Jerry Springer actually ran for Congress for the first time in 1970. This was during a time period in which the first women in Congress were basically considered complete trailblazers, because as rare as they are today, they were non-existent before the 1970’s. One of the big issues that Jerry Springer was working on, apart from trying to unseat conservative Donald D. Clancy, was getting the legal voting age reduced.
It just goes to show you how much things have changed. It’s really hard to believe that before 1971, people who were eighteen couldn’t vote. You had to be at least 21. It’s weird to think that I couldn’t vote yet, and neither could most of my friends. A lot of the people who got Obama elected wouldn’t have been able to vote. The ratification of the 26th amendment in 1971 changed all that. It’s amazing to think that Jerry Springer himself was one of the people who was really enthusiastic about that amendment, and his input probably helped get it ratified. Even then, Jerry Springer was doing something for 1990’s kids.
Well, Jerry Springer did consider running for Congress again. He might have in both 2000 and 2004, and he didn’t do it. He didn’t do it for all of the reasons that you’re probably thinking: the negative public image of the Jerry Springer Show helped kill his political career. He figured he didn’t stand a chance against the candidates who would have been taken that much more seriously.
All I can say is that this is really unfair. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be the governor of California, I really don’t see why Jerry Springer can’t be a senator. At least Jerry was always himself in his roles. I’ve heard that Arnold’s ridiculous screen image actually helped his political career. It was like people thought that he was going to shoot political problems and tell them that he was going to be back. Jerry Springer actually had a political career to begin with, and people probably still would have voted for Arnold if it came down to a choice between the two of them.
Ronald Reagan was an actor in cheesy Western movies, and he got to be president. If nothing else, you have to admit that Jerry Springer would have been better. I mean, he dealt with unreasonable people all the time on the show. He probably would have had an easier time in the Cold War.