“I think a lot of people are afraid of freedom. They want their lives to be controlled, to be put into a box… People like that cradle-to-grave concept because it says you don’t have to think too much, you don’t have to worry too much, because someone else is looking out for you. But that also means you can’t do as much as you want. Why should someone else put a limit on how much fun I can have; how much I can accomplish?”
– Drew Carey (comedian-turned-game-show-host… -turned-politician?)
There’s something stirring in the world of Ohio state politics. No clear-cut Republican candidates have surfaced yet for the 2012 election, so a group of libertarian conservatives have begun “Operation Draft Drew 2012” to convince Drew Carey to run in the Ohio Republican Senate primary (and ultimately defeat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown).
Conservative activist Josiah Schmidt has set up a website and a Facebook page to draw Carey into the race. “Carey’s outspoken libertarian-conservative policy advocacy, most notably through the Reason Foundation, has proven his credentials as someone who could be trusted to spare no sacred cows in his fight to reduce the size and role of government,” Schmidt has said.
Carey is known, especially to his as a conservative libertarian (and a past supporter of Ron Paul). Last year he worked (with a group called “Reason”) on a documentary series looking at the problems facing the city of Cleveland. If you’ve been there during this recession, you know that it doesn’t always “rock” – there are plenty of problems to fix in that city.
Is it working? Well, I know a couple of things: Carey is on the last year of his five-year deal with CBS to host The Price Is Right; and the rumor has people intrigued. Carey himself hasn’t commented about any political plans. But drafting Drew to run for office sounds like a good plan to me.