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Fresh ideas from the party of family values

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California Republicans are thinking about reaching into their nostalgia file, which is good because they don’t have to eat this month:

Former Los Angeles Dodgers icon Steve Garvey is considering running for the open U.S. Senate seat in California as a Republican, a move that would immediately upend the 2024 race, according to several GOP state party insiders and operatives who requested anonymity to discuss the former All-Star’s plans.

The 74-year-old has never held elected office but has been meeting with GOP donors and leaders around the state as he weighs a bid and is expected to make a decision within the next month or so.

Republican strategist Andy Gharakhani, who is advising Garvey, confirmed that the Palm Desert resident is weighing a campaign.

Well, if he can get every woman he has ever fathered a child with while he was married to someone else to vote for him he has a shot HEY-YO. (I personally do not think this should be disqualifying, but when adultery matters and doesn’t matter to the political press remains an eternal mystery, as John Edwards will tell you.)

So what are his chances, actually?

“It’s very tough for any Republican to win statewide, and that’s probably more true in a U.S. Senate race,” Stutzman said. “However, he could possibly be a wild-card candidate that could really change the dynamic in a way we haven’t seen happen in well over a decade. It’s hard to predict victory, but it could certainly be a real boost for the party.”

It will be a totally proactive new paradigm of losing! Maybe they can run Zombie Tommy Lasorda next cycle.

I enjoyed the recent ESPN documentary about the Yankees-Dodgers series of the late 70s and early 80s. One of the consistent themes is that the Dodgers clubhouse, while respecting him as a player, thought he was every bit as much a sanctimonious phony as he always seemed to be from the outside.

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