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FixCam: The Collision of Wrestling and Politics


The news that former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura was considering a return to the political ring, got The Fix to thinking about the best moments when two of his biggest passions -- wrestling and politics -- collided.

Our top five moments are below. Agree or disagree? Did we leave any one out? The comments section awaits.

5. Jerry "The King" Lawler runs for Memphis Mayor. The King, a well known wrestler before turning into commentator extraordinaire seemed to think his popularity in his hometown would translate into votes, and threw his crown into the ring in the 1999 mayoral race. The King, whose television ads were something short of spectacular, placed a distant third in the race. As the New York Times put it: "Mr. Lawler had hoped for a Jesse Ventura-style jump from the wrestling ring to the political arena, but his candidacy faltered, especially after he was indicted on charges of attacking a police officer this spring in a dispute over parking at the airport." Yeesh.

4. "Mr." Bob Backlund, one of the oldies but goodies from the earlier days of professional wrestling runs for Congress in 2000 as a Republican in a strongly Democratic Connecticut district. It was a shaky campaign (at best) and Backlund got less than 30 percent of the vote.

3. Hulk Hogan endorses and donates to Barack Obama's campaign -- one of the myriad celebrities to line up behind the Illinois senator during the primary season. It was John McCain, however, who best channels the Hulskter when he asks: "Watcha gonna do when John McCain and all his McCainiacs run wild on you?"

2. Nikolai Volkoff, the despised "Russian" wrestler who typified the Cold War sensibilities of wrestling in the 1980s, runs for a Maryland state House seat in 2006. Volkoff, who is actually Yugoslavian, gets 845 votes -- coming in fourth out of four candidates.

1. Ric Flair's endorsement of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's presidential bid made national news and gave Flair -- the aging, golden boy of the squared circle -- another term in the limelight. It also added to Huckabee's image as an unconventional and unorthodox politician and gave all of us (or at least The Fix) an excuse to scream "WOOOOOO!" at inappropriate times.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
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Thats funny since the story is owned by Fox news

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The Jesse Jackson story is a COMPLETE PLOY PREPLANNED AND CREATED AT OBAMA HEADQUARTERS.

It is pathetic.

The purpose of this pathetic exercise is to attempt to convince people that Jesse Jackson is a radical black leader and somehow Obama is a moderate black person and therefor OK, when actually that is a complete lie.

If anything, Jesse Jackson is the more moderate of the two by far.

This is unbelievable. Throw Jesse Jackson under the bus why don't you. Obama is a pathetic little liar who will do anything and say anything to lie to people and deceive them into voting for him.


Is this a post-racial candidate?

What bothers me about Obama is not that he is black but that he reminds me of Bill Clinton. Some guy skating by, lying his way through women, wine and politics. Seriously folks, if Obama came to you for a job interview, wouldn't you cut it short and thank him for his time? Obama is a worthless pathetic lying flip-flopping Empty Suit Slimy Fish. It is amazing how bad the people coming out of affirmative actions programs are - however if one draws conclusions from Obama, affirmative action is a complete failure - having produced the weakest set of people since the 1962 Mets. Obama and his team are so bad, it is difficult to find a proper analogy.

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Posted by: | July 10, 2008 11:42 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a fu&king story? With all that is going on this is the best you can come up with? What do they pay you for? What ever it is it's to much.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 11, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The news media has report on every gaffe or any questionable conduct by Barack Obama and his surrogates as far back as the democratic primary. They are reported on for weeks, when Hillary Clinton and now John McCain are giving a pass. It is beginning to look like it is becoming racially motivated by this type of reporting. Please report on this injustice. I added a report from the Huffington Post to back up my claim.

This article is from the Huffington Post.
During this past week: McCain called the most important entitlement program in the U.S. a disgrace, his top economic adviser called the American people whiners, McCain released an economic plan that no one thought was serious, he flip flopped on Iraq, joked about the deaths of Iranian citizens, and denied making comments that he clearly made -- TWICE. All this and it is not even Friday! Yet watching and reading the mainstream press you would think McCain was having a pretty decent political week, I mean at least Jesse Jackson didn't say anything about him.
But let's unpack McCain's week in a little more detail.
1. McCain unambiguously called Social Security "an absolute disgrace." This is not a quote taken out of context. John McCain called one of the most successful and popular government programs, which uses the tax revenues of current workers to support retirement benefits for the elderly "an absolute disgrace." This is shocking - and if uttered from Obama's mouth would dominate the news coverage and the Sunday shows, as pundits would speculate about the massive damage the statement would cause him among retirees in Florida.
2. McCain's top economic policy adviser calls Americans a bunch of "whiners" for being worried about the slumping economy. Words cannot fully explain how devastating this statement should be from Phil Gramm. You would think it would be enough to sink McCain's campaign. Of course McCain only thinks that the economic problems are psychological.
3. Iraqi leaders call for a timetable for U.S. withdrawal, McCain gets caught in a bizarre denial and flip flop. The Iraqis now want us to begin planning our withdrawal - McCain however wants to stay foooorrreeevvveerrrr. So what does McCain say - First, he refuses to accept Maliki's statement as being true. Then he concedes that it was an accurate statement, but was probably just a political ploy to curry favor with his own people and WOULD NOT influence his determination to keep US troops in Iraq indefinitely. Yet, McCain in 2004 at the Council on Foreign Relations said that if the Iraqis asked us to leave, we would have to go. No matter what. But that was apparently a younger and less experienced John McCain.
But let's just look at his comment that Maliki's statement is "just politics." If that is true, then it must also be true that the American military presence in Iraq is so unpopular with Iraqis that the government is forced to push for a timetable in order to survive at the ballot box. That's a reason to stay for 100 years.
4. McCain's economic plan to cut the deficit has no details and is simply not believable. There are so many things here. McCain pledges he would eliminate the deficit by the end of his
first term (the campaign latter flip flop flipped about whether it was four years or eight years), but does not provide any details about how he would do it. Economists on both sides of the political aisle said that this was simply not believable, especially given McCain's other proposals to a) cut individual and corporate taxes even further, b) extend the Bush tax cuts and c) massively increase defense spending on manpower (200,000 more troops) and d) maintain a long-term sizable military presence in Iraq.

5. McCain's deficit plan includes bringing the troops home represents a major Iraq flip-flop. Speaking of the long-term military presence - a story that has gotten absolutely no attention is that McCain now believes the war will be over soon. The economic forecasts made by his crack team of economists predict that there will be significant savings during McCain's first term because we will have achieved "victory" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The savings from victory (ie the savings from not having our troops there) will then be used to pay down the deficit. The only way this could have any impact on the deficit in McCain's first time is if troop withdrawals start very soon. So McCain believes victory is in our grasps and we can begin withdraw troops from Iraq pretty much right away -- doesn't sound that different from Obama's plan does it. Someone should at least ask McCain HOW HE DEFINES VICTORY - and why he thinks we will achieve it in the next couple of years.
6. McCain campaign misled about economists support. In the major press release the McCain campaign issued to tout its Jobs for America economic plan that would balance the budget in 4 years, it included the signatures of more than 300 economists who the campaign claimed to support the plan. Only problem is that the economists were actually asked to sign up to SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Um, hello?
7. McCain makes a joke about killing Iranians. Haha... that's just McCain being McCain. I am sure that is exactly how it is being reported in Tehran. This guy is running for President not to become a talk radio pundit. Yet according to the AP this was just a humanizing moment between candidate and spouse - I am not sure when joking about the deaths of civilians became humanizing.
8. McCain denies, flatly, that he ever said that he is not an expert in economics. Are you kidding?
9). McCain distorts his record on veterans benefits in response to a question from Vietnam Veteran, who then proceeds to call McCain out on it.
10.) McCain demonstrates he knows nothing about Afghanistan and Pakistan. McCain said "I think if there is some good news, I think that there is a glimmer of improving relationship between Karzai and the Pakistanis." Pat Barry notes how crazy this comment is..."Just what "glimmer" is McCain talking about?? Maybe he's referring to President Karzai's remarks last month, which threatened military action in Pakistan if cross-border attacks persisted? Or maybe McCain is talking about Afghanistan's allegations that Pakistan's ISI was involved in a recent assassination attempt on Karzai? Maybe in McCain's world you could call that a silver-lining, but in reality-land I'd call it something else."
Any one of these incidents and comments would dominate the news cycle if they came from the Obama campaign. Yet McCain barely gets a mention. The press like to see themselves as political referees - neutral observers that call them like they see em'. But they want this to be a horse race and so all the calls right now are going one way. How else can you explain the furor last week over the Obama "refine" comment - which represented zero change in Obama's position on Iraq - and the "swift boat" mania over Wesley Clark's uncontroversial comments (psss... by the way McCain exploits his POW experience in just about every ad - yet he says he doesn't like to talk about it).
This Sunday expect the ten incidents above to get short shrift from pundit after pundit, because after all Jesse Jackson said he wanted to cut Obama's nuts off.

Posted by: Roh | July 11, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Obama will pick him as his VP choice.

VJ Machiavelli
ps Iran-Have Missiles Will Fire, see video
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 11, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

The Jesse Jackson story is a COMPLETE PLOY PREPLANNED AND CREATED AT OBAMA HEADQUARTERS.

It is pathetic.

The purpose of this pathetic exercise is to attempt to convince people that Jesse Jackson is a radical black leader and somehow Obama is a moderate black person and therefor OK, when actually that is a complete lie.

If anything, Jesse Jackson is the more moderate of the two by far.

This is unbelievable. Throw Jesse Jackson under the bus why don't you. Obama is a pathetic little liar who will do anything and say anything to lie to people and deceive them into voting for him.


Is this a post-racial candidate?

What bothers me about Obama is not that he is black but that he reminds me of Bill Clinton. Some guy skating by, lying his way through women, wine and politics. Seriously folks, if Obama came to you for a job interview, wouldn't you cut it short and thank him for his time? Obama is a worthless pathetic lying flip-flopping Empty Suit Slimy Fish. It is amazing how bad the people coming out of affirmative actions programs are - however if one draws conclusions from Obama, affirmative action is a complete failure - having produced the weakest set of people since the 1962 Mets. Obama and his team are so bad, it is difficult to find a proper analogy.

.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow. McCain was horrible on WWE -- welcome to Awkward Pandering Theater! Obama was pretty bad, and I say that as a wholehearted Obama supporter, but not quite as bad as McCain, I think.

Posted by: Clear-Eyed? | July 10, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

the coveted ric flair endorsement? lol

i think the fix is needing some of mccain's patented "psychological" relief.

Posted by: cur | July 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

And all that NAFTA stuff, I just said that to get elected.

Or did I?

Posted by: snObama | July 10, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad that the Iron Sheik hasn't run for office in his native Fayette County in Georgia.

Posted by: Tanvir | July 10, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

As you all know, I have superb judgment, not including war, economics, history, legislation, leadership or any of that stuff, but the other stuff.

Well recently I allowed my kids to go on access hollywood. this was a mistake. Once again, I was overcome by the passion of the moment. this happens to me a lot, as you know.

I just don't want any of you to include this in the enormous list of bad judgments I have made, even if it belongs.

when you consider all the other stuff I have been so wrong about, this is really nothing. wait until tomorrow, there will be plenty more.

Posted by: snObama | July 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Not a joke. Pro wrestling is one of the few ways to reach young white males who might otherwise be out gang stalking or getting high. Both Obama and McCain would be wise to nice up to Mr. McMahon and his stable of chair-slammers.

I once interviewed the Nature Boy (Flair) and he's very intelligent and a good businessman. He could teach Obama something about taking a hit (like not going all girly on Matt Lauer because his wife and kids teased him on Access Hollywood).

Since I mentioned "gang stalking" you might want to check out http://www.nowpublic.com under the "world" section for more on the story, which I've told here before.

Posted by: scrivener | July 10, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Marge, get a load of this, a guy talking into a baked potato. Only on the Internets!

Posted by: Optimyst | July 10, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Best blog post in months, possibly ever

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"It was John McCain, however, who best channels the Hulskter when he asks: "Watcha gonna do when John McCain and all his McCainiacs run wild on you?"

God, could you stop gushing over McCain? It's disgusting, demeaning and embarrassing to watch. Not to mention unethical.

You're like a professional bootlicker -- and that's being too kind.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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