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January 31, 2013 3:23 PM Welcome To the ‘14 Circus, Geraldo!

By Ed Kilgore

Boy, and I thought Paul Broun’s addition to the ranks of Republican Senate candidates for 2014 would be hard to top. But now comes the news that Geraldo Rivera is seriously eyeing a run for the Senate in New Jersey, per the Newark Star-Ledger:

The Fox news anchor longtime media personality said on his syndicated radio show today that he is seriously considering running for the New Jersey seat in 2014 as a Republican.
“I mention this only briefly: Fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on the show, according to a report on Washington D.C. blog TheHill.com. “I’ve 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.”

Well, I know Geraldo is a longstanding “Fox News Personality” who mostly works on the same radio station that’s Rush Limbaugh’s anchor. And he probably renewed his conservative street cred just last year by more or less asserting Trayvon Martin would still be alive if he hadn’t been wearing a hoodie (a statement for which he later “apologized” in what one observer called “the lamest apology ever to come from someone older than 6.”)

But still: can the party of “family values” that likes to blame gun violence on “trash culture” really go for the man who paved the low road for legions of later television freak-a-ganzas? Will his five marriages and self-proclaimed “thousands” of lovers be a problem? How’s about getting booted out of Iraq by the U.S. military for describing a planned operation?

Probably depends on whether he’s willing to self-fund.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on January 31, 2013 3:33 PM:

    If I were Lautenberg, and Rivera's my opponent, in my TV ads, I'd ask people if they want a Senator from their state who was a sucker and a fool - and show the footage of Geraldo, going through Al Capone's vault, and finding nothing except garbage.

    Kind of like FOX's entire line-up.

  • millsapian87 on January 31, 2013 3:34 PM:

    Three words: "Al Capone's Vault"

  • AndrewBW on January 31, 2013 3:35 PM:

    As long as Geraldo parrots the party line he'll be welcomed with open arms.

  • millsapian87 on January 31, 2013 3:36 PM:

    [shakes tiny fist at c u n d gulag]

  • HenryW on January 31, 2013 3:39 PM:

    Karl Marx once famously said "History repeats itself--first as tragedy, then as farce." With Rivera it's simpler: first as farce, then as Fox.

  • Gandalf on January 31, 2013 3:47 PM:

    This is one of those situations where you can be 100% certain that whoever runs against GRIV is glowing with the confidence of certain victory.

  • Matt on January 31, 2013 3:52 PM:

    This is all pleasant to think about, but I think we're about as likely to have Rivera as the nominee as we were to get Candidate Trump.

    There are many reasons for Rivera to claim he's running, and maybe even go through a few of the motions. But at the end of the day it'll be some regular politician.

  • Doug on January 31, 2013 4:01 PM:

    The ONLY way Rivera could get elected would be by depending on Christies' (current) coat-tails in 2014 and if Lautenburg, for whatever reason, wasn't running.
    Even then...

  • Anonymous on January 31, 2013 4:03 PM:

    Will his five marriages and self-proclaimed “thousands” of lovers be a problem? How’s about getting booted out of Iraq by the U.S. military for describing a planned operation?

    and

    'd ask people if they want a Senator from their state who was a sucker and a fool - and show the footage of Geraldo, going through Al Capone's vault, and finding nothing except garbage.

    It's the dawn of the Mustache of Failure!

    max
    ['Yay!']

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on January 31, 2013 4:04 PM:

    But still: can the party of “family values” that likes to blame gun violence on “trash culture” really go for the man who paved the low road for legions of later television freak-a-ganzas? Will his five marriages and self-proclaimed “thousands” of lovers be a problem? How’s about getting booted out of Iraq by the U.S. military for describing a planned operation?

    Jeez, Ed. You're asking as if the GOP actually has standards. The GOP has never let bad taste derail their campaigns (see 2012 GOP Primary).

  • max on January 31, 2013 4:07 PM:

    It's the dawn of the Mustache of Failure!

    'Age of ... Hi-lar-ri-ous... Age of Hi-lar-RI-OOOOUUUUUUUUS!'

    max
    ['I am not an anonymous, I am a three letter man!']

  • bdop4 on January 31, 2013 4:10 PM:

    If there's anyone who could make the GOP an even bigger joke than it already is, it's Geraldo Rivera. That said, I agree with Matt that he probably doesn't have the desire to go the distance and is taking notes from Sarah Palin's playbook.

  • paul on January 31, 2013 4:45 PM:

    The terrifying thought is that he would immiedatley join the ranks of the "moderates".

  • Stetson Kennedy on January 31, 2013 4:54 PM:

    It most likely won't be Frank Lautenberg Geraldo will have to worry about running against, but Newark mayor Corey Booker. Good luck with that Geraldo!

    This New Jersyite will be looking forward to pulling the lever against senor Rivera!

  • Peterlorre on January 31, 2013 5:19 PM:

    Pretty sure Geraldo is the circus.

  • Citizen Alan on January 31, 2013 5:47 PM:

    Will his five marriages and self-proclaimed “thousands” of lovers be a problem?

    It wasn't a problem for Dan Vitter that he was a whore-mongering diaper fetishist, was it?

  • HMDK on February 01, 2013 7:46 AM:

    "it's the dawn of the Mustache of Failure!"

    Argh! For a second I thought Friedman was running! Don't do this to me.