By HDN staff
Who would have thought that a professional wrestler elected the governor of Minnesota would make brash statements or make a ring-side spectacle of himself.
Who would have thought?
Come on, the guys name is Jesse The Body Ventura. What did Minnesota expect?
It isnt like Ventura put on the mask of the perfect politician during his gubernatorial campaign, then slipped into his glitzy wrestling duds once the polls closed.
As Popeye would say, I yam what I yam. With Ventura, what you see is what you get.
Ventura has taken some pretty politically incorrect stances. He supports the decriminalization of prostitution and marijuana. He told Playboy he wants to be reincarnated as a 38DD bra. And he probably committed political suicide by condemning organized religion as a sham and a crutch for people who need strength in numbers.
But what does he care? The Body has said on numerous occasions that he is one-term governor just out to change the tone of the political process.
And change the tone he has.
Whether you agree with Ventura or think he is a rude, crude menace to society, he is truly a breath of fresh air in the political arena a politician who speaks his mind and gives his honest personal take on things.
Just imagine if every politician said exactly what they thought when asked a question instead of providing the preprogrammed responses prepared by spin doctors and speech writers? Just imagine if you could actually base your opinion, your vote, on a candidates true stand on the issues, not just the PC stand of the moment? Just imagine.
The real question about whether or not Ventura is appropriate as governor has nothing to do with feather boas and wrestling tights. It is whether or not he is fulfilling the duties of the governors office. What is the condition of the state of Minnesota? That question has somehow gotten lost in all the rhetoric. But it cant be all bad since Venturas approval rating was up to over 70 (OK, it dropped significantly after the Playboy interview.)
Instead of being so concerned about the outlandish things that Ventura says and does, maybe we should be more concerned about what it is the rest of the politicians arent saying.