Are they serious? Does wild-man rocker Kid Rock really think he could get elected as a U.S. senator from Michigan?
Does wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson actually imagine he could be sitting in the Oval Office someday, as he mentioned in a GQ cover story?
And why does Caitlyn Jenner believe she could be elected in 2018 to the U.S. Senate from California — as a Republican, even — as she suggested in a radio interview?
Well, why not? After all, Saturday Night Live comedian Al Franken got elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Minnesota in 2008 and is now considered a “giant” of the world’s greatest deliberative body, at least in his own comic mind and according to his latest book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.
The former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998 as a member of that state’s Reform Party, and served one term.
The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was elected governor of California as a Republican in 2003 and served two terms. This was 36 years after Republican Ronald Reagan, a former B-movie star, was elected governor twice and POTUS for two terms.
And if those celebs-turned-pols weren’t encouragement enough, there’s the undeniable success of real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-star-turned-President Donald Trump.
Senate Democratic leaders were taking Kid Rock seriously. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York emailed supporters to say he couldn’t tell if it’s real, a joke or a publicity stunt. “In the Trump era, we can’t afford to take this tweet as a joke,” Schumer said, according to CNN.
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