diffferent philosophies on how to fill a senate seat

Some crazy shit is going on around the Senate seats vacated by Hillary Clinton of New York, and Barack Obama of Illinois. In New York, it looks like the vacant seat may go to either John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline, who has never served in politics, or Fran Drescher, the actress from the our century’s most inane television sitcom, The Nanny. It’s turning into a circus, and New York Governor David Paterson, whose job it is to appoint a successor, doesn’t seem to be enjoying the process. “Frankly,” he’s quoted as saying today, “this is a serious issue which I think is starting to be treated as some sort of reality TV show.” Personally, I like Kennedy. She comes across as a good, thoughtful person, she did a credible job chairing Obama’s Vice Presidential search committee, and, as her uncle Teddy has pointed out, through her family’s connections she has access to enough money to fight off any Republican challenger come 2010… In Illinois the situation is a little different. The Governor there, Rod Bagojevich, lacking a credible candidate, like say Urkel, or an Olson Twin, has been forced to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

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5 Comments

  1. CKL
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Um…I don’t remember that Hillary had significant political experience, either.

  2. Anonymatt
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    I was not a fan, but I cannot imagine that The Nanny could be the century’s most inane sitcom. (I presume the century in question is the 20th.) I’m remembering obscure sitcoms that only lasted half a season like Woops! (about a group of people surviving after a nuclear holocaust) and Mr. Smith (about a super-intelligent talking orangutan), as well as Gilligan’s Island. Plus the show Urkel was on.

    This does not mean that I would want Fran Drescher appointed as my Senator, only that I find her less inane than some of the more stupid and annoying people on TV.

  3. Curt Waugh
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I don’t get it. You’ve presented a choice between two celebrities and you act like one is better than the other. What difference does it make at that point?

    They should blow everybody’s freakin’ mind and appoint a teacher or doctor or engineer or geek or stay-at-home parent, somebody very real person with very real leadership skills (not a wannabe beauty pageant runner-up). ‘Cause apparently you have to be a crook eight ways to Sunday to get elected in either of those states.

    My two cents.

  4. Paw
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t Oprah from Illinois? Who wouldn’t love to see Senator Oprah?

  5. Kent
    Posted December 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Looks like Jesse Jackson Jr. may have been one of those bidding on the seat.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/09/senate-candidate-5-in-bla_n_149682.html

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