Win a game show, become the world’s most powerful person?
It’s reassuring to see Ken Jennings back in the full glare of the media spotlight. Jennings is one of Jeopardy!‘s greatest-ever players (his 74-game winning streak is a record) and he sportingly took on — and was soundly beaten by — IBM’s supercomputer Watson. “I for one welcome our new computer overlords,” he wrote as part of his Final Jeopardy answer. But now news of an entirely different kind has emerged.
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Jennings answered readers’ questions on Reddit (under the handle of WatsonsBitch), in which he claimed he was once approached to consider a career in politics. “Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Harry Reid (D-NV) both called me back personally in 2004 to try to get me to run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat.” Jennings declined Schumer and Reid’s intriguing offer — hey, trivia books don’t write themselves, you know — and summed up the surreal conversation thusly. “I am not making this up. Win on a game show and you can apparently run for the US Senate. That was when I realized the Democratic Party was f@#$ed in ’04.”
NewsFeed, naturally, has some advice for Jennings, just in case he’s interested in the upcoming 2012 election. He could put his Democratic allegiance to the side and see if a conversation about Mormonism with Mitt Romney (the politician the bookmakers think is the favorite to win the Republican nomination) might result in a dream ticket that carries them all the way to the White House. (via Huffington Post)
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