Is the Senate About to Become More Diverse?

Liberals hate diversity and can’t stand change. So they are toiling 24/7 to assure us that the Trump administration–the aberrational election of a president who is not a professional politician–is a rapidly-unraveling disaster. I doubt that, but time will tell.

In the meantime, more unorthodox candidates–better yet, more unorthodox non-liberal candidates–are coming forward, perhaps inspired by the election of a non-politician as president. Yesterday, Caitlyn Jenner said that she is considering running against Dianne Feinstein (or another Democrat if Feinstein steps down) in 2018.

Caitlyn Jenner

Party leaders aren’t dismissing the idea. “I think she’d make a strong Senate candidate,” Jim Brulte, the chairman of the California Republican Party, said in an interview. “She’s a well-known individual with fairly strong conservative policy positions.”

Since she came out as transgender in 2015, Jenner — who previously made waves as decathlete and reality show star Bruce — has advocated for a more LGBT-friendly Republican Party while also supporting small government and fiscally conservative policies.

So she would be a huge improvement on Feinstein or any possible Democratic successor.

Kid Rock

In Michigan, Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie) has announced that he wants to run for the Senate against the appalling Debbie Stabenow next year. I like Kid Rock. He is a smart guy, and has been loyal to his home state of Michigan. He campaigned hard for Mitt Romney in 2012. I give him a lot of credit for that; certainly there was nothing to be gained in the world of show business by supporting Romney. And he has been proved right by experience. Earlier today, Ritchie tweeted this:

That’s a platform I can get behind.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Then there is Dwayne Johnson, the former football player and pro wrestler known as The Rock, now one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Johnson has made noises about running for office, maybe president, but has been coy about his views. I believe he is a registered Republican in Florida, but he has been decidedly non-partisan when talking about his ambitions. Still, how liberal can a professional wrestler possibly be?

No, wait–that is what a lot of Minnesotans asked about Jesse Ventura.

So, here is my assessment:

I would love to see Kid Rock run. I think he could win, and he would be a good senator.

I would be happy to see Caitlyn Jenner run. In California, what do we have to lose?

I am OK with Dwayne Johnson running, and would be enthusiastic if he comes out of the closet as a conservative. Assuming that he is in the closet, and is actually a conservative.

One way or another, Senate campaigns and our politics in general seem poised to become more diverse, another happy outcome of Donald Trump’s venture into politics.