Surprise: Jesse Ventura not running for Senate

posted at 9:35 pm on July 14, 2008 by Allahpundit

And so the search for the first Truther senator continues.

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has announced that he will be staying out of the race to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate. Before making clear his intentions not to run, the media buzz he created demonstrated the kind of impact he would have had on the race.

Ventura made the announcement before a national audience Monday night on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” The unpredictable independent’s flair for generating media attention would have transformed an already expensive and contentious race between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat and former “Saturday Night Live” personality Al Franken into a free-for-all.

I can only assume he thinks he can’t win; there’s no other reason he’d decline three months of free media coverage for his special blend of lectures about what’s wrong with America interspersed with engineering fun facts about WTC 7. All hope isn’t lost yet, though: Patrick Ishmael’s been e-mailing with updates during Larry King and says even now the Body’s hinting that he might change his mind before tomorrow night’s filing deadline. Cross those fingers, because if anyone’s positioned to peel away a few soft-headed doves and Paulnuts from Stuart Smalley, it’s this tool.


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Run Skullet Run!

Maquis on July 14, 2008 at 9:40 PM

LOL. What difference does it make? Franken is just Jesse with hairplugs.

Limerick on July 14, 2008 at 9:43 PM

He’s too busy trying to drum up support for Predator III: Hillbilly Cage Match Texas Style. I hear Arrrnie has signed up for a tag team bout: Arrnie and Jessie vs. Predator and Alien in swamp match.

Bubba Redneck on July 14, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Larry Finkelstein Alan Rachins all the way, baby!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 14, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Who the hell is Jesse Ventura? And why didn’t I get the memo?

wccawa on July 14, 2008 at 9:56 PM

we have a press conference to tell people that you are not running? Guess I better schedule mine.

Monkei on July 14, 2008 at 10:04 PM

did he cut his Bozo hair?

Chakra Hammer on July 14, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Ummm,Jesse,the twin Towers became the
worlds largest jackhammers in history,
with a terminal velocity speed of over
300 mph,

and you still think #7,was sobatagey,
even tho the integrity of the ground
was in question around building # 7!

Well,Jesse,after you went to the dark
side of the “Truthers”,you lost your
integrity!

canopfor on July 14, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Both of these fellas would be the Rosie of the Senate. Is Coleman on such thin ice that Minnesota will actually vote for one of these two deep thinkers?

Limerick on July 14, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I lived in MN when he was governor. I can tell you with absolute certainty that he is grossly underqualified to run for the office of village idiot.

I’ve crapped smarter things than Jesse.

CurtZHP on July 14, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Good. I think even we Minnesotans might be sick enough of him that he wouldn’t have won anyway. He probably would have taken votes away from both Franken and Coleman.

Grafted on July 14, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Surprise: Jesse Ventura not running for Senate

WHO in the hell is Jesse Ventura? /Sarcasm

byteshredder on July 14, 2008 at 10:51 PM

As another Minnesotan who suffered through Jesse’s pathetic term as governor, I can only breathe a sigh of relief that he decided not to run for Senator. When people from other states asked me what the people of MN were thinking when they elected him, I could only respond with “frostbite of the brain”.

Charlie_3 on July 14, 2008 at 10:55 PM

I hope/pray Jesse spends some time in meditation and prayer. He has some issues, for certain – nothing he can’t conquer with the Lords help. But we need people of his intensity/mentality. Its too bad that the GOP never went all out to recruit this guy and convert him over from this nutty “truther” thinking tangent he’s on. The man has innate leadership capabilities. If he could clear the cobwebs from his mind, he’d be a force to be reckoned with. Such potential. Tragic to see it wasted. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 14, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Jesse’s goobernatorial era photo looks much healthier than the more recent Hotair photo in the Fu Manchu style a few weeks ago. During his recent Tonight Show appearance he looked well dressed for a Grateful Dead roadie.

I agree in the hopes he can get his life and his thoughts sorted out. He seems to deeply want to do good in life so here’s to hoping he can straighten out the twisted conspiracy tracks his mind has been running on lately. I suggest he carefully read the writings of Ronald Reagan to see how Ronaldus Magnus made the transition from actor to host, to Screen Actors’ president, to California governor, to monumental President holding steadfast to principles while maintaining public admiration despite the Old Media’s disdain.

viking01 on July 15, 2008 at 12:28 AM

That’s good! Ventura is just another OPEN BORDERS AMNESTY ZEALOT anyway…

DfDeportation on July 15, 2008 at 1:32 AM

The only thing Minnesota has going for it is if by some freak of nature Franken win, he will then have his choice of 10,000 lakes he can go jump in.

pilamaye on July 15, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Some one, PLEASE take his passport away from him. While he’s in Mexico of course. (and his deadbeat son’s too)

oakpack on July 15, 2008 at 7:37 AM

I’d be interested in hearing what Ed has to say on the matter. Kinda an on the ground report, so to speak.

srhoades on July 15, 2008 at 9:29 AM

The only thing Minnesota has going for it is if by some freak of nature Franken win, he will then have his choice of 10,000 lakes he can go jump in.

pilamaye on July 15, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Hey, we actually have a fairly nice place to live! You must live on one of the coasts with a parochial view like that! That’s ok…we try to promote the view that we are still fighting the Indian wars out here and we all ride Old Paint up to the hitching post every morning to work. It keeps the coastal riff-raft from flooding our wonderful state and swamping our welfare system…

sabbott on July 15, 2008 at 1:03 PM