Jesse Ventura Is Pranking America (Hopefully)

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ventura-beard.jpg CNN is running promos for Jesse Ventura’s Larry King Live appearance tonight (Ventura’s pimping his new book) that suggest Ventura is set to announce a presidential bid.

Horserace hyperventilation: Will Ventura pull enough votes in his native Minnesota to throw the state to either McCain or Obama? There’s isn’t much love lost between Ventura and Minnesotans after Ventura’s very underwhelming term as governor, but he still has his fans there.

Reality check: Ventura will likely raise, oh I don’t know, zero dollars and be out of the race in a month, if he runs at all.

Double reality check: This has to be an April Fool’s prank. If it isn’t, I suggest Ventura fight Nader to see who gets to be the national sideshow for the next few months. There can be only one!

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