There will be no raising Kane in Washington.
The WWE’s Big Red Machine (real name: Glenn Jacobs) tells The Tennessean that he will not oppose incumbent Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary for next year’s U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Jacobs was responding to a post on the Libertarian website Reason.com that he was considering a run against the former Tennessee governor and Republican presidential candidate.
Fresh off the loss of his World Tag Team title with Daniel Bryan at Sunday’s Extreme Rules, Jacobs tells The Tennessean Monday that “things get a little carried away on the Internet sometimes,” but that he was not thinking about a Senate run “at this time.”
Reason.com claims that Jacobs aligns himself with Libertarian causes and would have added a Libertarian voice in the primary against Alexander.
Of course, adding the phrase “at this time” could be read as meaning that Jacobs has not completely ruled out a future attempt at political office. Reason.com reports that Jacobs has been outspoken against the Internet sales tax.
Should Kane find himself eventually heading down the political road, he could find several mines along the way.
Everyone knows about Linda McMahon’s two failed Senate bids in Connecticut. And of course, there was Jesse “The Body” Ventura’s term as governor of Minnesota. But did you know that WWF legend Nikolai Volkoff made an unsuccessful bid for the Maryland state house in 2006?
While both professional wrestling and politics are circuses in their own right, rarely do you see Ringling Bros. performers jumping ship to Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers and vice versa.
So Jacobs is wise to put any political aspirations on hold until after he hangs up his wrestling gear. And if he is even wiser, he will wait a long time after his WWE career is over to make the jump into the political fray.
In a way, though, a potential Kane run for the Senate could have made for some great theater in an arena that thrives on theater.
According to The Tennessean, Alexander claims his re-election campaign will be run like a “Colin Powell military operation, which is assemble an overwhelming force, focus on a single target and have the stomach to see it all the way through to the end.” Kane just got through with an “overwhelming force” in The Shield, which took those tag team belts off of Kane and Bryan Sunday night. So he would be used to facing something like that.
Also, imagine if Jacobs/Kane actually won the contest and really went to Washington. Couldn’t you just see the pyrotechnics used in Kane’s ring entrances to follow him every time he walked into the Senate chamber? And anyone who dared stand in the way of a Kane-backed initiative would risk getting a chokeslam right there in the chamber.
One more thing: Politics makes strange bedfellows, so there would be the possibility that Kane could hire Zeb Colter as his chief of staff.
Nah. Even Glenn Jacobs/Kane knows there is such a thing as going too far.
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