I thought I’d write about Obama’s Star Trek connection. It is a little known fact, and one of the reasons he is president today. I am from Illinois, so I’ve watched the rise of Obama from the beginning. During Obama’s 2004 run for the Illinois Senate, he was up against a new Republican candidate Jack Ryan. Jack Ryan was an attractive, fairly moderate guy who would have given Obama a real run for the Senate seat.
However, there was a “scandal” that really wasn’t a scandal and Jack Ryan withdrew from the general election. What alleged scandal? Jack Ryan used to be married to the actress Jeri Ryan, best know for her role as Seven of Nine in the TV series ‘Star Trek Voyager’. Jeri Ryan played the role of a former Borg returned to humanity…while dressed in a spandex jumpsuit! Jack and Jeri divorced in 1999, and their divorce records were sealed. Yet these divorce records were opened during the campaign, and in them were allegations that Jack wanted Jeri to go to sex clubs and have sex in public.
Well…we’d expect the Democrats to jump all over this alleged scandal. Nope, they didn’t. The Democrats were “ho-hum…nobody else’s business”. It was Ryan’s own fellow Republicans who jumped on it. The family values crowd went ballistic! It looked like Ryan was forced out by the right-wing of his own party, who were not happy with a married man wanting to (allegedly) do the kinky with his wife.
The right wing of the Illinois Republican party then picked the PERFECT candidate to replace Jack Ryan. Who else but Alan Keyes? Keyes was an African American religious-right conservative activist best know for his social issue advocacy, and who had no connection with Illinois. It was as if the Illinois Republicans had lost their minds. Obama won, 70% to 27%. Since then the Republican Party in Illinois has totally collapsed. We used to have a healthy two party system in this state, but since the Right took over the Republican Party they have shrunk into irrelevance.
The self-destructiveness of the right-wing of the Republican Party is interesting. Just now Senator Alan Specter left the Republican Party to become a Democrat handing Obama a filibuster proof Senate. What happened to the Illinois Republicans seems to be replaying itself on the national scene. The Republicans are on the way to becoming marginalized and irrelevant. What political party prospers by purifying (purging) their membership of moderates? The Democrats did the opposite and ran moderate or conservative Democrats in Republican districts with great success.
On another note…has anybody noticed that President Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner looks suspiciously like a Vulcan? Every time I see him on television, I think he does. Those arched eyebrows, those odd looking ears, the unblinking stare and the furrowed brow. Even his name Geithner has a Vulcan sound to it. Could the Vulcans have infiltrated the highest branches of our government? Should we be concerned? Check out these photos…what do you think? Vulcan or not?