While most of us can brush the incident off as nothing more than crass humor, there may be something more to be worried about.
Travis recently announced that he has ambitions to run for the Senate in Tennessee if “Bob Corker doesn’t run for re-election and Peyton Manning doesn’t run.”
And, as we’ve seen in recent times, comments about a woman’s physical appearance, as well as inappropriate sexual innuendos, haven’t stopped candidates from winning public office.
We can go through every single misogynistic thing President Trump has said about women’s bodies, but this editorial isn’t long enough for that.
If Travis were to run for public office, his “First Amendment and boobs” quip and persona in general could go over well with the right. Even though he’s hinted at running as an independent, he has long been a lovable figure among conservatives.
Inexperienced political candidates aren’t always Republican, take, for example, Minnesota senator and former Saturday Night Live writer Al Franken, a Democrat.
Instead, Travis would likely join the anti-Washington movement on which President Trump capitalized last year and that could be the same constituents supporting Kid Rock’s campaign for Senate.
That begs the question: which way is American politics starting to swing? Are we starting to value one’s persona and charisma (or lack thereof) instead of sound policy positions?
Or has this always been the case? One of the most beloved presidents among the right-wing is former President Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood actor before entering the world of politics.
Regardless of which side and which television personality you pick, interrogating this question of separating persona from policy is important. Just because we like a person, or find them humorous or brutally honest, will that translate into effective policy positions for most people?
If Travis runs, he’ll have to table his misogyny to come up with with more talking points than the First Amendment and boobs.