Welcome to The Indecision 11, our soft-hitting — caressing, really — politics questionnaire for smart, funny people. This week: W. Kamau Bell. Yes, the same W. Kamau Bell who stars in the fantastic new show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," airing Thursdays at 11pm ET on FX. Have you seen this show yet? Here, watch some clips. Right? You get it. Now follow him on Twitter: @wkamaubell.
What's your earliest political memory?
When I was a little kid my mom gave me a Julian Bond for president t-shirt. I cut it up so it looked like I was the Hulk busting out of his clothes. But I would totally support Julian Bond for president today… maybe the Hulk for VP.
What do you think of people who don't vote?
Depends. I can't sit here and say I have a perfect voting record. Voting can be confusing and hard to do sometimes. In San Francisco, the ballots are super long and the issues can be obtuse. "Should we rename the sewage plant after George W. Bush?" What? Huh? But doesn't the sewage plant actually do a good job?
Way more people don't vote than do vote, so I believe we should do something to make it easier to vote. Voting should be more accessible for everyone, then more people would do it. Why can't voting day be a national holiday? Or why can't it take place over multiple days? Why can't I vote from my phone? I can do everything else I need to do from my phone. I can even vote from my phone, but only for American Idol or my favorite contestant on So You Think You Can Dance.
Also I think we should count black people's votes. A man can dream.
If you could meet any political figure, living or dead, who would it be?
Malcolm X. Or at least Denzel Washington pretending to be Malcolm X.
You're trapped in an elevator with the president. Strangely enough, you also have a superpower: the ability to make him do one thing of your choosing. What would you have him do?
I'd give Barack the power to make Michelle the president, because I'm pretty sure she's not as worried about being liked as he is.
Have you ever supported a candidate, issue or campaign and regretted it later?
In California, I supported the No on Prop 8 campaign. And of course I still support marriage equality because I'm not from the past, but I was really disappointed with how they ran the campaign. They seemed to assume that certain groups of people would vote for for gay marriage without working to get their votes. And we were all totally unprepared for those hateful Mormon dollars. Also I could have personally done much more, since I didn't actually do much.
If you ran for office, what would your campaign slogan be?
All the lyrics from Rage Against the Machine's first CD. Although that's maybe too much for a bumper sticker.
Who do you follow on Twitter for politics news?
Fill in the blank: Washington, D.C. is __________________.
…a great place to do comedy, but a bad place to do democracy.
Who's the sleaziest person in politics?
Whoever the Koch brothers currently own.
Who's the sexiest person in politics?
Tell us a joke.
Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine.
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