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Could Phil Davison be the next president of the United States?

Last week, The Daily Need brought you the story of Phil Davison, a councilman from the village of Minerva, Ohio, who rocketed to Internet stardom after delivering one of the most intense stump speeches in the history of American politics. Now, some enterprising individual has set that speech against a backdrop of inspirational music and, well, it kind of makes Davison a viable candidate for president of the United States. As Davison told us in an interview last week, he doesn’t have a job, so he’s got plenty of time to mount a national political campaign. And if current polls are any indication, he probably has as much chance of getting elected as Barack Obama.

If Davison does decide to run for president in 2012, it would probably be as a Republican. He describes himself as a “liberal,” but also a lifelong member of the GOP, and said he hopes to form “a new radical branch of the Republican Party that does bring in the Tea Party activists, and that does bring in, perhaps, liberal Republicans.” Davison also has the added benefit of coming across as genuine, if somewhat unhinged. As Davison, describing his speech to The Daily Need, put it: “I knew it might be a little over the edge, but that’s how I felt at the time.”

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