With the student council election coming up, Pete Dixon complains to his class about student apathy, noting that less than a quarter of the student body is even registered to vote. The election features a contest between a serious candidate for school president, David Kane, and the football team's quarterback, who sees it mostly as a popularity contest. But then the election is thrown into disarray by the surprise candidacy of class clown Harvey Butcher as the "anti-candidate" - whose humor and mockery of the process ignites new interest in the election, even as it unexpectedly gives him a shot at winning. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode's title is a reference to the political slogan "the silent majority," popularized by President Richard Nixon
in 1969. The phrase referred to middle class voters whom Nixon claimed supported his policies, but didn't seek or get much attention from the press. See more