In Hollywood, when you’re at the top, there’s no place to go but down. Especially after winning an Oscar. Which is why I think George Clooney should think seriously about running for political office (and not just because the buzz on The Good German opening this weekend is that it’s boring…) But, first, read my LA Weekly column (written in 2003 shortly after Ah-nuld threw his hat into the California gubernatorial recall race) asking why don’t H’wood Democrats run for public office. So let’s consider Clooney’s chances. He’d do well in liberal California. But now some Bluegrass political journalists want to draft Clooney to take on Republican Mitch McConnell for the 2008 Senate seat in Kentucky where the actor was born and bred. At the very least, they argue, it’ll force the NRCC to spend millions to keep that seat. And Clooney, is rich — always a good thing in politics where fundraising can make or break a campaign. I don’t especially like one suggested campaign slogan: “Sexiest Man Alive” (Twice) As Our Next U.S. Senator?” But Democrats do enjoy the idea of preventing McConnell, who’s soon to become Senate minority leader, from his 5th term in 2008 as payback for 2004 when the GOP knocked off then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle who was running for reelection in South Dakota. There couldn’t be carpetbagging charges here: not only is Clooney a native of the state – where he played pretty good baseball and did back-breaking work like cutting tobacco — but also he need only be a resident on the day he is elected. Yes, it’s unfortunate that George’s father, Nick Clooney, lost his 2004 run for a congressional seat in northern Kentucky despite his son’s campaigning and fundraising. “I saw what it did to him,” the actor told Esquire this month. “I watched him getting the crap beaten out of him, and I realized how incompatible my personality is with the job. There are so many concessions you have to make, even with your own side of the fight, and I don’t like to compromise. I think it’s better for me to do what I can from the outside.” But George has a high-profile political profile in his own right: his recent speech before the United Nations Security Council and visit to Darfur about the genocide occuring there, his recent politically-themed movies, and so on. So George should just go for it.
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