Sunday, September 28, 2003

Dems consider countering with Chevy Chase

Republican Party seeks to draft Dennis Miller into politics

I’m not sure who looks worse—the Repugs or California. That’s okay, though. We Dems have options, too. Chris Rock would be formidable—he’s already played a president in a movie. So have Kevin Kline, Jeff Bridges and Bill Pullman. They're Dems, right?

Arnold Schwarzenegger may be the latest celebrity to transform himself into a candidate for high California office. But if some Republican political operatives have their way, he will not be the last.

The comedian Dennis Miller is being talked about, apparently seriously, as a Republican candidate for a statewide post. Three Republican strategists interviewed in the past week have said they want to draft Miller into politics. One, a prominent Republican operative and Schwarzenegger aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that once the recall election is over, he plans to recruit Miller to challenge Barbara Boxer for her U.S. Senate seat next year.

The Schwarzenegger campaign even provided Miller a political audition of sorts this week. The comedian, famous for his raunchy and irreverent rants and his stint on "Saturday Night Live" more than a decade ago, provided the campaign's official post-debate spin in Sacramento Wednesday night. Later the same evening, Miller spoke at a Schwarzenegger rally. ...

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