The Grand National Championships

February 27, 2008

Here’s the one thing you need to know about Politics.

If you have achieved a certain level of fame? You will be approached to run for office. It does not matter when, it does not matter where, if you did something major. You will be approached to run for something.

The leadership in both parties? They are starfuckers like the rest of us.

This is where the election in the Missouri 9th Congressional District comes in. Republican Matt Blunt is retiring as Missouri’s governor. And the representative from the 9th, Republican Kenny Hulshof, is the man that’s handpicked to take his place.

But who takes Kenny Hulshof’s place?

That’s Brock Olivo. He was a legend in the mid-1990’s for the University of Missouri. A good player on a bad team. Also, a white running back.

This man has been tabbed as the Republican front-runner to pick up the open seat. This is not where the problem lies. Athletes have served ably in political office for several decades, and most of them have been Conservatives.

Here’s where it starts to go bad.

  • “Not only was I football player, but I also was in social studies class, and I have a passion for how this country works,” Olivo said.

Now, an excellent Civics teacher can imbue someone with the lifelong passion for politics, and the fact of the matter is you can’t really say if he’s volunteered or done some work for a campaign. After all, the rumor is that Roy Blunt courted this man personally to run for the 9th. And a Blunt is to Missouri what a Daley is to Chicago, so there has to be something to this man’s candidacy, right?

  •  “I’m a Republican for now, that’s all I can say,” Olivo said. “I believe in hard work. I believe in values, and my platform will surface in due time, and I’ll be glad to sit down with you and talk to you about that.”

The Republican platform is easy. Islamofacists? Bad. The Gays? Worse. Troops fighting Evil? Support it. Tax Cuts? Awesome.

My personal opinion does not matter on this, I can’t vote for the guy, he can be Tom Coburn Arch-Conservative for all I care. But right now, he’s nothing more than an ex-Special Teams ace in an empty suit. Oh? And about that political passion thing?


  • Brock Olivo wants supporters to do for him something he has never done: vote.Olivo, the former Mizzou football star now running for Congress, has never voted before in an election, public records show.

    Reached today, Olivo confirmed that he has never cast a ballot, in Missouri or anywhere else.

    “I’m a recovered apathetic,” Olivo, 31, said, adding that “I am first to admit that I was wrong.”

Apparently, he did not learn the greatest lesson of all in Social Studies class. That when you vote, you can change the world. But maybe I’m being unfair. After all, this is Brock Olivo’s first lie as a political candidate. He just might have a future in this thing.

Check him out in action. Tell me he can’t emerge as a Congressman.



  1. Aren’t you forgetting about that sporty midriff and the power it conveys?

    Comment by Christopher Bormann — February 27, 2008 @ 7:39 pm |Reply

  2. That midriff may be enough for him to face down his primary opponents.

    Comment by Andrew — February 27, 2008 @ 7:42 pm |Reply

  3. You must do some research, and realize the facts, Brock Olivo is an honest leader and not a career politician. What do you want, to hear more unfulfilled rhetoric? You’d complain about that, too. Olivo’s success due to his character is unparalleled not only in this race, but in this modern world. His work ethic, honesty, leadership, and ability to forge success have blazed a reputation that is the best among those who’s paths he’s crossed. He will do the same for the people of the ninth through his sheer determination to lead them and be the strongest voice for them in Washington. He isn’t a career politician: remember the nine scariest words: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” This isn’t him – which sets him apart from all the others in the race, R or D. The people will speak for him as he unites them and as they collectively move forward to further the vision of the ninth district. Olivo is only the 7th player in the history of Ole’ Mizzou to have his number retired for the intangibles, he was tapped into the exclusive secret honor society Mystical 7 for his representation of the University, and he’s got a network due to those accomplishments that spreads throughout the ninth district and the country. He is very smart and capable of the work ahead of him, and I can’t wait to join the effort! Go MIZZOU!

    Comment by Jason — February 29, 2008 @ 2:08 pm |Reply

  4. You’re gay for politics.

    Comment by Elvi Patterson! — February 29, 2008 @ 5:56 pm |Reply

  5. Wow this was really insightful, haha one of the first blogs I read all the way through :)

    return the favor?

    Comment by Kellen — August 26, 2008 @ 3:17 am |Reply

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