Craig James finally left ESPN officially on Monday to launch his campaign to win the Republican nomination for a United States Senate seat out of Texas. Although it'll be fun to watch James prance around in a cowboy hat and talk to voters about his values, he has absolutely zero chance of winning. He's a toxic name in West Texas. He has zero political experience. His top Google searches involve five dead hookers (thanks EDSBS). He's entering the race late and behind on everything. And to top it all off, he's somewhere between Snooki and Jim Traficant on the electability scale.
This means that it'll be all the more fun to watch his campaign go down in flames. But it also got me thinking... what announcers or television sports personalities would actually be electable? Who in sports media would you cast a vote for? While I'm not advocating the people below would actually make great politicians (although we can't do much worse than what we got now), they would certainly have the ability to get over with voters. You have to be smart, likable, stay on message, and connect with commoners like you and me to make this prestigious list...
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN College Football Analyst
Herbie would be the total package as a political candidate. Well spoken, good looks, and incredibly popular for a number of years in an increasingly polarizing world of college football. He's become one of the top analysts in the country and rarely will you find anyone to say a bad word about Herbie. Plus, he proved earlier this year his ability to handle crisis situations with poise.
James Brown, NFL Today Host
Watch a full hour of The NFL Today and you'll see that the buffoonery James Brown deals with on a weekly basis is the perfect preparation for dealing with all the clowns in Washington. Not only is JB an affable personality, but he may be one of the most educated members of the sports media as a Harvard grad. Just look at that thinking man's pose, too!