Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Orton For Congress

While we're on a football/celebrity candidates note here, I'm hoping that Kyle Orton and the Chicago Bears make the playoffs this year (and I'm a Dolphins guy). Orton's father was Iowa's labor commissioner, and he raised a good Democrat:

Orton said that his beliefs and work ethic came from his father, who he said showed through work like enforcing child labor laws and minimum wage requirements that everyone deserves a voice.

''The biggest influence he had on my beliefs is that there are people working hard every single day that don't necessarily make a lot of money doing it,'' Orton said. ''There should be more people working for them.'

Orton would like to enter politics after he finishes with football, and I'm happy to have sports stars on the Democratic bench, especially if they're the sort who go around to Chicago schools to tell the kids about environmentalism and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Unfortunately, his hometown of Altoona, Iowa is already in a good Democratic Congressional district, so he may not give us maximal advantage. Maybe he could run in Indiana where he went to college.

7 comments:

BP in MN said...

OK, I'll get behind Orton for Congress, but only if he agrees to get rid of that mustache.

Neil Sinhababu said...

Yeah, the mustache/neckbeard combo is heavily discussed in the media coverage.

MR Bill said...

Dang, I found the 'stasche/fuzz attractive.
Something else we could do (as progressives) is support (that is, buy, when possible, and you are so inclined, or if you can stand it.) Democratic/librul Country music stars. Tim McGraw and The Dixie Chicks come to mind..

Lester Freamon said...

Isn't Altoona in Leonard Boswell's district? I'd take a chance on this guy to get rid of Boswell. A bit of a wanker, that one.

Neil Sinhababu said...

That's right, Lester. Boswell is pretty old though, I'm guessing, and he'll probably be gone by the time Orton finishes his career.

Dan Munz said...

When I saw the title, I was really hoping that this post was about Beth Orton.

Neil Sinhababu said...

I'm not a huge fan, but I really liked "Heartland Truckstop"