Captain Kirk: Give Hillary the conn

posted at 3:41 pm on April 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

In a way, I feel doubly responsible for what you are about to see. Not only am I the site’s resident (if recovering) Trekker, I also hail from the state that elected Jesse Ventura as governor. William Shatner, AKA Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek, tells Ventura in this interview that only Hillary Clinton can bring peace to the political galaxy by uniting the Yangs and the Comms … er, the Romulans and the Vulcans … no, the Federation and the Klingon Empire …

Dammit, I’m a blogger, not a screenwriter!

The Free Beacon tells Shatner to “stick to Priceline commercials and avoid any further political commentary,” but who can really claim to be surprised by this endorsement, other than perhaps its premature launch? I love Star Trek, but its ethos is the kind of simplistic Utopianism that fueled the 1960s and 1970s. That’s perhaps even more true of The Next Generation than of ST:TOS. We should have expected a Bernie Sanders endorsement, or maybe Howard Dean. Be thankful he stuck with the political equivalent of making Carol Marcus the commander of Star Fleet.

Anyway, it’s rather humorous to hear Shatner referring to his directing career as a life lesson in rational compromise while defending core values. He’s directed two cinematic features — the notorious turkey Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and the even-worse Groom Lake, which currently has an IMDB rating of 2.4 on their 10-point scale. Even more amusing, he’s making that argument to the one man who united Republicans and the DFL in Minnesota — to cut Ventura out of the budgetary loop. He’s a great actor (if not exactly known for his ability to work well with others as he claims Hillary can do) and perhaps an even better raconteur, but this rationale for an early endorsement is as cerebral as Spock’s Brain.

I do have a Trek-related question for Captain Kirk, though, while we ponder the mysterious designation of Hillary Clinton as Madame Bipartisanship. What kind of a score would a cadet get on the Kobayashi Maru test if she refused to enter the Neutral Zone after receiving the distress call, and later blamed the incident on a mean-spirited subspace transmission? I’m, er … asking for a friend.


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Gotta go with teh Gorn.

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

What real man would wear a purple shirt, unless he’s for the Vikings or LSwho.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

“Celebrities… is there anything they don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Said cadet would be celebrated, and made the new leader of the Federation.

RblDiver on April 24, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Captain Kirk: Give Hillary the conn

CONNNNNNNNNNNMNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!

Myron Falwell on April 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Senility is a sad thing.

ConstantineXI on April 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

See? Warp travel warps the mind…

Kraken on April 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I love Shatner.

He’s in his 80′s, he’s in great shape, and he’s got an amazing sense of self. His books are actually pretty damn funny.

But yeah, sorry. Not giving Hillary the Conn. Ever.

Nethicus on April 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

EVIL KIRK!

Axe on April 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

OhNoes, my hero has fallen.

Twit.

avagreen on April 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

He needs a Vulcan mindmeld with reality.

avagreen on April 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

This is highly illogical, captain.

JQA on April 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

When I see Democrats this Nov. I see a sea of RED Shirts…

Engineer54 on April 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Everyone has an opinion. Just smile, and nod and try to change the subject.

Joseph OHenry on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

This is why I try not to follow celebs too closely with political views. It just ruins the image you build up in your head.

ThomasPaineandsuffering on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

God, she’s one ugly broad.

lostmotherland on February 26, 2014 at 4:09 PM

And so is he.

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Can we send her to the head, instead?

ajacksonian on April 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

The trouble with Tribbles …

mikeintsn on April 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Capt Kirk had a proclivity to bone green women. So there’s that.

HumpBot Salvation on April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Can he get Hillary to guest on ‘Shatner’s Raw Nerve’?

Nethicus on April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

He is out of his Vulcan mind

rjoco1 on April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

She’s dead, Jim.

HumpBot Salvation on April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

This thread will sound like an episode of The Big Bang Theory in less than 20 more minutes
:O

burrata on April 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I love Star Trek, but its ethos is the kind of simplistic communist Utopianism that fueled the 1960s and 1970s.

FIFY

And they didn’t hide.

I seriously doubt Hillary! would unite this country. She’s described herself as a progressive. We hates those nasty progressiveses.

rbj on April 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

“I love Shatner.

He’s in his 80′s, he’s in great shape, and he’s got an amazing sense of self. His books are actually pretty damn funny.

But yeah, sorry. Not giving Hillary the Conn. Ever.

Nethicus on April 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM”

Agreed. I admire his style and zest for life. But he, like so many other self-deluded leftist actors, has ruined movies and TV shows for me forever.

retiredtom on April 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Did he say Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllrrrrrrryyyyyyyy?

Bob from Ohio on April 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Captain, the idea is illogical.

Bevan on April 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Someone spent too much time in the transporter. It has affected his brain. Something has.

No Truce With Kings on April 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Much like syphilis that rotted away Capone’s mind in his final years, I do believe the Venusian Clap Kirk got from that green chick has finally gotten to our beloved captain.

M240H on April 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Ya know even in Star Trek utopia where there is no money and everyone gets what they need, someone still has to work in a hard vacuum environment to construct space stations, someone still has to move the radioactive material, someone still has to test the transporter to see if the problem which disfigured and killed the last guy to use it was repaired properly.

What happens in Utopia when no one steps forward to do the dirty jobs?

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

FIFY
And they didn’t hide.
I seriously doubt Hillary! would unite this country. She’s described herself as a progressive. We hates those nasty progressiveses.

rbj on April 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Your hatred of progress and those who fight for it is noted.

Still, you’re right about one thing. The country will never unite behind that right-wing charlatan, no matter how “progressive” she claim to be.

Trotsky on April 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

This is Scotty’s fault. If he’d just lay off the Scotch, he’d have fixed the transporter by now.

platypus on April 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

He is using logical evidence. Why the bad rap. Bill Clinton worked with both sides so why wouldn’t Hillary. No one has ever given her a chance!
Said cadet would probably be a vulcan and logically avoid the neutral zone as this is a no-win situation.

libbyscooter on April 24, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Kirk must have got a Hillary mind meld…

Electrongod on April 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Your hatred of progress and those who fight for it is noted.

Still, you’re right about one thing. The country will never unite behind that right-wing charlatan, no matter how “progressive” she claim to be.

Trotsky on April 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

How is reverting to a totalitarian economic system previously tossed onto the ash-heap of history “progress”?

M240H on April 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Kirk: “Spock, analysis!”

Spock (with one eye brow raised): “Pure insanity, Captain.”

Cherokee on April 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Your hatred of progress and those who fight for it is noted.
Trotsky on April 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Noted for whom?

M240H on April 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

She’s dead, Jim.

HumpBot Salvation on April 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Thread winner.

I’ll add that she’s not life as we know it.

AH_C on April 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Schadenfreude on April 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Hilarious!

tomshup on April 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

…by uniting the Yangs and the Comms…

Ed, you win the Internet today.

Shump on April 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Well,he11, looks like that damned K.lingon was right after all.

Kirk may be a swaggering, overbearing, tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood….

oscarwilde on April 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

“Give Hillary the conn?! I’m a doctor Jim, not a miracle worker!”

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Based on the photo and his attire, it appears The Good Captain just found out the Vikings won’t be playing in the Metrodome anymore.

Bruno Strozek on April 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Although James Tiberius may be from Iowa, Shatner is from Canada. Apologies to all.

MichiCanuck on April 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Star Trek yet?
I suppose a rational man could argue that Princess Hillary,in addition to having a robot-like heart, has the affection of a lot of robotic voters, but I would wager she would not do well with the R2D2 vote.
Even real robots enjoy their freedom.

Don L on April 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Shatner is a bit of a jerk. (I know, it’s shocking…)

CrazyGene on April 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

What happens in Utopia when no one steps forward to do the dirty jobs? Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

“Scotty, this is the captain speaking. Let me know when you’re finished scrubbing the septic tanks.”

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Just like Obama was going to bring racial harmony? Not so much.

jnelchef on April 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Spock would have made an excellent prez

RightisMight on April 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Shatner is a Canadian and cannot vote…

workingclass artist on April 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

“There’s… a… man on the wing… and… Hillary Clinton’s holding on to his coat tails for dear life…”

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Super advanced civilization and yet Captain Pike was stuck in a motorized easy chair and could only communicate using a little light: one blink for yes and two for no. Hell, even today we can do better than that.

ObamaCare, right there.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Well, this might explain why Spock won’t speak with him any longer. Hopefully, though, these ridiculous beliefs haven’t been passed on to his daughter, Kaley Cuoco. That would give me a sad.

MTF on April 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Too..much…bad…acting…in .. one… clip!!

Didn’t Ventura falsely claim to be a Navy Seal?

On the other hand, he did serve, and served honorably, and I thank him for it.

CableDude on April 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I love Bill. He’s terrific. One of the coolest people ever. I make allowances for his wackiness on things like this. He is a Hollyweirder after all.

No way I’m voting for Cankles though.

His priceline commercials are hilarious btw.

Together Again

HotAirian on April 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Ya know even in Star Trek utopia where there is no money and everyone gets what they need, someone still has to work in a hard vacuum environment to construct space stations, someone still has to move the radioactive material, someone still has to test the transporter to see if the problem which disfigured and killed the last guy to use it was repaired properly.

What happens in Utopia when no one steps forward to do the dirty jobs?

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Don’t tell me. You import illegal alien Klingons across the border to do them?

TarheelBen on April 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

That idea could use some antimatter.

Royal Fizzbin on April 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Idiot.

zoyclem on April 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Anyway, it’s rather humorous to hear Shatner referring to his directing career as a life lesson in rational compromise while defending core values. He’s directed two cinematic features — the notorious turkey Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and the even-worse Groom Lake, which currently has an IMDB rating of 2.4 on their 10-point scale.

I attended a Comic Con panel at which Shatner was discussing film with Roger Corman (yes he’s still alive; people were apparently surprised when I told them that). The panel was moderated by Kevin Smith.

In the Q and A session, I asked the panel what their favorite Star Trek story was, of all-time.

I only got an answer from Bill Shatner.

His favorite? Star Trek V of course.

Shatner made a point of discussing how the story he wanted to tell (the crew finds the actual Devil at the God planet, instead of an alien masquerading as one) wasn’t permitted to go forward by the studio.

…I gotta hand it to the man. No one can stick to his guns in defending mediocrity quite like him.

Love that guy, for better and worse.

Hawkins1701 on April 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

William Shatner endorsed Hillary.
Captain Kirk wouldn’t waste tribble dropping on Hillary.

valmessier on April 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I do have a Trek-related question for Captain Kirk, though, while we ponder the mysterious designation of Hillary Clinton as Madame Bipartisanship. What kind of a score would a cadet get on the Kobayashi Maru test if she refused to enter the Neutral Zone after receiving the distress call, and later blamed the incident on a mean-spirited subspace transmission? I’m, er … asking for a friend.

Ha ha ha ha.

So instead of Kirk telling Savik that he cheated because he doesn’t like to lose he should have said what difference at this point does it make?

gwelf on April 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Another actor who shows why actors should remain so.

Nothing to see here, move along move along.

kim roy on April 24, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Scotty: Give that (insert adjective) the conn, and you’ll get nothing but impulse power.

Rovin on April 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

What happens in Utopia when no one steps forward to do the dirty jobs?

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

You import illegal Klingons to do them?

TarheelBen on April 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

As a die hard Shatner and Trek fan this depresses me. Seriously guys, I am heart broken over this. As for Trek, I always felt like the original series had conservative undertones. How many times did Kirk violate the prime directive to free people from oppressive computers or entities and give them freedom?

Jack_Burton on April 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Ya know even in Star Trek utopia where there is no money and everyone gets what they need, someone still has to work in a hard vacuum environment to construct space stations, someone still has to move the radioactive material, someone still has to test the transporter to see if the problem which disfigured and killed the last guy to use it was repaired properly.
What happens in Utopia when no one steps forward to do the dirty jobs?
Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Those are the same people that maintain the toilets in movies/TV.

Unicorn handlers in their spare time.

kim roy on April 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Hmm. I can’t post anything for some reason. Have I been banned?

TarheelBen on April 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Palin-Shatner 2016!
“Dammit Jim…I’m a governor not a president!”

Bradky on April 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Libs = The Borg
Hillary = Their Queen

Scottie on April 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

MTF on April 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Kaley Cuoco is his daughter?!?!? That gives me a sad!

bernzright777 on April 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Never was a Trekkie, but I did enjoy Shatner’s performances in the two Twilight Zone episodes he did. Aside from that, I have no opinion of him and don’t place any stock in his politics, though he sounds like a typical Hollyweird leftist.

MisterElephant on April 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Shatner is a Canadian and cannot vote…

workingclass artist on April 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

He’s apparently a democrat..why would being Canadian stop him?

HumpBot Salvation on April 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

… and thus proving Picard the better Captain!

Cadian on April 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

See? Warp travel warps the mind…

Kraken on April 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I thought it was transporter beams?

Socratease on April 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

TarheelBen on April 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Oops, sorry for the almost double post. Hot Air is being weird to me today.

TarheelBen on April 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I might listen to Clint Eastwood’s opinion, at least he’s been a Mayor in the real world.

Socratease on April 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And in the role of Expendable Red Shirt Security Guys we have Ambassador Stevens, his aide, and two Navy SEAL’s.

Bishop on April 24, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Rush Limbaugh with William Shatner was bizarre enough.

Murphy9 on April 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

I think this is one reason I like Deep Space 9 more than a lot of the other series now. It’s not as idealistic and utopian.

Imrahil on April 24, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hoser

J_Crater on April 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Yeah, Trek did get into the Utopia bit. Interesting that they never specified how that money-less economy works where everyone gets what they need, and everyone works hard in the field they want to.

I’m with Imrahil. I enjoyed DS9 better than anyone of them except the original series. Captain Cisko was AWESOME.

RockinRickOwen on April 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Yeah, I get all my political insight from the likes of Jesse Ventura and William Shatner.

GarandFan on April 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Two useful idiots that need to be beamed into the sun.

Krupnikas on April 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

When I see Democrats this Nov. I see a sea of RED Shirts…

Engineer54 on April 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I’m a Republican and I typically feel like I’m just a schmuck in a red shirt to the power grabbing fools in Washington…

nextgen_repub on April 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

…Beam Him Up!

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Shatner’s a nice guy but like most people his age he is simply out of touch with current times.

Another Libertarian on April 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

He is violating the Prime Directive by interfering with life on this planet.

Joe Mama on April 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

“I like Captain Kirk, but I can’t say that I’m very fond of Bill” – James Doohan

RDH on April 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Get off the drugs!

Lonetown on April 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

BAZINGA-

Kaley Cuoco is his daughter?!?!? That gives me a sad!

bernzright777

Not his daughter… But plays one on TV…

Kuffar on April 24, 2014 at 5:29 PM

“Incoming message from the Big Giant Head!”

RDH on April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

What does Chris Pine think? Zachary Quinto?

flataffect on April 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Your attitude towards Hillary is highly illogical, Captain…

WestVirginiaRebel on April 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Well this makes perfect sense.

Sure we have no examples for Hillary every compromising; but look at all the times Bill Clinton Compromised with the Republicans.

Clearly Hillary, who is simply an appendage of Bill, and not a person in her own right will be the same.

That’s the correct liberal mindset, right? Women aren’t people on their own and are really just an extension of their husbands?

OH, that’s horribly sexist to think…
AND how we’re supposed to think of Hillary?

Weird.

gekkobear on April 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

“Celebrities… is there anything they don’t know?” -Homer Simpson

Akzed on April 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Brilliant post.

cgoode777 on April 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Wrong though he is, I appreciate that he didn’t use the platform to call Republicans knuckle dragging extremists or something.

LukeinNE on April 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

I’m sorry (not really) but I liked shatner….past tense.

I just can’t like people that are so butt ugly ignorant.

He made my sh!t list now, so just like fonda, he’s there for good.

Diluculo on April 24, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Beam her into Tuzla, Scotty.

Steve Z on April 24, 2014 at 7:02 PM

James T. Kirk is a highly respected leader and the greatest star ship captain ever.

William Shatner, not so much.

I’d follow Captain Kirk anywhere, any time for any reason.

William Shatner, not so much.

Captain Kirk looks out for his crew.

William Shatner, not so much.

allouchsit on April 24, 2014 at 7:02 PM

“Khaaaaaaaannnnnn!!!!!

Del Dolemonte on April 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM

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