The End is Nigh

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Veteran broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera says he’s considering a run for a US Senate seat from New Jersey in 2014.

“I mention this only briefly … fasten your seatbelt,” he said Thursday on his mid-day radio program. “I am and have 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 in New Jersey.”

Yes, the guy who, when the rest of us were sorting through the ambiguities, thought the hoodie was the real villain in the Trayvon Martin case. The guy who felt no compunction about broadcasting the location of the 101st Airborne in the middle of the Iraq war. The guy we have to thank for the deinstitutionalization movement for the mentally ill (though let’s concede that his original reporting was covering people in legitimately horrific circumstances).

Is there an upside? Well, I guess, if he makes it, the upper chamber can now do its paternity tests in-house. They could even do the reveals during sweeps.

Good lord. Sooner or later, we’re just going to have to throw up our hands and let Ryan Seacrest host election night.

  1. billy
    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    Good lord. Sooner or later, we’re just going to have to throw up our hands and let Ryan Seacrest host election night. · · 2 minutes ago

    OMG!!!

    Troy, that’s a brilliant idea. You may have just found a way to save CNN.

  2. Valiuth

    Geraldo would certainly be entertaining. I wish him luck and may his Republican opponent trounce him.

  3. Jimmy Carter

    I can see Geraldo walking into the White House, camera crews all around, and opening the door to the Oval Office only to find the Office empty.

  4. Fred Cole

    If the Democrats can have United States Senator Al Franken then the Republicans can have Senator Rivera…

    Look, he’s done a lot of crap.  

    But exposing Willowbrook evens him out karma-wise in my book. 

  5. Trace

    Allow me to be the first to congratulate Senator-elect Booker on his impressive electoral victory.

  6. iDad

    The Republican governor of New Jersey is the guy who lavished praise on Obama just before the 2012 election, said he cried when he spoke to Springsteen by phone, told opponents of the Ground Zero mosque to shut up, stated that being in the US illegally is not a crime and is a climate change alarmist.  Your point about Geraldo is . . .?

  7. EJHill

    Like shooting fish in a barrel…

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  8. Percival

    I was just going to say, EJ, that if he gets elected, we might be able to get Federal help to find the vault at last.

  9. Ross C

    Her-Al-Do

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    Her-Al-Do

    I live in Texas but I wanna vote for him…..Hmmmmmm.

  10. Mollie Hemingway
    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    Yes, the guy who, when the rest of us were sorting through the ambiguities, thought the hoodie was the real villain in the Trayvon Martin case. The guy who felt no compunction about broadcasting the location of the 101st Airborne in the middle of the Iraq war. The guy we have to thank for the deinstitutionalization movement for the mentally ill (though let’s concede that his original reporting was covering people in legitimately horrific circumstances).

    You put it this way and he sounds better than the average Senator.

  11. Duane Oyen
    billy

    Troy Senik, Ed.:

    Good lord. Sooner or later, we’re just going to have to throw up our hands and let Ryan Seacrest host election night. · · 2 minutes ago

    OMG!!!

    Troy, that’s a brilliant idea. You may have just found a way to save CNN. · 1 hour ago

    Yeah- he’d be better than Brian Williams or Scott Pelley.

  12. Frozen Chosen

    Hey, at least he’s not a pedophile like Menendez, although Geraldo has slept with Bette Midler, which may be worse…

  13. Cold Friday Warrior

    Please give Geraldo some props. He was overzealous in revealing troop movements in Kuwait, yes. But Geraldo is an American patriot of the Left. He had a cozy NY-set TV gig, but after 9/11, he gave it up to go to god-forsaken lots in the world telling the stories of our troops in the War on Terrorism. He lost friends in 9/11 and was deeply moved by what happened to them and his country that day. I’ve worked with him personally in Iraq, when I served there as a soldier. I may desire someone else to serve as a U.S. Senator. But, as a man, I have great respect for Geraldo and his willingness to accompany our troops in the hot spots and tell their stories fairly. Can you imagine anyone of the lib commentators on MSNBC today going out into the field to cover our troops the fair way Geraldo has done and for such duration? I surely can’t think of any.

  14. Vance Richards

    So, my choices will be, Weekend At Frankie’s (come on, you know he died a decade ago), Geraldo, or the guy who did nothing to lower Newark’s murder rate but is popular because he Tweets? I might be sitting this one out.

  15. Paul J. Croeber

    The world’s foremost deliberative body could include as a member Geraldo?!?! 

  16. Fred Cole
    Frederick Key

    Fred Cole: 

    But exposing Willowbrook evens him out karma-wise in my book.  · 1 hour ago

    Just what I was thinking–compared to Franken, Rivera would be Daniel Webster. 

    Yeah.  I mean ten years ago Sen. Geraldo Rivera would be a scandal.  But Franken lowered the bar.

    Not that the bar was high to begin with.  The US Senate has been a sewer for a couple of centuries now.

  17. Pencilvania

    Well, he knows the media.  He’s in the media, his brother is in the media, and I imagine O’Reilly would endorse him against a liberal Democrat.  I’d say that’s a lot of leverage right there. 

  18. Umbra Fractus

    I don’t know what’s worse, that the best we can say about this is, “It’s no more ridiculous than Al Franken,” or that we have Al Franken around to make that comparison.

  19. Crow

    We now live in an age where a man who appeared in Playgirl magazine might run for the United States Senate.

    [This fact discovered by a Geraldo Rivera image search, which also unearthed this beaut:

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    thanks be to the gods that the 70s are over]

  20. TheSophist

    Yes, Geraldo is embarrassing and bad.

    But I’m having trouble thinking of a Democrat senator I would prefer over him at the moment. Feel free to suggest some names I may have overlooked.