The bike-riding, beard-trimming, mime-hiring, spandex-sporting weirdo Antanus Mockus (no really, click the link, watch the video, it will be one of the best hours you spend in front of a screen this year) is now the front-runner for presidency of Colombia.
Aside from leading 38-29 among likely voters, 50 percent of poll respondents also said they’d vote Mockus in a runoff between the two frontrunners. 37 percent said they’d vote for Santos. Yes, fewer people said they’d vote for Santos in the second round than in the first. I don’t get it either.
The source of this poll is a newspaper owned by the family of former frontrunner Juan Manuel Santos. I mean, I know little about the guy, but as far as I’m concerned, this is exactly the kind of look I seek in a presidential candidate:
Mockus, aside from being a character, previously served twice as mayor of Bogotá, helping make it into the world’s “3rd most bike-friendly city.” I’m sure there’s plenty to despise about the guy, but for now, it looks possible that Colombia will have a bit to teach to Mr. Hopey Changey Nobel Prize guy about, you know, “hope and change.”