WWJD? (What Will Jesse Do?): Not Run, That’s What
As a tight Senate race stews in Minnesota, all eyes have been on Jesse Ventura, the former governor and professional wrestler, whose enigmatic responses to questions of whether he’ll run as a wild-card have left the state’s prognosticators — not to mention the candidates — at the edge of their seats.
But yesterday, in an interview with Larry King, Ventura finally announced his decision, indicating that he’s “maybe not religious enough” to win the job.
Maybe I’m not powerful enough, because let’s remember, George Bush, our president, said he talked to god before invading Iraq. I remember he was asked before the invasion, “Did you talk [about] this with your father?” And the president’s response was, “I spoke to a higher father.” Now that tells me he can talk to god and god talks to him, Larry.
In my 57 years, which it’ll be tomorrow, on the planet, god’s never spoken to me once — never. And so I will tell you now that I am not going to run — at this moment.
We’ll know in just a few hours if this decision is final: The deadline to file for candidacy is 5 pm today, central time. Always the puzzler, Ventura left open the remote possibility that he would change his mind:
But if between now and 5 o’clock, maybe god comes and speaks to me like he did the president, and tells me I should run like he apparently told the president to invade Iraq, well then maybe at 5 o’clock tomorrow, Larry — don’t call me a liar — just understand that god sent me a file. How’s that?
That’s not likely. This was a guy who once called organized religion “a sham and crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers.”
(That sigh of relief you just heard comes from Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his Democratic challenger, Al Franken.)