Are you ready for Senator Geraldo?

posted at 4:31 pm on January 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

Boy, I sure am. If there’s one thing the GOP needs now, it’s another senator who’s famously soft on immigration. Imagine these words ringing off the walls in the Senate chamber: “[A]ny Latino who votes for a Republican or a Democrat who opposes rational immigration reform is an Uncle Tom.” He’ll make a fine third in the McCain/Graham alliance.

“I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show. “I mentioned this only briefly to my wife … but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker.”…

“I’m not going to drill this out, because obviously I’ve got commitments to Fox and to here at the radio program and I’m really having a great time,” Rivera added. “But I figure at my age, if I’m going to do it I’ve got to do it. And there doesn’t seem to be any Republicans ready to work against or run against Corey Booker, the popular Newark mayor.”

Rivera could face a tough primary challenge, however, with reports suggesting that Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick of Westfield, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno are all weighing bids for the GOP ticket.

No, the part about him running as a Republican is no typo:

To give you a sense of the trouble he’ll have being taken seriously, CNN’s headline for this story is “Geraldo Rivera has campaign plans in the vault.” Two things here. One: Isn’t he a little old to break into politics? He’ll be 70 on election day. I realize we’ve nominated guys older than that for president, but McCain had spent decades in the Senate and could at least boast that age in his case came with experience. As it is, if you’re an independent in Jersey and inclined to roll the dice on a “new guy,” why not roll it on the much younger, charismatic Cory Booker? And if you’re of the mind that age doesn’t matter at all, why not send Lautenberg back for his thousandth term? He’s a state institution and has a winning reelection pitch as the New Jersey senator who hasn’t been linked to underaged hookers.

Two: What’s the case for Geraldo over either of those two? The issue he’s most closely associated with is immigration and that’s likely to be done with, one way or another, by the time he’d enter the Senate. It’s not impossible to win statewide office in Jersey as a Republican but it’s hard: Christie’s cruising along to reelection only because of his surge in popularity after Sandy. Geraldo’s one big advantage is name recognition, but not all of that recognition is good — re-read that CNN headline — and Democrats will work overtime to boost Booker’s profile ahead of the election given his national potential. So how does he win? A massive self-funded campaign a la Bloomberg circa 2002, who also avoided the difficulties of a Democratic primary by running as an, ahem, “Republican”?

One way or another, I’m curious to hear if the candidate’s finally reached any firm conclusions about what brought down WTC 7. Here’s the audio, via Mediaite.


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1) he’s dead sexy.
2) anybody know of any good countries to move to?

GhoulAid on January 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Go for it, Grim Reaper.

Anything to keep the Democrats’ attention off the crappy candidates we’re sure to nominate in the gimme races.

KingGold on January 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Just stick him in the vault and lock the door.

MontanaMmmm on January 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I wasn’t even ready for a Human Being Geraldo.

GOPRanknFile on January 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Geraldo’s a Republican? Couldha’ fooled me.

Doesn’t stand a chance against Booker, IMO.

petefrt on January 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

One more arrogant leftist!

Don L on January 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

He could be our sides Al Franken. Or our sides Hank Johnson.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Is he a fiscal conservative? If so, we need all the help we can get.

KW64 on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

AP, you rarely use this video clip anymore. Don’t know why I just thought of it.

Weight of Glory on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

OMG, this should make Michelle Malkin’s day? The ‘spitter’ might run for office?

Our home mutes the ‘spitter’ everytime he is on. What a nasty horrible dirt bad!
L

letget on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Since the shelves in the national vault are empty who better to keep watch on the contents. Even better is the Dems can have him spring it on the unwashed when they get ready to come clean.

rik on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

He must be delusional.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Or our sides Bloomberg. Wait…………………never mind.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Isn’t he a little old to break into politics? He’ll be 70 on election day.

Geez! I knew he was in his 60′s, but I didn’t think he was pushing 70.

Doughboy on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

He’s a shameless jerk egomaniac. He’s a perfect fit.

forest on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I do wonder,what Party is he going to run for,er,with!

I’m thinking,

Lizard People Voter Party!

Jus say’n!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

This is one vault he might not want to open.

mintycrys on January 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Geraldo is almost as big a narcissist as Obama. This joker showed battle plans in a news report, then complained when he got removed from the press pool. He wrote an autobiography about his bedroom conquests, which made Bette Midler furious (she was one of several he mentioned).

I can picture this attention whore going to the MSM or Congressional Dems with unreleased Republican proposals just to get noticed. That Willowbrook scandal in the 70s went to his head, and he’ll never stop seeing himself as a ‘journalist’; he craves the air time.

If the Pubs do elect this guy, they deserve him.

Liam on January 31, 2013 at 4:42 PM

What, you think Jerry Rivers is going to pander??

HammerNH on January 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Running would at least get him off FNC until his eventual electoral defeat.

Go for it!

rw on January 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I support this idea and I know full well he’ll never get elected.

After all, Bob Menendez had the hooker scandal, and Joe Kyrillos couldn’t make it stick to him because he didn’t have the resources. The Dems won’t be able to steamroll Jerry Rivers so easily. They’ll need to spend money – precious limited resources, given the massive amount of seats they must defend – so this seat doesn’t get away from them.

And, as I said before, maybe it will take the media focus off our next Senate candidate who says that evolution is the handiwork of the devil or something.

KingGold on January 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Al Capone’s Vault

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

It’s a joke.

What does Geraldo, Chris Christe, Hilter;s toliet all have in common?

Oil Can on January 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Well, how about our sides Harry Reid? He has been a fighter after all.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

He’s perfect.

Ann Coulter would offer to raise funds by performing in a short porno with him and Christie the Hut.

(Eye bleach is on the counter)

CorporatePiggy on January 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

They could use his picture as the face of that new fancy granola that Ed was talking about.

MontanaMmmm on January 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

The cumulative senatorial IQ needs downgrading?

On his age – he’d fit the senatorial creche to perfection.

Buy stocks in Depends.

The senators/congressmen s/b age limited. It’s a pathetic spectacle to see the decrepit men in diapers vote.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

*koff*

Sorry.

kim roy on January 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

NO NO NO NO NO!!!

Sachiko on January 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Can’t wait to see him on the Senate floor…

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Geraldo and Frankenfruad can start the Saturday Night Live caucus, include the Coneheads for good measure.

Kuffar on January 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

He could be our sides Al Franken. Or our sides Hank Johnson.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

No more like the Republican Sheila ” everything is about race” Jackson Lee.

RickB on January 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Whatever it takes to get him dumped from my local Cumulus Radio Station.

kingsjester on January 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Hey, Al Franken did it…why not??

God Bless America..

*gag*…

BigWyo on January 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Geraldo’s a Republican? Couldha’ fooled me.

Doesn’t stand a chance against Booker, IMO.

petefrt on January 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

This is New Jersey we’re talking about.

rbj on January 31, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Not even funny.

This guy has never found his own ass now he wants to get in on the under age ass with the other evil cult members.

Yet now that Kerry is gone he could be the replacement lowest slug in the bunch.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Please do it. I’ll donate money to your primary opponent.

meci on January 31, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Geraldo is a bad joke of a person. I don’t care much about the GOP anymore, but anyone in that party who actually talked to Geraldo is an idiot. Geraldo is a plain, ol’ leftist douchebag.

I wonder if he’s taken trips to the Dominican Republic for some young girls? He probably wrote about it in that spastic book of his where he claimed to have slept with 2500 very stupid women with no standards.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 31, 2013 at 4:55 PM

This is along the same lines as Chrissy contemplating a run.

Ah no
No
No
No
No
Ah…..yah. That’d be a no!

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 4:56 PM

No more like the Republican Sheila ” everything is about race” Jackson Lee.

RickB on January 31, 2013 at 4:49 PM

The GOP already has Rubio for that slot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

arrogant, full of himself, pompous, preening, self important…..

he’ll fit right in…./

ted c on January 31, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Senator Geraldo Rivera. it will be the first time a chair has ever been thrown in Senate Chambers. He just has that effect on people.

kingsjester on January 31, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Geraldo Rivera Looking To Run

Geraldo Rivera Looking For Attention.

Nothing new here really, just a different form of the same old.

Gingotts on January 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Geraldo’s a Republican? Couldha’ fooled me.

Doesn’t stand a chance against Booker, IMO.

petefrt on January 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

No kidding. Why would a Jersey voter, of either party, choose a mind-numbingly stupid RINO like Geraldo Rivera over a reasonably intelligent (and much less embarrassing) Democrat like Booker?

AZCoyote on January 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

So, its settled then. Jerry Rivers for Senate!!!

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Good friggin grief.

scalleywag on January 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

If the Dems can elect a ridiculous fool like Al Franken, why can’t the R’s elect a ridiculous fool like Gerald Riviera?

peski on January 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Maybe he’s lobbying Christie.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Or is it Jerry Rivers?

peski on January 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

can’t we just lock him in Capone’s vault?

gsherin on January 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

HELL, NO.

katy the mean old lady on January 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I remember him on ABC New York’s original happy-talk news broadcast. My mom walked into the room when, while reporting on venereal disease, he said, “Now, when you take a leak…” The fall of the Berlin Wall was less epochal.

cbenoistd on January 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

He’s such a lying crap weasel. Libertarian? Republican? My ass.

He’s a full-fledged whining lib – another hypocritical, lying liberal douche bag. Can’t stand the sound of his voice just like the so-called prez.

Maybe his ratings have dropped to the deserved levels, and he’s going to be cut.

When all else fails it’s time to run for political office.

That’s where all the losers seem to go.

Cody1991 on January 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Yet,

Upon review of said loon herein disscussed.

One of the better liars possible the best in the U.S.A., could be he is so good at the lies and bull shit that his abilities would just make him too good at the lie bussiness for the U.S. Senate.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 31, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Ya,

Lie King Shummer would never ever allow competion this good at lies to be elected to the Senate.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Sure, why not? Cory Booker’s going to win that seat anyways and it’ll get a RINO voice off of Fox.

sauldalinsky on January 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I wondered why he would pick the Republican Party to run with and then I remembered they are the Party of Stupid and, suddenly, it all made sense.

Lily on January 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

And the Ghost of Al Capone is laughiing his azz off….

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canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM

A mustache and a pompadour attached to a flaming rectum.

I could vote for the mustache, but it would have to be attached to a different a$$hole.

novaculus on January 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

The case for abandoning the Republican party and creating a new Third-Party is looking more and more reasonable.

Ukiah on January 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Jerry a Republican?

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

jnelchef on January 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

I wouldn’t feel good about him running for Senator on the (D) ticket.

TimBuk3 on January 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Or our sides Bloomberg. Wait…………………never mind.

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Exactly! Explain to me what the point of winning a seat is when you’re just inviting someone into your tent who is going to do more damage to your brand and turn away your base? You win a battle, lose the war… no thanks.

Come on Repubs, get back to your idealized self and stop with these BS candidates.

Ukiah on January 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Stupid TrueCons and your no solutions status quo ideas. If you expect 100%, you’ll never win.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Stupid TrueCons and your no solutions status quo ideas. If you expect 100%, you’ll never win.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

GERALDOFREAKINRIVERA? Get a grip.

katy the mean old lady on January 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

He looks pretty darn healthy for 68 or so. Reality Check: it’s almost impossible for a Republican to get elected statewide other than the Governor’s seat, and that’s only slightly easier. Christie got in because Corzine ran it in to the ground, Obamacare was unpopular, and New Jersey has an off-year election cycle (not even the regular mid-year cycle).

If Geraldo wants to spend some cash making the Dems pay more to elect Cory Booker, go for it. It’ll use up resources they could spend attacking our other candidates in more competitive states. My only concern about this is that he not say something new that is so dumb it hurts the team.

Jill1066 on January 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Prolly work on the shores of Jersey. Last time Jerry came down here he got his azz kicked on Crystal Beach trying to report on nude parties taking place there. Somebody may correct me on the details but I remember he threw his face at a couple of fists and looked like he’d had plenty enough.

DanMan on January 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Le Oops!

Mediaite ‏@mediaite

David Frum Cracks Up Over News Geraldo May Run For Senate, Warns Of Primary Challenge By Maury Povich (VIDEO) http://www.mediaite.com/tv/david-frum-cracks-up-over-news-geraldo-may-run-for-senate-warns-of-primary-challenge-by-maury-povich/

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Except for standing up for the troops, the guy is a flaming liberal. If he would promise to get in a fist fight with Harry Reid on the Senate floor, I might reconsider.

booger71 on January 31, 2013 at 5:26 PM

GERALDOFREAKINRIVERA? Get a grip.

katy the mean old lady

Exactly! We need good, liberal democrats like Geraldo to save conservatism.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

my office is in the basement of a building so one of the only radio stations i can listen to has geraldo on the in morning (i’ll never understand why they decided to drop beck for geraldo). he voted for obama. on multiple occasions he threatened to cut up his NRA card “on live television” after sandy hook if the NRA didn’t support gun regulation. he has no interest in the economy… spews every MSM democratic talking point… has no interest in critical thinking… cuts off his conservative callers (most of his callers are conservative) when they make a point he can’t refute… and, of course, seems only to be impressed with himself and obama. he would be the ultimate RINO in the senate because a majority of his votes would go with the democrats.

dbilly76 on January 31, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Stupid TrueCons and your no solutions status quo ideas. If you expect 100%, you’ll never win.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Good try TruVon. Let me quote one of the finest progs in congress, the honorable Al Green, D-9 TX when I broke up his ObamaCare town hall with a simple question in the summer of 2010.

“This is why you can’t negotiate with these people!!!1!! They will sacrifice the good by demanding the perfect!!!111!!!”

800 SEIU ham hocks got up and began the “Yes We Can!” chant and it was done. Fun times I tells ya.

DanMan on January 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Exactly! We need good, liberal democrats like Geraldo to save conservatism.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Seriously…it ‘The Situation’ busy that week????

BigWyo on January 31, 2013 at 5:30 PM

canopfor on January 31, 2013 at 5:24 PM

That’s Gold Jerry! Gold I tell ya!

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

He’s perfect.

Ann Coulter would offer to raise funds by performing in a short porno with him and Christie the Hut.

(Eye bleach is on the counter)

CorporatePiggy on January 31, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Dude…

workingclass artist on January 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

“And don’t you DARE try to put up some unelectable wingnut to oppose him!!!!”

– moderate Mike Castle groupie

ddrintn on January 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM

How many times has he been married? How many women has he been with?
What about

Geraldo Rivera and Francine Lefrak have broken their engagement. Francine,daughter of Samuel Lefrak, multimillionaire developer of Lefrak City

vityas on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

HELL, NO.

katy the mean old lady on January 31, 2013 at 5:05 PM

For when a simple no, just doesn’t cover it. Lol! ; )

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Come on people, it’s a joke….just like Gerardo.

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

This aside, dems in trouble in blue NJ

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

For when a simple no, just doesn’t cover it. Lol! ; )

Bmore on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Ah..the sweet, sweet memories. John Boehner’s finest moment:

http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/john-boehners-final-speech-health-care-bil

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 5:39 PM

… I just threw up a little in my mouth …

:P

PolAgnostic on January 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I am shocked that this douchebag considers himself a republican.

Amjean on January 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Weight of Glory on January 31, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I was wondering why I had clicked on this story,
But you made it worth it.
That clip never gets old.

tomg51 on January 31, 2013 at 5:42 PM

xblade on January 31, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Just doing the Bishoping that Bishop won’t do, I see.

novaculus on January 31, 2013 at 5:46 PM

That’s Gold Jerry! Gold I tell ya!

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 5:31 PM

More prima facie evidence that one can apply any Seinfeld episode to any situation on any given day.

TxAnn56 on January 31, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Geraldo is a republicrat; remember there’s only 1 party.

Belle on January 31, 2013 at 5:55 PM

If New jersey Republicans love Christie and according to recent polls they do, then Rivera should win hands down. The better of two evils is really getting tiresome.

DDay on January 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

TxAnn56 on January 31, 2013 at 5:54 PM

You got it!

can_con on January 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Hey, Geraldo can be a Senator, a Fox news contributor, & still have his own show….what a joke, I mean guy!

Belle on January 31, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I can’t believe you’re insinuating that Geraldo is a Republican…oh, wait, so is Colin Powell.

Just what we need, another buffoon in the Senate. I guess he can be BFF with Franken.

/facepalm

John_G on January 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Death to Geraldo. And his simp brother.

rayra on January 31, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Two things come to mind.

1. “Under the GOP banner” does not equate to, “I’m running as a Republican”. Not even close.

2. Frank Lautenberg is still alive?

Kenz on January 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What’s the case for Geraldo over either of those two?

His IQ is surely the lowest of the three, and if that’s not a constitutionmal requirement for a Senator these days (Biden, Hagel, Kerry…), it ought to be.

McGehee on January 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM

No kidding. Why would a Jersey voter, of either party, choose a mind-numbingly stupid RINO like Geraldo Rivera over a reasonably intelligent (and much less embarrassing) Democrat like Booker?

AZCoyote on January 31, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I used to live there. It could happen.

katy the mean old lady on January 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Y’all do realize that if anyone more conservative than Christie runs in the Republican Senate primary; that the Institutional Republicans will turn out the full force of the Republican Party and unlimited funds to ensure that Rivera/Rivers gets the Republican Senate nomination. I mean, the Institutionals have certain standards they have to uphold.

You also have to realize that in the General election, vote fraud will guarantee that the Democrat candidate will get 110% of the registered New Jersey voters, and that the Institutionals will be their traditional “good losers” over it, anyway.

Subotai Bahadur on January 31, 2013 at 6:21 PM

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