Space Race

BillRichardson’s a believer. So is Dennis Kucinich. Even Rudy Giuliani iswilling to admit that extraterrestrials might be out there.

The 2008 presidential race is starting to look like an Alf convention. Last week, Kucinich’s alien beliefs were outed by his good friend Shirley MacLaine. Her new book details Kucinich’srun-in with a UFO on her porch: “It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutesor so, and sped away with a speed he couldn’t comprehend. He said hefelt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.” Onecan only guess what those directions may have said .

Earlier this month, an 8-year-old kid asked Giuliani ,”If you find that there is something living on another planet and it isbad and it comes over here what would you do?” Rudy, ever vigilant onnational security matters, assured the boy that there won’t be a repeatof Independence Day if he’s in the Oval Office. “Well if we’re properly prepared for all ofthe different things that can happen to us, we’ll be prepared for that,as well,” he said with a grin.

But it was Bill Richardsonwho spoke most explicitly on the UFO issue last weekend. Speaking toDell employees in Texas, Richardson said that if he became president, he would continue his long fight torelease top-secret files on Roswell, New Mexico’s infamous “flyingdisc” recovery. In a foreword to Roswell Dig Diaries , a 2004 Sci Fi Channel book, the New Mexico governor wrote that he has never been satisfied with the government’s explanation andthat the “American people can handle the truth.” Considering Richardsonmakes up part of the ” ET Ticket ,” I guess it should come as no surprise.

Giulianiand Richardson have even managed to use aliens for political gain. Theterrorist threat pales in comparison with an alien invasion, so ifGiuliani can protect us from little green men, then Osama should be awalk in the Pakistani park. Richardson’s assertion that he wouldrelease top-secret Roswell files if he became president implies that heis willing to run a transparent White House with all nonalien issues,as well.

One more thing—it shouldn’t come as a shock, but Mike Gravel is a believer , too.