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Governor Val Kilmer

February 9, 2009
Bill Richardson thinks Val Kilmer would be a good governor. Im not sure which one of them this is.

Bill Richardson thinks Val Kilmer would be a good governor. I'm not sure which one of them this is.

Val Kilmer says he wants to run for governor of New Mexico. Bill Richardson has served two terms, so he can’t run again, so he turned to his logical successor, the second-worst Batman.

I guess I can see it. Val hasn’t done a decent movie in a few years (The Salton Sea and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang were the last time I saw him in anything I liked, and to be honest, he phoned it in for Kiss Kiss).

As you may know, I was given a massive stack of straight-to-DVD movies a few months back, and a lot of them have Val Kilmer in them. One of them is defective; all you get is the menu repeating over and over again. It’s probably better than the actual movie.

Anyway, he could probably use a new challenge, because being KITT in the new Knight Rider show just doesn’t fill the days.

Val, whose best roles, as far as I’m concerned, were Top Secret and Real Genius, says he wants to follow in Arnold’s footsteps and fight the Predator … no, sorry, he wants to be a state governor. “I’m looking for ways to be contributive,” he told the AP yesterday, apparently thinking that “contributive” is a real word. “And if that ends up being where I can make a substantial contribution, then I’ll run.”

I’m all for actors and other celebrities running for public office. The politicians have messed things up enough; how much worse can it get? Gopher was a congressman or something, and Ronald Reagan did okay, or didn’t, depending on who you ask. Right now, there’s a movement afoot in the US to get porn star Stormy into the senate, too.

In Canada, though, we don’t have as many celebrities, although I would love to see Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh from BSG) as our prime minister. That would rock. Also, maybe Pat John (The Beachcombers‘ Jesse Jim) could be premier of B.C.

Or maybe Evangeline Lilly could become ambassador to the US once Lost wraps up. Maybe the White House would finally start listening to us. “We’ll do anything you ask. Anything.”

Politics as usual? I think not.

Politics as usual? I think not.

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