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  •  Electing celebrities, yes (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, bontemps2012

    And look at Jesse Ventura, who became Governor of Minnesota.  I actually think Ventura makes sense with a lot of his views although he can be a bit nuts with regards to gun laws.  He is of course socially liberal and fully supportive of unions.

    Ventura thought has actually been critical of Al Franken during the 2008 race and criticized him for having not been in Minnesota for years.  However, Franken was close with Paul Wellstone, good friends as a matter of fact and it was Jesse Ventura's actions that in part tipped the election to Republican territory due to the funeral of Wellstone, according to Ventura, being more of a rally for Democrats than a funeral.  Geez, people in Minnesota LOVED Wellstone from what I know!

    •  D'oh, that's right, it was Ventura (0+ / 0-)

      But it still shows the power of name recognition (well, my goof notwithstanding)

      The one advantage Ventura had over Judd is he ran (and won) as mayor of a fairly large suburb in Minneapolis.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:20:31 PM PST

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      •  Ventura also challenged the status quo (0+ / 0-)

        And I give Jesse Ventura and his campaign manager for running probably the most effective Independent campaign in recent political history.  I admire Ventura and his efforts to speak his mind.  He's more articulate and smarter than most other wrestlers out there.  Certainly no Hulk Hogan.

        I will say though, as much as I admire Ventura, I don't recall him being the most effective Governor in Minnesota.  He could have prepared himself much better for office.  On the other hand, he's certainly no idiot in the realm of Rick Scott, Scott Walker, etc.  I just think Ventura seems to talk too much about how he was principled because of being an Independent Governor.  Gee, as if being Independent automatically means you've got more ideas and communicate better with constituents.  Obviously Ventura never pays attention to C-Span or reads enough legislative history.

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