Friday , Jul , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Charles Barkley: Alabama Governor?

I’ve been trying to ignore this story since it first broke yesterday but, like a hangnail that starts bleeding, it’s turned from a minor annoyance to an issue that needs to be addressed. If you’re fortunate enough not to have heard, the word is that Charles Barkley may run for the governorship of Alabama in 2010.
 
“I really believe I was put on Earth to do more than play basketball and stockpile money," said Barkley, known as the Round Mound of Rebound. "I really want to help people improve their lives, and what’s left is for me to decide how best to do that.”
 
I have to preface my comments by saying what I always say about Charles Barkley: I love the dude. Unfortunately, I don’t think he has anything approaching the credibility necessary to mount a serious campaign. 
 
That’s not to say that most politicians do, however. In fact, as a rule of thumb, the more crooked, the more likely they are to gain a decent slice of the popular vote. The difference is that they’re not in the position of having had their moments of greatest shame documented in the media. 
 

Though many politicians may be top-grade morons with sketchy pasts, at least they haven’t spat on a little girl (accidentally, for the record), thrown a man through a window or had their butt spanked by Michael Jordan in a nightclub. Although Charles won’t be using the aforementioned incidents as a platform for his campaign, it’s hard to imagine that they and other occasions won’t be mentioned at some point by his opposition.

CYE

Charles Barkley: Alabama Governor?