Linda McMahon, does that name ring a bell? Maybe you’d know her from the WWE–if you’d ever admit to watching it. She’s the genius behind Hulk Hogan, and the current dark horse challenger to Mr. Blumenthal in what could turn out to be an interesting showdown in the Connecticut senate race.
Now, she has to win the nomination before she can face him, but with 50 million to spend on the campaign, there’s about as much left to chance in the primaries as there is in the WWE. The way this story is shaping up, I’m not sure if I need to tune in to CNN or Pay-per-View to keep up on the antics.
In the blue corner we have the draft dodging Blumenthal, in the red, we have the tough as nails McMahon who’s just about as likely to filibuster as kick you in the gonads. She is the same spokesperson who claimed that wrestling was “one of America’s greatest exports.” After everything we’ve heard in recent years about exporting democracy, it’s almost a relief to hear someone cut through the finer points of misdirection and tell it like it is. That a fan-base can forget that they’re participating in a satire of a satire.That in America rarefied irony is not only entertainment, it’s a commodity.
What does it say about the state of American politics that a career in the WWE has become a stepping stone to the United States Senate? Is it that we’re comfortable with the poor production? The cheesy outfits? The paper-thin story lines? Is it that we’re too squeamish to see actual conflict in politics?
Whatever the case, it’s getting harder to know if I should head to the voter’s booth to cast my vote, or to the bookie to place a bet.