Rosemary Esmay links word that Kelsey Grammar is considering running for “senator of whatever state I was living in” after the end of his long-running Frasier program this year and that Dennis Miller is being recruited to challenge Barbara Boxer for the Senate.

Well, if Sonny Bono, Fred “Gopher” Grandy, and Ben “Cooter” Jones can serve in the House, surely these guys are qualified for the Senate. Indeed, Grandy and Jones did a pretty creditable job by most accounts.

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  1. Dean Esmay says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention Fred Thompson. And you call yourself a political blogger. 😉

  2. James Joyner says:

    Good point! Of course, I didn’t know Thompson by name until he was in the Senate, even though I vaguely recognized his face from all those “characer” parts. But Gopher and Cooter were TV legends!

  3. jen says:

    Not to nitpick too much, but isn’t it Grandy?

    And you can’t forget the kind of all actor-politicians, Reagan.

  4. jen says:

    *sigh* Preview, Jen, preview…

    kind = king

    Or should I have said President of all actor-politicians?

  5. James Joyner says:

    Yep, it’s “Grandy.” Thanks, Jen.

    And true on Reagan. The acting fame carried him to the governorship of California in the 1960s. I don’t think it was much of a factor by the time he successfully ran for president in 1980.

  6. Bryan says:

    Don’t you think grammer’s cocaine abuse will prevent his aspirations?

  7. James Joyner says:


    Remember, Grammar is not your Grandma.

    I suspect it depends on which state he settles in.

  8. jen says:

    At this point I don’t think former drug abuse will be much of a factor – there are too many people (read: voters) out there who’ve used themselves. The fact that he’s been clean for so many years is in his favor, I think.

  9. Teri says:

    Gentlemen, his last name is Grammer with an “er” and a capital “G”.

    Sorry to nitpick . . .