A few months ago, Damien “Lincoln” Ober launched a campaign to run as a Libertarian against D.C. Shadow Senator Paul Strauss. Ober, a film-maker, bartender and writer, saw the effort as a science-fiction art project. Which may have been why he took the challenge so seriously.

With the help of friends and D.C. Libertarians, he got his name on the ballot. Now he’s in negotiations with Strauss to hold a debate. Strauss seems willing to cooperate. In August, he told the City Paper he would participate in a battle of words with Ober if the whippersnapper got himself on the ballot. Updates can be found here.