Former pro wrestler, actor, governor of Minnesota, and current television host Jesse Ventura held nothing back in an interview with Fancast when asked about Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Ventura said he would never support the Tea Party because of Palin, and added, “She saw greener pastures, said, Screw the people of Alaska, and went on to collect.”
When the Fancast interview turned away from plugging his TV show Conspiracy Theory, and turned to politics, things got interesting. When asked about the Tea Party, Ventura said, “I’ll put it to you this way about the Tea Party: Anybody that would put Sarah Palin to the top of their list will never get me. She’s a quitter.” When asked if he was not a fan of Palin, because she quit, he answered, “You’re damn right. She quit in the middle of her term. That’s the contract you have with the voters.” (Ventura has blasted Palin many times in the past for being a quitter).
Oh, but Jesse The Body, was just getting warmed up. When asked if he thought she was qualified to be president, he said, “Well, I felt she was completely unqualified. I had more qualifications than she did. I had served as a mayor of a town [Brooklyn Park, Minn.] of 60,000 – hers [Wasilla, Alaska] was 10,000. I had served as governor for two years when everybody wanted me to run for president in 2000, and I said I’m not prepared to be the president. I haven’t even completed office as a governor yet. Now, she never completed her office as governor. She didn’t even get two years in hardly! And she quit to get money. Jesus, how do people not see that! She saw greener pastures, said, Screw the people of Alaska, and went on to collect.”
When asked if he would do an episode of show on her, he bluntly stated, “I wouldn’t waste my time.” Ouch. Ventura is everything is that Palin pretends to be. He is a true independent. He was elected to office as a legitimate third party candidate, and he is an outsider. Ventura even has real fame that isn’t limited to Fox News, Facebook, and Twitter, and he didn’t hesitate to offer quite the comprehensive destruction of the myth of Sarah Palin.
Ventura hit on all the reasons why Palin will never be elected president. Compared to someone like Jesse Ventura, who himself does not have a vast political resume, she is woefully unqualified, but the elephant in the room, as always with Palin is her quitting. Ventura is one of the few public figures with the stones to come out and say what most people inside and outside politics are thinking. She basically told the people of Alaska to screw off, packed up her traveling circus, and went to get paid.
This makes her undependable, untrustworthy, and unelectable.
Contrary to what he said in the interview, Ventura himself has made statements that indicate that he is a bit of a conspiracy buff and he has questions about 9/11 a.k.a truther stuff, and the man does host a show about conspiracy theories, but his comments about Palin were dead on accurate. It must annoy somebody like Ventura, who did work his way up from mayor to governor that Palin is pretending to be something that she isn’t.
She is not qualified. In fact, quitting on Alaska less than halfway through one term should disqualify her from serious consideration. More people need to be like Ventura, and not be afraid to take on the media creation that is Sarah Palin. Sarah actually has very little power. What’s she going to do to Ventura? Send out a few nasty tweets? Have her ghost writer post something to her Facebook page? It is a pretty safe bet that we won’t get through the weekend without Palin replying, because when your fame is built on feuding with celebrities, as Palin’s is, she can’t let an opportunity to stir something up with Ventura pass by, but this one celebrity feud that she should not be wanting to have. Ventura will eat her alive.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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