Throw the Bums Out!

And bring in some new bums. Why 2008 is a great time to be a political outsider

Illustration by Hadley Hooper for TIME

You remember Jack Kevorkian, the pathological pathologist who, when he wasn't transfusing blood from corpses, refining his "mercitron" machine or arguing for an auction market for human organs, used to help people commit suicide in a rusty van in a public park. So maybe it's no surprise that in the Year of the Outsider, he's finally out of jail (eight years for second-degree murder) and running for Congress as an independent in the Fifth District in Michigan.

There's something touching about a man who spent his life defying laws now wanting to write them. Dr. Death has little to commend him...

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