Wrestling and politics

May 29, 2010|By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS

I can remember as a young boy watching wrestling on the old television set with my grandmother Gen. She was a tiny Irish lady who would get really animated when the wrestling matches came on.

As the wrestlers took to the ring and begin to knock each other silly and flip each other over the back and onto the mat, my grandmother would swing her arms and yell at the wrestlers.

Performers like "Haystacks Calhoun" and "Slave Girl Moolah" were a few of our favorites.

I think my grandmother and a few neighbors even traveled to Hagerstown to watch some of those live wrestling matches on display in the nearby city.

I knew for certain that the wrestling matches were fake, but my grandmother thought they were real.

As I prepare myself for analyzing the upcoming political primaries to see who will solve the country's serious problems of the future, I'm really getting excited.


In the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, there are some very interesting choices.

On the Republican side, there is Linda McMahon. She is the CEO of the World Wrestling Entertainment business. No doubt my grandmother would have liked her.

I have seen Linda in the ring a few times, and I have to tell you seeing her in Congress as a Republican senator might bring new meaning to the word wrestling.

Maybe Hulk Hogan could be her bodyguard and Mr. T. could hang out around the office saying something like, "I pity the fool who don't support Ms. Linda's bills."

On the opposite side of the ring, her Democratic opponent is the long-term attorney general of the state. His name is Richard Blumenthal.

Now you would think that being a seasoned attorney general of the state, he would recognize the importance of obtaining and telling the truth.

No, really, if you can't trust the attorney general to tell the truth, who can you trust?

Blumenthal has had some difficulty with his memory of late. He thought for sure he served in Vietnam and forgot all about those five deferments he reportedly obtained to avoid going there.

I'm wondering to myself, if he can't remember whether or not he went to Vietnam, what kind of job he might do if his memory was required in Congress.

Truthfully, I am not reassured by either of these aspiring candidates.

I probably shouldn't be so critical because I remember a day when no one wanted to visit Dargan, and now everyone I encounter tells me they live in Dargan.

Perhaps Blumenthal wanted to go to Vietnam, but just couldn't bring himself to do it.

No harm, no foul, there were a lot of people who didn't go to Vietnam, but ...

Not remembering whether you were there or not best illustrates a bad case of dementia, or worse, a lesson that no attorney general should ever forget - specifically, the lesson of being truthful.

Electing the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment would have delighted my grandmother and she might have said, "I told you wrestling was real, Pete. There is nothing fake about it."

If McMahon's millions in wrestling have been earned based on falsehoods, I'm wondering what kind of senator she might make. Did those wrestlers really use steroids?

They tell me that Connecticut is one of the wealthiest and most educated states in the country. I can't really tell.

Perhaps they should use some of their money and go buy a candidate with a little virtue. We all might benefit from a candidate of that stature.

I don't know what really is in the water up there, but choosing between a wrestling executive and an attorney general who has difficulty expressing the truth leaves me in a cold sweat about either one solving the country's problems.

As the winner's hand is raised in this senate race, I think the rest of us will be the losers.

Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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