Instead of trying to go against his image by launching his possible Senate run with an op-ed on an issue like health care in the New York Times, Jerry Springer is running a 30 minute infomercial in six cities (though none in Ohio). He says he’ll decide whether to run for the democratic nomination to challenge Republican Ohio Senator George Voinovich.
Springer’s website (runjerryrun.com) has no section on where he stands on the issues though it does promise his infomercial will be online soon. It does run on moveable type and there is a campaign blog run by Jene Galvin, a friend of Springer’s who writes a column for Cincinnati CityBeat (he wrote about a possible Springer political comeback in 2001).
There is one comforting bit of information in an interview with weblogger Joe Territo linked from the site: Springer can’t run for president because he was born in England.
Springer says he’ll decide if he’ll run partly in response to a petition signed on his website and partly on how much money he raises with his infomercial (he’ll put his own money into the campaign, but says he’ll need a lot of money to rehabilitate his image – er counter the attacks he expects).
From an AP story:
The ad seeks small donations and offers T-shirts, bumper stickers and CDs of Springer singing “rockabilly” music…
The infomercial focuses on a comment by right-wing National Review magazine commentator [and weblogger] Jonah Goldberg on a Sunday-morning talk show several months ago.
Goldberg warned of new people brought to the polls by Springer, including “slack-jawed yokels, hicks, weirdos, pervs and whatnots.”
The infomercial offers that quote on a T-shirt and inserted into a signed photograph of Springer next to a sign for Hicksville, Ohio. Springer refers to the quote and talks about wanting to reach out to “regular folks…who weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth.”
Goldberg writes in the National Review’s blog that he stands by his comments. Permalinks doesn’t seem to work, so I’ll post it here:
JERRY SPRINGER V. ME [Jonah Goldberg]
I’ve been getting calls and emails from reporters in Ohio. Apparently Jerry Springer uses a quote from me in his new informercial which he released at a news conference today. The quote, which I offered on CNN, is: “If Jerry Springer shows up, he’ll bring all these new people to the polls. They will be slack-jawed yokels, hicks, weirdos, pervs and whatnot.” Now, what is super-exciting is that he’s apparently made T-Shirts with that quote on them as part of his campaign! I must get one.
Anyway, for the record, I completely stand by my comments.
While every single person supporting Jerry Springer may not be a perv, weirdo or slack-jawed yokel, I am at a complete loss to understand how this country’s politics would be enriched by massive voter turnout by people who consider Jerry Springer to be their dashboard saint. Voter turnout is not a good in itself, no matter what populists and demogogues claim. Springer says he’ll be bringing new voters to the polls. Well, okay. But if these people couldn’t be bothered to vote until Springer encouraged them to, maybe we were better off without them in the first place. Leave Springer’s audience out of it for a moment; I don’t think it’s a given that a surge in voting by Klansmen, black racists, pimps, or strippers-who-sleep-with-their-brothers would improve America’s politics demonstrably. And I don’t think we really need a Senator who sees nothing wrong with giving such people a nationally televised forum.
More to the point, I find it hilarious that Springer — who has made a fortune off of his exploitation of damaged and deviant people — thinks I’m the elitist (though I have no problem with being one). But I’m working from the assumption that most Ohio residents are smart enough to see through his schtick. While he actually thinks they’re dumb enough to fall for it. So once again he’s looking to exploit the little guy for his own career.
Though Jonah’s mom has written some pretty sleazy novels.Powered by Sidelines