I can't decide wether this is funny, sad, or possibly even a good thing (think Jesse Ventura)


For possibly the first time in his career, Jerry Springer is acting coy. The famous (and infamous) TV talk-show host is considering a campaign for Governor of Ohio. Though he has yet to announce a decision, he has been spotted in the back rooms of upscale Cleveland restaurants, discussing the idea in hushed meetings with Ohio's few remaining Democratic bigwigs. The party hasn't held a single statewide office since 1994, so Springer is getting a hearing. "I don't care if it makes us look desperate," says Jimmy Dimora, chairman of the Democratic Party in the Cleveland area. "We are desperate."
Springer, of course, is best known for his 14-year-old talk show, which is filled with dueling transsexual lovers and cheating midgets. Before that, he was a city council member in Cincinnati--during which time he was caught paying a prostitute with a personal check--and later mayor. Now that he has set his sights on the Governor's mansion, Springer seems to have embarked on an image makeover. For years, Democratic leaders have urged him to start a radio talk show and distance himself from his TV persona. Springer did just that a month ago. For three hours a day, five days a week, on Cincinnati's WCKY-AM, Springer is talking about the object of his renewed passion: politics. "Republicans get elected on cultural issues," Springer says. "But if they ran on tax cuts for the wealthy or the end of Social Security, which is what they actually stand for, they'd lose."

Just about the only subject Springer avoids these days is his own political plans, though he sounds like a man who is spoiling for a fight. "Unless Democrats start redefining the debate," he says, "it doesn't much matter who runs because they'll continue to lose." --By Chris Maag


I had to think about this one a bit. I was never a fan of Springer's show. But, the man is smart. He obviously is cluey enough to realize the Christian Coalition is going to eat him up. But, the US needs to face the reality of what it's turning into and perhaps someone like Springer can take on this job. Politics is certainly not new to him. It time that the left stopped trying to blend with the right. We are different aren't we? 

Posted by Dianne
2/24/2005 06:35:00 am  
Belive it or not, I know him, or used to. Long Story. Dianne is spot on. I do know his show quickly became something he; hadn't planned on; bargained for; or, on the other hand, was willing to walk away from - because he does like money. But I think he'd probably do a fine job as governor of Ohio. He's no Jesse Ventura, that's for sure. He was a good Mayor of Cincinnati. 

Posted by surrogate
2/24/2005 02:50:00 pm  
No Offense. But how smart can a man be who pays for hookers with a personal cheque? Hahaha!

But hey! Arnold is doing it! Jesse did it! I am just so happy that actors and uhhh ... Springer get to decide important public policy matters.

Oh well, at least he is on the democratic side. Given America's recent tendancy to elect celebrities. As though those folks have any thoughts running around in their heads.  

Posted by deviant1
2/24/2005 03:31:00 pm  
I agree Surrogate. Many agree he made a damn good politician. He has a way of getting people's attention. If he's saying and doing the right thing I don't care what kind of television show he had. We on the left are the crazy ones, the free ones, the caring ones well maybe not all but we are different and in many ways. We need someone willing to say it like it is and mean it and it will take someone who is tough to fight the right. I don't know if Springer would help are not but I'm ready to try anything at this point. 

Posted by Dianne
2/24/2005 09:48:00 pm  
Heh, Jerry Springer as the governor of a traditionally battleground state. Almost poetic, don't you think?

Politics could be so much more fun if state legislatures resolved their differences by bashing chairs over each other's heads or clawing at each other's throats... I can see the headline now: "Caucus Catfight Chaos! New bill fought down". Wonderful times we live in. 

Posted by brogonzo
2/24/2005 10:48:00 pm  
"resolved their differences by bashing chairs over each other's heads or clawing at each other's throats ",

This reminds me:

It goes back years when I was living in Oz, but I several times watched the Taiwan Gov parliament sessions, and man, what you describe is exactly it.

This was so outrageously hilarious cuz the guys are all dressed in suits, bowties, the lot, and within minutes it's a general brawl like in an early US western saloon. In the space of 1/2 hour, the entire parliament house members would be on the floor punching each other silly.  

Posted by WhyNot
2/24/2005 11:00:00 pm  
diviant, you're sort of right about that, but remember it wasn't paying with a personal check that got him in trouble back then. It was paying with a BAD personal check! 

Posted by surrogate
2/24/2005 11:25:00 pm  
I guess if we did it that way, California would get whatever they want, since they're sending the Terminator to get the job done.

I've never watched Taiwanese governmental sessions, but if they're really the way you describe them, I'm going to have to start tuning in. 

Posted by brogonzo
2/24/2005 11:26:00 pm  
"but if they're really the way you describe them, I'm going to have to start tuning in ",

LOL, well, that was some 10 years ago, so I don't know if it's changed now, but man, it was a riot (in all connotations of the word). Definitely left Jerry Springer show for dead, as it wasn't staged, but the real thing.

Plus, to see all those guys, all dressed up, looking grave and serious, hey, it's the parliament house for gondess's sake, LOL. Starts with members invited to speak at the tribune, next thing you see is a whole lot of parliament members (congress, whatever you want to call them) get up shaking their fists and hurling insults.

Then the grand finale, and everybody is on the floor beating each other to a pulp. One of the funniest thing was that because they all had suits, they grab each others coats, an entire row of them, then the whole lot would fall over on the floor between the circular rows of seats.

ROFLOL, I still have visions of it, and I've got tears in my eyes just from the memory. Looked so incongruous. Wonderful stuff. Gosh, the Oz parliament sessions used to put me to sleep, but the Taiwanese ones... made it worthwhile staying up till 3am to watch them on ABC.

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 09:08:00 am  
"since they're sending the Terminator to get the job done ",

LOL, Bush's trying hard to play the role, but he doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi. I think even Arnold is too brainy. I mean, he can actually make one coherent sentence after weeks of rehearsal. The ultimate candidate would prolly be someone like Sylvester Stallone.... now here is guy who can grunt good & proper! Perfect Presidential material! 

Posted by WhyNot
2/25/2005 02:50:00 pm  



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