Jesse Ventura for President?

As if Donald Trump was not bad enough, now former pro wrestler turned governor turned bad reality TV show host Jesse Ventura is suggesting that he may run for president. Oh, and his running mate? Radio shock jock Howard Stern. Yes, I’m serious.

Just back from his part-time home in Mexico, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura dangled the idea Friday that he could run for the U.S. presidency in 2016.

Ventura eagerly volunteered the possibility while at Minnesota’s Capitol — and pushed back against skepticism that he would re-enter the political fray after being out of office since 2003. It’s hardly the first time the publicity savvy Ventura has broached the idea he would run for the White House or Senate, only to pass on a campaign.

He said the next race is “an opportune time” for an independent like him to run because there will be no incumbent. He said he’s approached radio shock jock Howard Stern about being his running mate, and Stern expressed interest.

Didn’t his 15 minutes expire a decade ago? Seriously, just go away. Who’s next, Snooki?

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  • eoleen

    I’ve listened to him very carefully. He has the enormous advantage of having actually been in combat – he won’t be bulldozed by the either the hawks or the doves. If he decides that force is needed to solve a problem, it will be done properly, not the fucked-up mess we’ve made of things ever since Vietnam. (Sole exception: Grenada.)

    AND he has no tolerance of the religious bull-shit.

    And how refreshing it would be to have an inauguration WITHOUT an invocation… And I’m sure that Mikey Weinstein would find himself back in uniform with a MISSION – one that he would greatly enjoy..

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Why does Jesse hate comedians? He’s trying to put them out of business!?

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I thought Howard Stern was, well, kinda one of the good guys, no?

    As for Jesse Ventura, meh, I’m sure you could do worse!

    Not that I’d all myself a big fan of either bloke here.

    What are their policies?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    If he decides that force is needed to solve a problem, it will be done properly

    Are you fucking kidding me?

  • dingojack

    I think Ace Ventura would have a better shot.

    Grenada? Really? When you you want to invade your allies’ former territory, inform your allies first. It’ works a whole lot better in the General Assembly (and doesn’t endanger the whole world).

    Dingo

  • No One

    Stern is a misogynist. And a bit of an asshole on top of that layer.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I thought Howard Stern was, well, kinda one of the good guys, no?

    Howard Stern fights alongside John Kerry, John Edwards & Rosie O’Donnell to name just a few on the side of Good against Former prez W. Bush II :

    http://web.archive.org/web/20071025060110/http://www.emogame.com/bushgame.html

    WARNING : NSFW, Possible triggers. But fun.

    Thanks to one of the Pharyngyula gang for putting me onto this – still play it occassionally myself even if it does date back a few elections.

    Not that much has changed since really has it? Has it?

  • macallan

    They’d still be better than the entire republican lineup from last time around ( well, except Jon Huntsman, but he didn’t really fit in with that lot anyway )

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @6. No One : He is? Citations please?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    He has the enormous advantage of having actually been in combat…

    So did Tim McVeigh, and a truckload of other bigots, rapists, fascist loonies, and con-artists looking to cash in on their medals and prestige. So, too, have a lot of people who then came home unable to re-integrate into a peaceful civil society. That doesn’t guarantee he’s likely to be right about anything. You’ll need a LOT more than that to convince me Ventura has any substance behind the pro-wrestler bluster and showmanship. And if you really have listened to him carefully, you should be able to sell him better.

  • slc1

    Re Raging Bee @ #10

    In comparison to the nutcases the Rethuglicans are running for governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia, Ventura doesn’t look so bad.

  • daved

    (Sole exception: Grenada.)

    Nope. Plenty of screwups on Grenada, too, like the SEALs who drowned when they were dropped too far from land.

  • dingojack

    SLC – ‘compared to a one way journey to the core of the sun, being cooked alive in a deep-fryer isn’t so bad’.

    😯 Dingo

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Given the amateur clowns the right has been putting up as candidates, a couple of professional clowns would be an improvement.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Not that much has changed since really has it? Has it?

    Come to think of it of the (foreign) villains killed by the gryrghoovrf the only one who still lives today is gur unzohetyne so yeah, guess a bit has, kinda.

    Use :

    http://www.rot13.com/index.php

    rot13 : “The simple Caesar-cypher encryption that replaces each English letter with the one 13 places forward or back along the alphabet,”

    to decode but SPOILERS WARNING if you do.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/ Stephanie Zvan

    Ah, yes. Good old Governor Jesse. This is the guy who made a big deal out of signing some secular proclamation or another, then wasn’t paying enough attention to keep from signing some pro-religion one later. He was as good at governing as the people he surrounded himself with, which wasn’t very because he wanted maverick outsiders.

    He doesn’t want to govern. At most, he wants to be elected.

  • baal

    As someone who had him as Governor (and was in the StateGov at the time), he was not bad. He was pretty decent actually and followed technocratic solutions for most issues. He was also unafraid to shame the (D) or the (R) when they floated utter bullshit. He had a pig stamp that he used to mark up bills and send to the State House. My primary substantive complaint was that he had a handful of issues where he had a personal problem (taxes on snowmobiles) and for them, his solution was some idiotic semi-libertarian hands off issue. Secondarily, he didn’t really take any actions to help disadvantaged groups. He didn’t go out of his way to hurt them though either.

    All that said, making fun of a tv personality is odd. Most of it is an act and all.

    Even more of that all said, there is no way in hell he’ll actually run. He hated most of his time as govenor and was constantly showing signs of being stressed out but the endless stream of bs the political hacks (ok all of them) were throwing up.

  • ImaginesABeach

    I am embarrassed to say this, but as governor, Jesse wasn’t all bad. He had a lot of positions that were far too libertarian for my tastes, and a lot of positions that were just wrong in my opinion. On the other hand, he was the governor most likely to choose advisors and agency heads based on competency rather than politics.

  • cry4turtles

    Does the prez have time to bleed?

  • Loqi

    Have people been paying attention to Ventura lately? He’s gone way off into conspiracy theorist territory. When he was governer, at least he was connected to reality, dispite being a blustering showboat. A new Ventura administration would be a circus.

  • TGAP Dad

    If the thought Palin was qualified, it would be hard to argue against Snooki!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    He had a pig stamp that he used to mark up bills and send to the State House.

    In response to what specific items he found objectionable, exactly? Or was that just yet another “bitch about spending without actually dealing with any real issues” gimmick? I could say I’m impressed by his mavericky little pig-stamp, but I’d be lying — that’s not even original, let alone substantive.

  • John Hinkle

    Just back from his part-time home in Mexico, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura dangled the idea Friday that he could run for the U.S. presidency in 2016.

    Yeah, I remember the first time I toked a doob.

  • DBP

    Thank you Loqi.

    This is how Ventura has spent a lot of his time.

    http://www.trutv.com/shows/conspiracy-theory/index.html

    Jesse Ventura and his team investigate a top secret government sponsored time travel program, an operational death ray, the remnants of an alien battleground, and the underground bunkers of an ancient race of half human/half reptiles.

  • stubby

    He probably has a book coming out soon so he wants his name out there. I voted for him and he was an ok governor. But I don’t want him anywhere near the oval office.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523300770 stuartsmith

    Well, if it was him or Donald Trump, I’d take Jesse without a second thought. Hell, he’s less ridiculous than Palin too. In fact now I think about it, I’m hard pressed to come up with a Republican who’s actually worse than him.

    Hardly a ringing endorsement, I know.