This is what happens when baby boomers vote for baby boomers. Sonny Bono. Gopher from "The Love Boat." Jesse Ventura. Arnold. I'm sure we'll be seeing more of this in the next decade or so. It's going to get uglier before it gets prettier.
CHICAGO -- Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka will not run for the U.S. Senate, he announced at a news conference Wednesday evening in front of his restaurant.
Republican sources say that the Republican Party will now focus on two potential candidates: Jim Oberwies, who finished second in the primary for this nomination, and John Cox, who ran a couple of years ago. Both have the distinction of being multimillionaires.
But another name surfacing is that of rocker, outspoken conservative and gun rights activist Ted Nugent.
"He grew up in Arlington Heights. He went to St. Viator High School," said Cook County Republican Chair Gary Skoien. "He has more connection to Illinois than Hillary Clinton had to New York, and he's been a very articulate spokesperson on constitutional issues. He would be a very interesting candidate."
Nugent couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday night.
The original candidate, Jack Ryan, left the race after allegations surfaced that he forced his former wife to go to sex clubs.
I'm sure they'll have no problem getting the Religious Right on board with this one. Nothing quite spells stink of desperation like a candidate guaranteed to make one of your core constituencies stay home.