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K for Kerry?

Some days you just can't get away from certain people. Today seems to be a "twofer" on John Kerry.

Last week, a Boston talk show started discussing possible rivals to run against John Kerry in 2008. The consensus seemed to be that the only way to oust him would be for a Democratic challenger, because Republicans in Massachusetts... well, the ones you can find are all right, but they're getting scarcer than war-supporting Democrats. But one name came to the forefront, and I have to say that I think he'd make a pretty good candidate.

Curt Schilling.

Yeah, the guy who has zero interest in sports finds himself interested in a professional athlete as a potential politician. But hear me out. Schilling has a hell of a lot more going for him than his curveball.

Schilling won the adoration of a lot of New Englanders during the 2004 post season. He tore a ligament in his ankle, but kept playing. His bloody red sock (he tore open the stitches first in the pennant race, then in the World Series) ended up in the Baseball Hall Of Fame, and he helped the Red Sox break an 87-year "curse" and win the championship. Two images became icons of that series that no Red Sox can ever forget: Schilling's blood-soaked sock, and his embrace of Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky after they won the final game.

OK, he's a hell of a good athlete and a good sport, but what does that mean? How does that make him fit to be a United States senator?

It doesn't.

That's why you have to look off the field.

Schilling is a hell of a generous man, both publicly and privately. He has his charity, "Curt's Pitch For ALS," which raises money to fight ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). In fact, after he injured his ankle in 2004, he knew that the cameras would be focusing on his right foot and ankle, so he wrote "K ALS" on the shoe to plug the cause.

Also, he tried to quietly sponsor a family of Katrina victims, a couple and their NINE children, putting them up in a Boston hotel, but word got out that he was the "anonymous donor."

And after being called to testify before the Senate on the use of steroids in baseball, Schilling took his signed subpoena and put it up for auction, with the proceeds going to Curt's Pitch For ALS.

OK, toss in that he's generous and charitable. Big whoop. What else does he have?

Well, he's hugely popular with gamers. He's a self-confessed addict to Advanced Squad Leader, and actually organized a tournament when the "official" one conflicted with baseball season. He's also played online as a fundraiser for Curt's Pitch, invited players to attend Red Sox games, and has actually started his own game company -- Green Monster Games, named after the infamous left field wall of Fenway Park.

OK, he's got some business acumen. What's he like politically?

In 2004, he campaigned for President Bush. He's also a devout born-again Christian, but not the overly preachy type. (I strongly suspect that would not go over too well in the dugout.)

Schilling has announced that this season will be his last. So by the end of October, he'll have plenty of free time on his hands.

And let's not forget his wife, Shonda. She survived a bout with skin cancer, and made that her crusade. The couple set up the SHADE Foundation after the self-confessed "sun worshipper" had her scare.

They have the perquisite adorable children (4), and -- let's be blunt -- Shonda herself is a major hottie.

So, will Schilling run against Kerry? Could he win?

All I know is that the people of Massachusetts could do worse.

And if you look at the two senators they have represnting them now, they have done worse -- a lot worse. Pretty much ANYONE would be an improvement over Kennedy and Kerry.


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Comments (34)

I'm sure Rudy Giuliani woul... (Below threshold)
Ironman:

I'm sure Rudy Giuliani would campaign for him in spite of the rivalry!

Pretty much ANYONE would... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

Pretty much ANYONE would be an improvement over Kennedy and Kerry.

Senator Mumbles?

I think the twin K's should be thrown out on their ears, but I have an automatic aversion to any statement that reduces to "things couldn't be any worse." The minute you say that, things will get worse just to prove you wrong.

He'll be going up against a... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

He'll be going up against a pariah like Kerry that the voters in MA seem to have elevated to a status of 'untouchable', no matter what he does or says.
I think Curt would make an excellant candidate, but the voters in MA seem to be delusional at best and insane when veiwed from a distance given their current selections.

I read today that only 24 o... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I read today that only 24 of the 200 Massachusetts' state legislators are Republican? 88% of the elected reps are Democrats? That's an amazing plurality. Anyone know of a similar plurality, Republican or Democrat, in any of the other states?

As for Schilling, it might behoove the MA GOP to run Schilling in a spot where he has a better chance of winning. Their KDS shouldn't blind them to the fact that Kerry is virtually unbeatable in his home state. Schilling has zero political experience, and he isn't going to beat Kerry.

The jock vs. the jerk? The ... (Below threshold)

The jock vs. the jerk? The curveball vs. the screwball? So he can throw a ball. But can he wind-surf? What does he know about ketchup? Where was he on Christmas Eve?

Quite a good topic Jay. We... (Below threshold)
robert the original:

Quite a good topic Jay. Well done.

Wow! A gamer? Cute children... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Wow! A gamer? Cute children? Evangelical?

Let's let him make decisions for our country.

Wow! A pathological liar? A... (Below threshold)
Mike G in Corvallis:

Wow! A pathological liar? A narcissist? Someone who's been in Congress for 22 years who hasn't done a damn thing and hasn't ever had an original idea?

Let's let Kerry make decisions for our country ... NOT!

You had me at the gamer par... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

You had me at the gamer part. I have yet to meet a gamer who can't discuss the war more intelligently than 99% of the population, no matter which side they are on.

jp2 - I'm not sure... (Below threshold)

jp2 -

I'm not sure you read the posting - if you require help with any of the big words, there are some excellent on-line dictionaries now.

Hey, I think Curt would be ... (Below threshold)

Hey, I think Curt would be great! Just think about it, if Curt was in Vietnam with jfk he too would have received a purple heart.

Honestly, you can't get more American than baseball, so Curt is far ahead of jfk and his anti-american agenda.

Lee,Hawai`i is alm... (Below threshold)
Ken Hupp:

Lee,

Hawai`i is almost as big a Democrat state as Massachussets. Part of that can be traced to a unionized workforce totalling about 24%, which is way above the national average. In Hawai`i Republicans hold only 13 of the 76 seats in the legislature, giving Democrats an 80% majority in the Senate and 84% in the House. They also hold every single Congressional seat like Massachusetts. About the only difference is that we have a Republican Governor. But then again, so did Massachusetts prior to last November's elections.

Ken

... as I read on some comme... (Below threshold)
yo:

... as I read on some comment post regarding Schilling, he spilled more blood in the WS than Kerry ever did in his (whopping) 3 months in Vietnam.

That should give him an edge, right there.

(KDS or not, I'm still waiting on the release of those military records, as promised there, Waffles)

But hey, it's said that you get the government you deserve. Guess the folks of MA are proving that point.

While I like the thoughts i... (Below threshold)
epador:

While I like the thoughts in this piece, I am surprised to see no posts about the huge demonstrations yesterday against war. Or Jane Fonda saying she's kept her mouth shut 'cause she was afraid she'd hurt the anti-war effort by guilt of association, but now she was no longer worried such a thing could hurt "the movement."

I think that eclipses ol' JFK and finding someone to run against him. Folks, we got a whole lot more that ol' JFK to worry about.

Huge? By some counts almos... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Huge? By some counts almost 10k. Mark that against hundreds of thousands in the past...

Jane wasn't afraid of hurting the movement. Hard to make a corpse's condition worse...

Thank you , Ken. Very much ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Thank you , Ken. Very much appreciated. US Dept of Labor's Bureau of Labor statistics reported yesterday that union membership is down to 12% nationwide, so Hawaii's ratio is indeed high, but according to the report Massachusetts' union membership is only a little above average at 15%.

- Stats home.
- Stats.

See perevious comments abou... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

See perevious comments about previous posts about Jay Tea and KDS.

The end.

P.S. You relapsed already. I'm so disappointed.

H

Hugh, there are days when I... (Below threshold)

Hugh, there are days when I simply do not feel complete if you don't feel "disappointed."

This is one of those days.

Your dissatisfaction is a wonderful barometer.

J.

I for one would love to see... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

I for one would love to see the GOP waste millions of dollars trying to run someone against Kerry in his own state. Go ahead if you got a spare 10-15 million dollars that you don't care about.

Kerry would crush any GOP candidate. Any one of them.

Let's not forget, Schilling... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Let's not forget, Schilling never left a young woman to drown after driving his car into the water either. I'm sure someone would have turned that up and talked endlessly about it by now.

Hey hughie how long did it ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey hughie how long did it take for you to get Jay's foot out of you ass? LMAO

Jaku tells us ONE thing tha... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Jaku tells us ONE thing that sKerry has done while is has been a senator other then showing what a traitorus SOB he is. Old horseface has a bad case of foot in the mouth diease.

His boy, Daniel Ortega, won... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

His boy, Daniel Ortega, won in Nicaragua with only 38% of the vote in a corrupt power grab, so at least that worked out for Kerry.

I bet he wishes he had that kind of power. Hell, 38%, he could do that . . .

Jay:As an esteemed... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

Jay:

As an esteemed writer and crtic you should know the difference between dissatisfaction and disappointment. Your Websters will show you the difference.

I am never dissatisfied reading the posts here. I am always disappointed when someone I admire relapses.

H

Jaku tells us ONE thing ... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Jaku tells us ONE thing that sKerry has done while is has been a senator other then showing what a traitorus SOB he is. Old horseface has a bad case of foot in the mouth diease

Only one thing? Well, I don't live in MA but I remember the BCCI and Iran Contra, the latter of which was pretty damn huge. And as much as you would like to think he hates veterans and the military, he has done positive things for vets and was active on the POW MIA back in the 80s.

But that really doesn't matter either way, the original idea was, no matter who the GOP decides to run against Kerry will lose, and badly at that.

Remember Jeannie Pirro anyone? How about calling Alan Keys, he is always willing to lose an election by at least 40 points every time he runs.

Nice try Jacku. It does no... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

Nice try Jacku. It does not change the fact that John Kerry is a traitorous asshole with questionable purple hearts (self inflicted) who has achieved nothing in life other than marrying rich women and spending money earned by other men.

In other words, he's a sack of sh!t sponge wannabe famous bostonite.

Bob, what do you mean nice ... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

Bob, what do you mean nice try? Jhow asked me for one thing Kerry did as a Senator, and I gave two examples. What's the problem?

Or maybe you don't like the plain truth about the original post. Any GOP candidate who runs against Kerry in 08, any one of them, will get their butts kicked by at least 25 points.

I won't even get into the whole purple heart thing, that issue is so played out but if it makes you feel better about knowing that Kerry will get reelected in his home state without cracking a sweat, then by all means call him a traitor and all those other words of anger you hurl.

Actually, he isn't a wannabe famous bostonite, he is a bona fide famous bostonite.

Hell, here at Wizbang, you guys post how many articles on him in one week?

Oh, and John McCain married a rich wife, does that make him bad too?

The blood soaked sock, his ... (Below threshold)
Judith:

The blood soaked sock, his contributions to charity, his decency....does this sound like a Massachusetts politician? I though not. Schilling seems like a nice, decent person, please don't destroy him by throwing him into politics (especially in this state).

The veterans of vietnam kno... (Below threshold)
Judith:

The veterans of vietnam know kerry sold the pows down the river for a business transaction one of his relatives had with the communist vietnamese (harbor dredging, I believe). Kerry is the dolt senator who does nothing and leaves the field wide open for kennedy. Every time these two (I'm not including the reps...their a story of their own) show up in public I cringe. The rest of the country laughs at what reprobates we elect for politicians.

Why is anyone thrill... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Why is anyone thrilled by the idea that John Kerry could easily win reelection against anybody who ran against him?

That's not a form of KDS talking - why would anyone be happy that their representative in Congress only has to put out the barest of efforts in order to continue to hold his/her seat? That's largely why we have the Congress that we have - even the biggest of crooks get relected with ease.

In Kerry's case, he's been the junior Senator from Massachussetts thoughout his entire time in the Senate. How many excellent candidates have been lost to the citizens of Massachusetts during the period that Kerry and Kennedy have had a lock on those 2 positions?

And for what? Even the Kerry supporters here have only been able to come up with a few examples of what he has done and frankly, those don't speak as highly of Kerry as his supporters seem to think they do. When you have to go back a couple of decades, it's time to ask "why" he should be returned to office.

it's time to ask "why" h... (Below threshold)
Jaku:

it's time to ask "why" he should be returned to office.

That should be asked of every incumbent ,every time there's an election.

why would anyone be happy that their representative in Congress only has to put out the barest of efforts in order to continue to hold his/her seat?

Perhaps the voters in that state are satisfied with his job as their senator. Maybe that's why he and other tenured politicians get re-elected again and again, because people who like them vote for them. When the people in whatever state no longer approve of the job, they have the right to elect someone else.

Even the Kerry supporters here have only been able to come up with a few examples of what he has done and frankly, those don't speak as highly of Kerry as his supporters seem to think they do.

A question was asked of me to provide one example of anything Kerry did during his time in the Senate. I responded with two, and they were rather major compared to most things that happen in there. There are certainly more things one could find, but the US Senate isn't some kind of popularity contest or jumprope battle, it's a slow legislative body. Things are boring as hell in there, ever watch it on C-Span?

Ask the same question of any repubican Senator. What groundbreaking work has Lott done? Hutchinson? Cornyn? Liddy Dole? Kay Bailey from TX? Ted Stevens? Or Reid,


That should be asked of ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

That should be asked of every incumbent ,every time there's an election.

Absolutely agreed.

Perhaps the voters in that state are satisfied with his job as their senator.

Interesting that you said that. Kerry didn't show up for work for two years and your think his constituents like that?

Do you think it is because it limited the harm that he could do or that because they simply didn't notice he wasn't there?

As to how he gets reelected ... well, half billion dollar personal fortunes might have something to do with it.

I responded with two, and they were rather major compared to most things that happen in there.

Oh, the EVENTS were major. Kerry's contribution is what is being discussed however. No one has disputed that he will talk endlessly when a camera and microphone are in front of him.

Ask the same question of any repubican Senator. What groundbreaking work has Lott done? Hutchinson? Cornyn? Liddy Dole? Kay Bailey from TX? Ted Stevens? Or Reid,

And I have no problem with doing that either.

However, Kerry is the subject for discussion for the moment .... and no, we are not taking Reid. Your party elected him Majority Leader - you are stuck with him. :-)

Unfortunately, Curt Schilli... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Unfortunately, Curt Schilling just said on WEEI that 2007 will not be his last year. As fun as this would be to watch (and I think he would have had a fighting chance) he decided, with his family's input, that he will not retire from baseball at the end of this season.

If former MLB pitcher and a... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

If former MLB pitcher and author of "Ball Four" fame can become a politician, why not Schilling.

Of course, Schilling just said he will NOT retire at the end of the 2007 season, thus rendering such political aspiration speculation moot, at least for the time being.




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