Springer v. Goldberg

The Jerry Springer camp has announced he will be filing papers to run for the U.S. Senate representating the great state of Ohio.

Jonah Goldberg believes government is better off without the imput of people who head to the polls encouraged by Springer’s candidacy.

This quote of Goldberg’s is included in 30 second spots Springer is airing “in several U.S. cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, San Antonio and New York;”

Goldberg warned of new people brought to the polls by Springer, including “slack-jawed yokels, hicks, weirdos, pervs and whatnots.”

The infomercial offers that quote on a T-shirt and inserted into a signed photograph of Springer next to a sign for Hicksville, Ohio. Springer refers to the quote and talks about wanting to reach out to “regular folks…who weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth.”

Goldberg stands behind the quote here.

While every single person supporting Jerry Springer may not be a perv, weirdo or slack-jawed yokel, I am at a complete loss to understand how this country’s politics would be enriched by massive voter turnout by people who consider Jerry Springer to be their dashboard saint. Voter turnout is not a good in itself, no matter what populists and demogogues claim. Springer says he’ll be bringing new voters to the polls. Well, okay. But if these people couldn’t be bothered to vote until Springer encouraged them to, maybe we were better off without them in the first place. Leave Springer’s audience out of it for a moment; I don’t think it’s a given that a surge in voting by Klansmen, black racists, pimps, or strippers-who-sleep-with-their-brothers would improve America’s politics demonstrably. And I don’t think we really need a Senator who sees nothing wrong with giving such people a nationally televised forum.

I wonder if Goldberg includes the fans of race baiters like Limbaugh and Savage in this evaluation of who deserves to be encouraged to vote?

And as Steve Rhodes at Blogcritics.org posits, people who read his mother’s sleazy novels?

Goldberg isn’t alone in his assessment;

State Sen. Eric Fingerhut, a Democrat, has already announced his candidacy for the Senate seat. The Democratic winner will probably take on Republican Sen. George Voinovich.

“A half-hour infomercial doesn’t wipe out what he’s been doing for a decade,” Fingerhut said Thursday. “All it does tragically is identify Ohio with his level of entertainment.”

2 thoughts on “Springer v. Goldberg”

  1. Is it just me, or doesn’t it seem that some of those folks votes would tend to cancel each other out? Why won’t Goldberg back up his claim that “voter turnout is not a good in itself”? As far as I’m concerned, if Jerry Springer running for office or Dick Cheney tapdancing nude gets more people involved in the governing of their own country, in the words of George W. Bush, “bring it on!”