38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's Senate Seat

September 3, 2009 -

Will former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling run for the Senate seat vacated by the recent death of Ted Kennedy?

If he does, how will MMO development at his company, 38 Studios be affected?

These remain open questions following yesterday's acknowledgement by Schilling that he is considering a bid for the late Kennedy's former spot. Writing on his 38 Pitches blog, Schilling was candid about his potential foray into big-time politics:

While my family is obviously the priority, and 38 Studios is a priority, I do have some interest in the possibility [of running]. That being said, to get to there from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.

Although Bloomberg reports that Schilling is a registered Independent, as GamePolitics reported during last year's presidential race, Schilling stumped for Republican contender John McCain. He is most definitely not an Obama fan.

The Boston Globe has additional quotes on the Senate issue from Schilling, including this one:

I'm not going to divulge the discussions, but I've been contacted by people whose opinion I give credence to and listen to, and I listened...


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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Most elected officials are more akin to popularity contests then voting for someone who is competent.  Case in point the one congress woman where when the Mars Rover landed succesfully asked if it could be piloted to where the astronauts planted the American flag in 1969. 

I am not for or against voting for Schilling but I am not against him attempting to run for office.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Must admit, no offense to Schilling, but I always get nervous about politicians whose voting-base may not be entirely based on their political stance, but instead on their previous career, Shwarzenegger did that, and look at the mess he made, so did Ronald Reagan, and there's still very divided opinion over the job he did.

I could be wrong, and Schilling may make an excellent politician if that's the route he chooses, but it does set warning bells ringing for me.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Your argument holds no water. Remember that Schwarzeneggar is only governor of California because Gray Davis, a career politician with no notable previous career, was voted out of office for being an incompetent doofus.

And your political bias shines through. Something tells me you don't have similar concerns about Jack Kemp or John Glenn.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I don't have the slightest concern about either of those two because the Internet is bigger than the United States of America.

You still can't deny that what put Schwarzenegger in office was the fact he starred in a string of famous movies, otherwise, no-one would have even considered him. And let's face it, when he has to start selling autographed cars to make up the financial defecit, you've got to start asking where the buck stops.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

So you're concerned about people like Arnold and Reagan because of their previous careers, but when I bring up Kemp and Glenn suddenly the Internet is bigger than the US. That's rich.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

True, but your last comment does bring us back to the fact that California was a financial cesspool before he even thought about running, and not just because of Gray Davis.  California's entire government is to blame, not just the Governor, as it was their legislature that signed off on massive spending bills with no way to pay for them (much like our current Federal government).

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Indeed. Much like your previous Federal government, and the one before that, and the one before that and etc etc ad nauseum.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Exactly.  Our government officials try to hide their lack of fiscal responsibility by explaining that if we don't spend trillions of dollars right now to fix something that only an extreme minority might have to deal with, we're going to collapse as a nation.  At least President Bush spent most of his money for equipment for a military fighting a war.  Funny thing was, the people whining about his spending wanted to cut THAT money (to get good military equipment to people fighting a war they signed off on) and spend it on other stuff, like a free pass on illegal immigration and Viagra for senior citizens on Medicare.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

And do you believe the governator did a better job in California? Between Davis and the washed out actor is pretty hard to tell who has been more incompetent. Davis started to dig the hole and the governator kept on digging.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

The simple litmus test about what sort of job Arnie is this: Outside of GP, He is NEVER mentioned in the news here in the UK. This means he must be doing an OK job at least, because we all know the news likes to broadcast the big clangers over and over.

To say anything stronger one way or the other just shows your own political bias.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Guess you haven't heard of the 27 billion dollar deficit the state currently has. Not to mention the absurd cuts on education and health. Even BBC made an article about so I'm amazed that you haven't heard anything. 

If California would stop wasting millions of tax payer dollars in making endless ballot measures instead of governing like the leaders they claim to be, they would of been a lot better right now. The state is filled with rabid liberals and conservatives but none of them have the fortitude to have some political accountability.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

And is California the ONLY state in the U.S.A. to have a deficit, waste tax money, make cuts to education and/or health and indulge in vote-grabbing? Seem to me it describes the last 8 years of their entire country, not just a single state.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I see him mientioned quite often on BBC World to be honest, but true, he didn't have the best of situations to start with, but from what I can garner about him, he isn't exactly doing a wonderful job of fixing the problem either.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Name a politician that HAS inherited a mess and done well with it.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I think 'better' in this context could probably construed as 'not letting it get any worse' to be honest. I'm not saying he's the worst in the world, I'm just stating my concern that his elevation was based more on his ability to say 'I'll be back' than on proven political acumen.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

To a greater or lesser extent, that's what all elections hinge on.

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Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Hehe, excellent point, but Arnie had the advantage of already being well-known, if he'd been an unknown immigrant with little political experience and not a star of several smash hit movies, how many people would have voted for him?

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Your claim on Reagan is a stretch, he was very engaged in politics for years before becoming Governor and then the President.  Given the tremendous victories Reagan achieved to chalk those up to his B-acting seems at best extremely partisan or ill-informed at worst.   

 

As for Schiling, MA could probably do better

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I'll agree with you there, he was active politically beforehand, but I'm intruiged to know where this whole 'chalking it up to his B-Acting' came from, my post is quite short, it can be read in a few seconds, but you seem to have access to sentences that exist is a parallel dimension or something...

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"I always get nervous about politicians whose voting-base may not be entirely based on their political stance, but instead on their previous career, Shwarzenegger did that, and look at the mess he made, so did Ronald Reagan" (emphasis added)

I postulated from this that you were reffering to Reagan's acting career as you were to Schwarzenegger's. If I'm wrong please forgive me but it then of course begs the quesiton to what end did you reffer to Reagan? 

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It's the bits you didn't highlight that are interesting, in particular the word 'may' and the phrase:

', and there's still very divided opinion over the job he did.'

Which isn't saying he did a bad job, that's why I left Reagan till last, because with Reagan it's a lot less definite as to whether he did a bad job, but there's still little doubt that his acting career helped his political career along from the viewpoint that he was already a household name.

That said, no hard feelings, I didn't make the post to stress whether these people were particularly bad or good, as I said in my original post, I could be entirely wrong, it wasn't really a party-political broadcast but more a statement that I get wary of politicians who bring an external fanbase into a political arena, though I will happily accept that Reagan is a different situation to Arnie.

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Ok, I think we are close enough to being on the same page.  Just one tid bit, I respect your posistion on the whether front in regards to results, I was only trying to adress the argument for the rational for Reagan being elected Gov. and then President.

And there you have it a civil internet debate, we could end up in a text book.  

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I can't actually recall any game these guys made...much less even heard of their company in the first place.

What have they made?

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I don't think they have actually made anything. Schilling started the company after he retired from baseball. They're still in the start-up phase.

Apparently Curt "The Mouth" Schilling can't figure WHAT he wants to do once he realized he can't pitch anymore.

(If you couldn't tell, I am not a Red Sox fan).

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Yeah too bad, since, you know, he was such a crappy pitcher and didn't make ANY money while in the big leagues and TOTALLY can't afford to waffle a bit.

(If you couldn't tell, I am a Red Sox fan)

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Go SOX! Nuf Ced!

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

I didn't even know that's who he played for.

If it isn't tennis, i really don't care for it. even then tennis is definitely better played than watched.

Re: 38 Studios Boss Schilling Mulls Bid For Ted Kennedy's ...

Heh he can barely manage his half-assed company and now hen wants to enter politics? Besides when was the last time they released a game?

 
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