Thursday, July 10, 2008

Battle Royale

In the same way that I bring a path of natural disasters wherever I go, I also have a knack for coming from states with . . . unorthodox politicians.

Rumors have been circulating the internet about Jesse "the Body" Ventura jumping into the Minnesota Senate race, challenging Democratic nominee/Comedian Al Franken and Republican nominee/Incumbent Norm Coleman. Too bad Norm Coleman was not Gary Coleman. Wait, Gary Coleman only runs for office in California. The Minnesota Senate race is almost starting to sound like the California recall election.

I do not automatically dismiss candidates because they actors, wrestlers, and Terminators. I actually respect people who run for office because they want to make a difference. Sometimes these celebrities even turn out to be good public servants. And they always make things more interesting, especially with the soundbites:
In classic Ventura theatrical style, the ex-wrestler met a National Public Radio reporter in an undisclosed parking lot over the weekend to discuss his intentions, telling him that Minnesotans should "take a good hard look at all three of us and you decide. If you were in a dark alley, which one of the three of us would you want with you?" --MN Star Tribune
People expect this kind of things in California (we do have Hollywood), but Minnesota? Who would have thought.

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