor Ratliff’s own Watergate. Add in a controversial topic of Random Orlando, and some split screen love making, and you get some unforgettable laughter that can only be described as awesome.
Will be slowly adding more here and there. Trying to get one hour worth of clips from this special up onto YouTube.
A little bit of campaign history:
00:30: DISASTER! Random Orlando spills a huge glass of water which goes EVERYWHERE!
06:22: WATCH as Chris Gethard and I have an intense make-out session via the magic of split-screen technology!
Finally available! TCGS’s 12 Hours of Election Coverage!
Here it is in one big 12 hour chunk. If you didn’t see it live, here’s your chance to experience it. Get ready to watch some psyches break, weird deliveries, and the first appearance (and last, to date) of DON.
Enjoy this one. We’re really proud of it.
I’m so excited to watch this entire thing. I was in the 2nd studio doing a simultaneous broadcast for the first 10 hours of this, so I still have no idea what happened during most of this. (Hopefully the “Studio B” coverage from my “campaign headquarters” will someday be online for Historians to examine.)
Skip to the 41 minute mark to watch a pretty amazing split-screen makeout session between myself and Gethard.
Skip to the NINE HOURS AND 40 MINUTES mark to see me lose the election and have a complete on-air breakdown.
At ELEVEN HOURS and 21 MINUTES you can see a pretty amazing Dance Party Celebration!
At ELEVEN HOURS and 25 MINUTES I announce my plan to win at least one GOLD medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics!
The fact that this 12-hour broadcast and its simultaneous 10-hour sister broadcast occurred at all is amazing to me.
RATLIFF 35/2012: ONE FINAL LOOK BACK AT THE HISTORY WE ALMOST MADE
We almost did it. Our internal polling showed us winning right up until the moment that something went wrong and I somehow did not get elected President.
I was fully hoping that tonight, I would be allowed to move in to the White House early so I could celebrate Christmas Eve there. That would’ve been a lot of fun. Instead, I am spending the holiday drinking egg nog and training for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Oh well.
Lots of people have come up to me recently and said things like “sorry about the election” or “sorry you didn’t win”. You guys don’t need to say that anymore. I’m really fine with it. This is America, where you can always give up on one failed thing and start a whole new one.
I went and saw the movie Lincoln the other night, and it made me sad to think that a future Steven Spielberg probably won’t get to make a movie like that about me being President. The movie showed Lincoln cracking wise, yelling at his wife and slapping his son, who later grows up to be a Looper.
Anyway: today I am releasing the last piece of archival footage from my 15-month Presidential campaign. It is the “uncut” footage from my July staff meeting with Will Hines, Noah Forman, Langan Kingsley, Kevin Hines, Nicole Drespel, Scott Holmes, and Random Orlando, captured on film by the great Keith Haskel. Some of this footage was featured in my full-length campaign documentary Old Enough To Be President, but most of it has never been seen before.
I hope that some of you who supported my bid for the Presidency will continue to follow me in my quest to win at least one GOLD medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics. I will have exciting news about this endeavor very soon.
I hope you and yours are enjoying a Happy and peaceful Holiday Season, wherever you are and whoever you voted for.
When I was in my early twenties I had a plan: at 25—the constitutionally mandated minimum age—I was going to run for US Congress. But I got sidetracked when I decided to go back to school instead. By the time I got to 30, the age to serve in the senate, I had moved to New York and was busy living my life. According to the constitution one must be at least 35 years old to serve as president. Connor Ratliff has taken this to heart. He began his campaign for the presidency about a year and a half ago, when he was 35. He is now 37, still much closer to 35 than any of the other candidates. I too am 37, and would like to think that somewhere in an alternate universe I am the one running.
Amazingly, this is the first I am learning of this.
Old Enough To Be President - A Film By Connor Ratliff
This week we are posting a very special documentary via the TCGS podcast, “Old Enough To Be President”. It’s a self-produced and directed chronicle by Connor Ratliff detailing his own presidential campaign. It’s hilarious, oddly poignant at times, and very genuinely well done. Connor just finished committing to a bit where he ran for president, and it lasted over fifteen months. Based on sheer endurance alone, I can say it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever had the pleasure to help facilitate it. Please watch this one - I think you’ll enjoy it. And please do spread word that this exists. I think anyone who finds it will appreciate it.
I announced my candidacy at the beginning of August, 2011. I was 35 Years Old.
Now, it is Election Day, 2012, and I am 37.
It’s been a long journey, and a great many (older) candidates have dropped out of the race over the past 15 months. But not me. I am still in this to win it, and I think today it’s finally going to happen. By the time I get back to my apartment tonight to update this tumblr, I will be The President-Elect Of The United States Of America.
The Chris Gethard Show will be broadcasting starting at NOON today, and will be on the air for 12 hours straight. If you go to thechrisgethardshow.com you will be able to see that broadcast and also a live-stream direct from my campaign headquarters.
It promises to be an exciting day. I hope you vote, and I hope you will tune in to see what happens.
LAST CHANCE TO BUY OFFICIAL RATLIFF 35/2012 CAMPAIGN MERCH
You can buy a RATLIFF 35 clock. I use it myself to tell what time it is. You can buy a Presidential Stadium Blanket, the softest blanket I have ever owned. You can buy bright red RATLIFF 35 boxer briefs, which I have also demonstrated ownership of when I was asked to wrestle The Human Fish at SXSW last spring.
I don’t make any money off these products, I just charge the CafePress “base price.” I only offer them in case people want to own a piece of American History. (Most of the people who have purchased items from my store are Professional Historians like Doris Kearns Goodwin.*)
I will be shutting the store down on Wednesday or Thursday, after I am elected.
*This is an assumption I am making. I have no data to back this up.
One last plea for your vote, Hal. I’m 37 years old.
You have my promise that if you can get your name on to the ballot between now and tomorrow, I will vote for you.
If your name is not on the ballot, you have my promise that, while I am voting, I will whisper “Connor Ratliff is my president” out loud.
This is entirely reasonable, Hal, and I thank you for it.
As much as it pains me to admit it, there are several members of my own campaign staff who have indicated a desire to vote for another candidate. (In fact, I would say it’s fair to say that most of them have expressed an outright intention to vote for someone else, but sometimes people say things in the heat of the moment, so I’m going to give them all the benefit of the doubt.)
MAKE NO MISTAKE: I think I am going to win tomorrow.
I’ve seen reports that the polls are skewed and that the media isn’t give us the full story and that no one really knows what’s going to happen. I still fully intend on winning this election. I’ve seen polls indicating Romney is ahead, polls showing Obama in the lead, and my own internal polls* show that I am up by anywhere from 5 to 20 percentage points, so who knows?
But if you ARE a person who is NOT going to vote for me, please: whisper “Connor Ratliff is my president” while you cast your vote.
It would mean a lot to me.
Connor Ratliff (Age 37)
The Next President Of The United States Of America
*by internal polls, I am referring to my own personal emotions.
I don’t want to be overly optimistic, but there is an old saying in politics:
"As ComptonAssCraig goes, so goes the nation."
TUNE IN TOMORROW, starting at NOON for the most unpredictable election coverage you are going to find anywhere on earth, as The Chris Gethard Show hosts 12 hours of LIVE election coverage (including a simultaneous live-stream from RATLIFF 35/2012 campaign headquarters!)
From noon to midnight on Tuesday, November 6th, TCGS has been invited to provide all day election coverage on MNN 4. We have gleefully accepted this offer and look forward to providing you with what might not be the BEST, and definitely won’t be the most ACCURATE, but will absolutely be the…
…will absolutely be the best way to watch me become President.
TCGS will be live-streaming for 12 hours straight. There will also be a simultaneous live-stream LIVE from RATLIFF 35/2012 Campaign Headquarters, and TCGS will occasionally be checking in with us to see the latest developments on our road to victory.
What other program can promise you 24 hours of Campaign Coverage in a mere 12 hours?
Here’s a few things that might happen at my campaign headquarters:
Poll Results and Electoral Math from Senior Pollster Will Hines and Deputy Pollster Adam Conover
Rapid Response and Analysis from Rapid Response Director Kevin Hines
Last-minute Speechwriting from Head Speechwriter Nicole Drespel
Press Secretary Langan Kingsley dealing with 11th hour campaign “messaging”
The debut of our Official Campaign “APP” from Head Of New Media Dru Johnston
Agnostic Prayer from Spiritual Advisor Shaun Diston
Journalists’ Roundtable with actual professional journalists Sal Gentile, Jon Bershad, James Ramsay and Samantha Pitchel
Gay & Latino reaching out from our Head of Gay & Latino Outreach Random Orlando
A “November Surprise” that could be devastating to the Mitt Romney campaign
A musical performance by Casey Jost
And many, many more surprises
I hope you will spend Election Day with TCGS and RATLIFF 35/2012. This kind of thing can only happen once, because it’s unlikely that anyone will ever let us do this again.