Monday, February 28, 2005

The unexpected glare of novelty

Funny piece in the Daily News about the potential gubenatorial candidacy of onetime Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann -- it's too early to talk about his policy positions, so it's mostly about the novelty of a candidate's appearing fully formed from the head of Zeus, so to speak, relative to the pedigree- and legacy-laden norm of PA politics.
And I don't know if celebrity - though it worked for Jesse "The Body" in Minnesota and The Ahnold and, of course, Reagan in California - is enough to win in Pennsylvania. But I do know it's different. And different in politics in this state ought to be considered.
An amusing tone (disparaging celebrity fuss as well as political gravitas) throughout.


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