It’s been 21 years since Howard Stern ran for Governor of New York in 1994, but he’s still got a taste for politics. At least politics that focus on a showbiz aesthetic — and nobody is better at bringing the entertainment factor to national campaigning right now than the ubiquitous Donald Trump. Stern and Trump are old friends, such as it is in the backbiting world of politics/business/showbiz. Trump called into Stern’s show last week and the two ratings phenoms chatted amiably. Stern followed Trump onto reality TV, joining America’s Got Talent after Trump’s success with The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice. And Trump has studied Stern, the original and still champion shock jock. If Trump tries to do anything particular with each stump speech it’s shock a little, if not a lot.
Stern has been jokingly touted as a potential VP candidate for Trump — and Stern has said he’ll do it as long as the gig comes with no responsibilities. (Al Gore might tell him that’s exactly what it’s like.) But Stern, with his new experience as a judge, has something different in mind. Forget electoral politics and campaigning for votes. How about an appointment to the Supreme Court? Trump replied by saying “Howard’s the best guy in the world” and “in terms of brainpower, he’s right at the top.” It would be fun to hear Stern go back and forth with Antonin Scalia, wouldn’t it?