I’d rather Dolly run, myself: Bill Clinton thinks Tim McGraw would be a good governor of Tennessee. After thinking about it for 10 seconds, I’ve decided I’d vote for him. Or, to be more precise, I’d vote for her for first lady.
Special bonus county music-politician trivia related to this news item:
Tim McGraw is on the Curb Records label whose founder and chairman, Mike Curb, is a former Lt. Gov. (and acting governor) of California. He now lives in Nashville and is a generous benefactor of many educational and arts institutions and other community causes. Country Music Hall of Fame Member Jimmie Davis (“You Are My Sunshine”) was governor of Louisiana (McGraw’s home state) for two terms and, like McGraw, was a successful songwriter and dabbled in movies (he even played himself in a movie based on his life). Country Music Hall of Fame Member Roy Acuff ran unsuccessfully for governor of Tennessee as a Republican in 1948. Country Music Hall of Fame Member and singing-cowboy movie-star Tex Ritter ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Tennessee in 1970. Wilbert Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel was a Western Swing Band leader in the 1930s (Bob Wills got his start in one of “Pappy’s” bands) and was elected to two-terms as Texas governor and was the only person to beat Lyndon Johnson for elected office (the U.S. Senate in 1941). The movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? featured a character named “Pappy O’Daniel.”
Update: Thanks to Professor Bob Stepno for letting me know (see comments) that another musical politician, Robert Love (Fiddling Bob) Taylor, was a three-time governor of Tennessee in the 1880s and 90s and was also a U.S. Senator and Congressman. Bob also points to an article that contains the best obituary paragraphs I’ve ever read:
“All his years in Congress made him none the less a mountaineer. He loved fried chicken better than a hound loves possum scraps. He drank his whiskey straight and he raised his hat to every woman he met. He could play the fiddle as no one else in the mountains, could ride a horse bareback and follow the hounds until the horn blew for breakfast the next day.”
Update II: Sure, why not? Another suggestion (from Blair) for the list: Kinky Friedman is running for governor of Texas.