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6/27/2014

Friday Amusement, Part II

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:10 pm

[guest post by Dana]

I love JD’s Friday Amusement post. It’s the end of the week, time for a relaxing weekend and what better way to start to unwind than with something absurd? Or hilariously absurd. Preferably both.

With that, I wanted to post another Friday amusement…

Guess who may be considering a run for governor of California??

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That’s right. People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney!

According to the Mirror, Clooney, a friend of President Obama’s and an advocate for a range of high-profile issues, was being courted by the commander-in-chief to make a run for California’s highest office, likely in 2018.

Clooney is supposedly considering a career shift to politics partly due to his recent engagement toAmal Alamuddin, a British human rights lawyer, according to the Mirror.

The truthfulness of the rumors is questionable, but if Clooney were to run and win, he would follow in the footsteps of actors Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who traded the silver screen for Sacramento.

Now, for those of you rolling your eyes and disparaging him even before you hit the keyboard, given our current crackerjack politicians’ stranglehold on the state, Clooney would, at the least, be a sight for sore eyes. Glam up Sacramento, too. Further, given our desperate state of affairs, anything that might bring relief to the state would be a good thing. And that just might be a pretty face.

What? You doubt me?

Look again.

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Keep in mind, with 51% of California’s population female, there is a very good chance Clooney would be elected on his charm and good looks, alone. Why ruin things by bringing his politics into it?

59 Responses to “Friday Amusement, Part II”

  1. I doubt he would be any worse that Arnie. If Kellyfornia is still around in 2018, that is.

    Gazzer (6a76d0)

  2. Why would he not run? He certainly would be elected and he could play in the playground of socialism as if he knows what he is doing. It would be Arnold all over again.

    Seriously, California today reminds me of the “Beverly Hillbillies.” Except the hillbillies are art history majors.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  3. The only thing that leans right with this guy is that dumbass tilt affectation he makes with his head in every movie when he’s supposed to come off as a “tough guy.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  4. Another vapid movie star is just what California needs…

    WarEagle82 (b18ccf)

  5. I knew there had to be a reason he finally decided to get married. :)

    elissa (0b3bcd)

  6. nk, I suspect you have not adequately appreciated the um, uniqueness that is our future governor. Countering it with hot chicks is just more evidence of the partriarchal-objectifying-man-animalish-sexist behavior Amanda warned me about!

    Dana (fe2228)

  7. Bingo, elissa. I read somewhere that his come-on was an email to her:

    “I think the reported hottest man in the world should meet with the hottest human rights lawyer in the world.”

    Dana (fe2228)

  8. eeeew, Dana.

    elissa (0b3bcd)

  9. I know. But it seems to have worked. Of course it has to be true cuz I’m sure I read it in the British papers.

    Dana (fe2228)

  10. It would be Arnold all over again.

    Your underestimating just how leftwing Clooney is. If Schwarzenegger is squishy-centrist-neo-liberal-squish-squish-itsy-rightie, then Clooney is ultra-ultra-ultra-liberal-uber-leftie.

    The only thing that will save the “Golden State” is not its politics tilting right (since that will happen when hell freezes over), but if its demographics become new and improved. And since the latter probably will occur also when that proverbial hell freezes over, the future for this part of America looks bright and promising.

    Mark (fdb0fc)

  11. Keep in mind, with 51% of California’s population female, there is a very good chance Clooney would be elected on his charm and good looks, alone. Why ruin things by bringing his politics into it?

    Plus he would get a large chunk of the gay vote.

    Paul (2bba80)

  12. Pretty sure that Jerry Brown was elected based on wimpiness and unicorn dreams, so . . .

    Icy (eccb48)

  13. R.I.P. Bobby Womack, legendary soul singer

    Icy (eccb48)

  14. If we’re going to be led by moral midgets, they might as well be good looking – in stark contrast to the average Dem in Sacramento today who confirms the adage that politics is Hollywood for the less than attractive.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  15. WarEagle82 (b18ccf) — 6/27/2014 @ 7:42 pm

    I beg to differ.
    George Murphy and Ronald Reagan were not vapid.
    Arnie … but he aspired to be vapid.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  16. Maybe Clooney could rip off a casino to balance the budget.

    Estragon (ada867)

  17. I like the music in one of his movies.

    mg (31009b)

  18. I am a man, of constant sorrow!

    felipe (960c75)

  19. Pretty sure that Jerry Brown was elected based on wimpiness and unicorn dreams, so . . .

    Icy (eccb48) — 6/27/2014 @ 10:15 pm

    First time he was elected, Moonbeam was riding a Stone Pony…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. #19… Great movie, felipe! The American was good, too… about the only movies I could stand watching him in.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  21. Would be great fun to see an good-looking empty suit deal with a state treasury in deficit death.A happy voiceover or 90 minute movie is not changing anything.

    Cllooney is often compared to Cary Grant.], also a fancy handsome man who wasn’t much an actor.But he looked great doing it. . Grant dated numerous actresses but never married until alter in life. He lived mostly with very good fiend Randolph Scott. NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. JUMP TO YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS..

    Bugg (b0486f)

  22. Clooney would be a great Gov. He is gay. He likes Obama. He would nominate a transgender to something really important. What else do you all in California want or need? Clooney is the answer I tell ya.

    highpockets (bc1bd4)

  23. with 51% of California’s population female, there is a very good chance Clooney would be elected on his charm and good looks

    militant feminists and lesbians aren’t swayed by such things.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  24. California is pretty well f**ked so it matters little who the governor is. I’ve lived here 58 years and watched the decline begin about 1994. Proposition 187 passed with 60% of the vote. It was than struck down by a federal judge appointed by Jimmy Carter. Once that happened the, bars were down and the slide accelerated.

    Prop 8, similarly passed by 60%, was quickly overturned by another leftist judge who then married his gay lover.

    George can have it. I am still here only because my kids and grandkids are here.

    Mike K (cd7278)

  25. OK– we need a rule. When something is billed as “amusing” it should be actually amusing.
    I’m not taking issue with Friday Amusement I or II, as both are interesting and have brought forth some very good comments. But maybe I am improperly conflating amusing with fun. Pointing out how dumb people are, and how those people actually have influence over our lives is a downer. Not that we don’t need to know this stuff, its just not “amusing.”

    Gramps, the original (29ecf6)

  26. There was something amiss with Newsom when he cheated on Kimberly Guilfoyle, likewise Clooney passed on Elisabetta Canalis and Stacey Keibler, there’s something wrong with him, you can Rule 5 for illustration,

    narciso (3fec35)

  27. George can have it. I am still here only because my kids and grandkids are here.

    In the past, I’ve sometimes wondered what it must be like being a citizen of a second-rate, corrupt, downwardly mobile nation, a place similar to a cross between a Greece and France, or a Mexico, or a Venezuela, and now I think we’ll all be living that experience more and more as each year goes by.

    Between the liberal or squishy judges you describe and we the people allowing something like an Obama into the White House, I didn’t realize previously just how vulnerable this country was to truly corrosive ideological trends and forces.

    Mark (fdb0fc)

  28. All the vapidity of Schwarzenegger without the entertainment value.
    Humbly submitted for your Friday (now Saturday) Amusement:
    CA Mulls Legislation Mandating…

    Mike S. (f5d617)

  29. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 6/28/2014 @ 3:19 am

    I thought he was paddling through a Blue Bayou.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  30. 29- Ah, The Onion has a subsidiary.
    OTOH, that just could be a bill thrown into the hopper in Sac-town, as it perfectly encapsulates the intellectual rigor that Progressives bring to governance these days.
    If the Feds can mandate the purchase of BarryCare, why can’t Sac-town mandate the purchase and wearing of Birkenstocks? After all, it’s for the Children.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  31. And here is his competition – gotta have one for the guys.http://www.caintv.com/as-michigans-governor-she-almo

    Judy Eaton (213f13)

  32. And remember…it’s not stupid if it’s for the children

    Mike S. (f5d617)

  33. @29– THAT’s what I’m talking about…. I’m going to bookmark that site. Thanks, Mike.

    Gramps, the original (29ecf6)

  34. But she went to berkeley, not like the Huntress at all, SMOD, have your way, it’s like Ghidra vs, Rhodan.

    narciso (3fec35)

  35. Two words: Six Californias.

    I am continually reminded why the state needs to be freed from San Francisco and Sacramento.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  36. Gramps – you’re welcome

    Mike S. (f5d617)

  37. Judy Eaton,

    That further speaks to my point.

    Jennifer Granholm is an already known quantity of crazy.

    Clooney is a unknown quantity of crazy. There are varying degrees.

    Regardless, he would at least be easy on the eyes as we sink further into oblivion, whereas Granholm, however, would not be able to distract us in any way, shape or form, from the impending disaster.

    Dana (fe2228)

  38. Gramps, the original @ 26,

    As they say, if you don’t laugh about it, you just end up crying. That’s where we’re at in California.

    And, as Judy Eaton pointed out in 32, it can always be worse.

    Dana (fe2228)

  39. Dana (fe2228) — 6/28/2014 @ 10:45 am

    Speak for yourself, Dana.
    I always found Granholm mildly distracting (ducks quickly).

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  40. Great ! Now I am going to be living in the ClooneyBin !

    (sigh)

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  41. So, no change, right?

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  42. unknown quantity

    there’s hundreds and hundreds of ways to complete a sentence what starts with “George Clooney fancies himself…”

    maybe thousands

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  43. RIP Fouad Ajami…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  44. Great ! Now I am going to be living in the ClooneyBin !

    (sigh)

    Alastor (2e7f9f) — 6/28/2014 @ 11:15 am

    No room at that inn, Alastor. George’s head occupies said bin.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  45. Two words: Six Californias.

    I am continually reminded why the state needs to be freed from San Francisco and Sacramento.

    Kevin M (b357ee) — 6/28/2014 @ 10:06 am

    …and L.A. and Santa Monica…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  46. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 6/28/2014 @ 3:19 am

    I thought he was paddling through a Blue Bayou.

    askeptic (8ecc78) — 6/28/2014 @ 8:46 am

    until, because of his typical-for-a-liberal Low-T, she declared You’re No Good

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. Well Said, Col.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  48. Is this the beginning of the dumb broad defense?

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  49. George has aged considerably. People would be shocked when they see him up close.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  50. And we did so well with Arnold Schwarzenegger. What could go wrong with George? [Answer--a heck of a lot.]

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  51. HD-TV does not do favors for aging stars.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  52. Well, it could be worse, the Dems could run a Charlize Theron, and the GOP could counter with less glam but more brains with Patricia Heaton.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  53. A Class Act, no matter what the politics….

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  54. I think Arnold really wanted to reform the state, and in fairness to him, he did put up those reform initiatives in the special election which took place in November 2005.
    Unfortunately, the schizo CA voters voted them all down.

    And considering that the state legislature was/is overwhelming Democrat, what else could he have done from that point on ?

    The people voted for what they wanted…to keep government pumped up.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  55. “…and he’s not “Obama”, he’s the POTUS”

    Clooney to Jesse Watters of ‘Watters World’

    Betcha he reminded all of his BDS friends of the same protocol during GW Bush’s presidency… NOT!!!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

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  57. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Clooney, and for what it’s worth he’s a nice guy.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  58. Aren’t we enough of a joke already?

    Funeral Guy (afbf7b)


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