Man's election campaign derailed by two "spoiler" candidates with the same name and similar appearance

Originally published at: Man's election campaign derailed by two "spoiler" candidates with the same name and similar appearance | Boing Boing

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Strategy coming soon to an American election near you…

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Reminds me of that old game show “To Tell the Truth” where they’d bring out three similarly-attired people all claiming to be the same notable figure and contestants would have a limited number of questions to puzzle out which one was the real deal.

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They’re already doing that here

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They learned it from us…

god damn it season 8 GIF by Shameless

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Whoa, and the OP was in St. Petersburg Russia, and your post was St. Petersburg Florida…Did one of these scandals create a scandal in another city of the same name to confuse media coverage about their same-name scandal?

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My snow white beard and giant moustache are no match for would be doppelgängers.

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Of course, with this tactic, you run the risk of electing two people with the same name:

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The Reuters article isn’t clear about which is the real Boris. Is it Boris Ivanovich, the one in the middle?

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They’re all real Boris Vishnevskys, they’re just variant versions from alternate realities.

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It’s the same appearance, in a town of the same name…

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He’s the one in the tie on the right

The FSB/KGB really getting inventive here. They could just arbitrarily bar him from running or trump up a tax case and imprison the guy. Or he could drink the wrong tea and never wake up.

At this point, frustrated Russians are thinking: can’t we just go to a full-on totalitarian state ruled by terror and fear?

As least he’s not running against T. Novichok.

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Come on. We all know the moustache is painted on.

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You haven’t seen the latest polls, have you?

Yabloko look like they won’t make the 5% threshold, so Putin isn’t that concerned, but he probably wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.

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Also revived in the British game show “Never mind the Buzzcocks” as the “Identity Parade” segment. Where they’d bring on obscure musicians from decades old one-hit wonders and the contesants would have to identify them in a mixed lineup of identically dressed extras.