It's time for election season to once again start gaining a full head of steam, and in true political form, we are starting to see some more Linda McMahon bashing in the media.
According to an article by CT News Junkie (also reported on Wrestlezone), the group cleverly named Moms Opposing McMahon, aka M.O.M. (OK, seriously, that name is just way too self-aware and "clever" for its own good), has once again taken offense at Linda McMahon running for Senate this fall.
Some of the group's claims are exactly what you'd expect:
"We oppose McMahon’s candidacy and attempts to reinvent herself as a proven jobs creator when in reality she has profited by marketing violence against women and mistreatment of her employees,” Leslie Simoes, the group’s leader, said focusing on the wrestling empire McMahon built as CEO of WWE.
"McMahon left the WWE in 2009 before announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. McMahon’s campaign said Wednesday that the group is reprising the same role it played in 2010 “as a partisan attack machine."
Now, I'm not going to get into the political aspect of things, because 1) I don't want to involve politics in a discussion on sports, and 2) I don't care even the least bit about politics (which I've been told before is apparently ironic because I grew up within spitting distance of Washington D.C.).
However, what does McMahon trying to reinvent herself as a jobs creator have to do with marketing violence against women...or really against anyone? M.O.M. is not using any kind of sound logic here; one thing does not relate to the other. Really, it's a tenuous connection at best (unless they are trying to argue that Linda is trying to create jobs where violence is the main aspect of said jobs).
Really, what it's coming down to is three things:
1) All politicians attack their rivals when it comes time for elections;
2) Linda McMahon's business connections have made it "easier" for people to attack, given the popular view of wrestling;
3) Linda should've known this was coming a long time ago if she ever knew she wanted to get into politics.
That last point, to me, is important. If she knew she wanted to run for Senate, she needed to have distanced herself from WWE a long time ago, or she needed to have a stronger counter to those people who she knew were going to criticize WWE's content.
Just because the people criticizing her are using flawed logic doesn't mean people won't listen, so she needs to have some kind of strategy in mind for countering them in an intelligent way.
Also, why did Linda not want to start off smaller by, say, running for a spot in the House? Scrutiny would certainly be less intense, and if she were to start off by serving in a smaller role, she could prove herself as a politician as opposed to always being connected to the wrestling industry; that way, when she stepped up and ran for Senate, instead of having to fight the stigma of WWE, she could point to her track record in the House.
You know...kind of like having a great reign with the Intercontinental title before moving to the main event, instead of what she is doing now, which is coming from developmental and immediately challenging for the WWE title (kind of like Sheamus in 2009).