Caitlyn Jenner is political, of course. It’s just not her official job title. Not only does Jenner represent a unique and complex place in the American culture’s identity wars, she is also an avowed Republican — to the consternation of many people who see her as a hero to the left on gender issues where the GOP has a reputation for being slower to respond to changes in public thinking. Over the weekend Jenner again addressed the possibility of making her political work part of her official job — with a potential senate run. A talk show interview with John Catsimatidis at AM 970 saw Jenner wonder again about a run for political office. “A rumor,” that Catsimatidis brings up. Jenner uses language that’s very rehearsed to address it, saying she has to decide if she can do better “from the outside, working the perimeter, or from the inside.”
If that language sounds familiar, it’s because Jenner has publicly contemplated running for office before, on CNN and elsewhere. She told CNN: “at first I thought I would never run for office because I had so many secrets.” With her secrets all revealed, she said she’s now free to explore whether she could effect change “best from the outside working the perimeter or from the inside.” (That’s stump speech consistency, not off the cuff chatter.) Senator Dianne Fienstein‘s Senate seat may be open in 2018 (Feinstein is 84) and Jenner has plenty of credentials to challenge for the seat in this celebrity-drenched age. Hardly anyone is more famous — or been famous longer — than Jenner, who won Olympic Gold in 1976 in Montreal.