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Seven of Nine……and Barack Obama in Illinois…….

You know……. I’ve know this story for a long time……

But I never connected the dots……


How soon we forget!…..and…..

What a small world it is….

And the Borg DO win in the end!…….

Seven of Nine Human Version

Some people look at actress Jeri Ryan and see the former cover girl for Maxim andFHM. Some recall her days in a latex catsuit as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Voyager. Show biz junkies call her a show killer because she’s appeared in so many doomed series, from Dark Skies to Shark. But for me she will always be the woman who made Barack Obama’s career possible.

She ought to have been appointed as Illinois’s senator; no one deserved it more.

Jeri is not an attorney, although she’s often played one on TV.  None of her roles matched the part she played in the “sex scandal” that ruined her ex-husband’s career.  That’s “sex scandal” in quotes because, as the Washington Post noted in the aftermath, this was a sex scandal without sex.

Here’s what happened:  The Ryans met in 1990 and married the following year. The former Jeri Lynn Zimmerman had been Miss Illinois 1989, and third runner up in the Miss American pageant. (She sang “On My Own” from Le Miz.)  She had just graduated from Northwestern. Jack Ryan was a Dartmouth man, with Harvard law and business degrees, who left Goldman Sachs with a $95 million fortune, and chose to teach in a boys school on Chicago’s rough South Side. The Ryans settled in Chicago, while Jeri pursued her acting career, making her debut in a TV movie, Nightmare in Columbia County, as the teenage target of a serial killer. The Ryans’ son was born in 1994, but as Jeri’s career heated up, especially after she was cast in Star Trek: Voyager, she spent more and more time on the West Coast.  Her name was linked to Brannon Braga, executive producer of Star Trek Voyager.  (He’s currently a writer-producer on 24.)
In 1999 Jeri filed for divorce. It was civilized and quiet, Jeri got a third of the Ryan fortune and the couple agreed to share custody of their son with Jeri holding physical custody. All records were sealed. A year later, Jack Ryan tried to revisit the custody agreement. Jeri responded with a 24-page Declaration filed with the Los Angeles Court.  In it she described the last days of a doomed marriage.  For her the marriage was over in the spring of 1998, but Jack Ryan went ahead and arranged surprise trips to New Orleans, New York, and Paris. He remembered them as “romantic weekends.” She remembered them as visits to sex clubs. He hated to go out to dinner, Jeri said, but he took her out in New York, then said the least she could do in return was go to one such club with him.  She went to the clubs, but as far as any activity went, she resorted to the most empowering phrase any woman can use—“No.”
Besides, she was by now in love with another man, had been since spring, and the Ryans finally separated in fall 1998, divorcing the following year. Divorce and custody papers were sealed.

[ Jerry and Jack Ryan and Barack Obama in the Illinois State Senate ]
Jeri’s recollections lay buried in the 2000 Declaration like an Internet worm until Jack Ryan won the 2004 Illinois Republican primary, defeating seven other candidates to become the Republican candidate for United States Senator from Illinois. Ryan’s Democratic opponent would be Barack Obama, a virtual nonentity who had served three undistinguished terms in the Illinois state senate and had already lost one Democratic primary fight for a chance to run for Congress.
Almost immediately, Obama supporters began an e-mail campaign calling for Jack Ryan’s sealed records. He released his tax records and his divorce records, but in the tradition of Woodward and Bernstein, the Chicago Tribune investigative team refused to let go. The Tribune made history when it went to court to have the custody files opened, over the objections of both Jack and Jeri Ryan who were concerned about the effect on their nine-year-old son. The public’s right to know overruled that and Judge Robert T. Schnider of the Los Angeles Superior Court released 360 pages of sworn testimony. Diligent investigative reportage unearthed Jeri Ryan’s 2000 Declaration containing her description of their visits to sex clubs. Forget that this was a married couple and that nothing actually happened in the clubs.  This kind of thing still doesn’t play in the Midwest.
The Republican leadership quickly bailed on Jack Ryan……..


May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Space, Updates, Women | , , ,


  1. Democratic opponent would be Barack Obama, a virtual nonentity

    so GLAD I am here

    I was a proud subscriber of the Washington Post BACK THEN and also had access to several national magazines

    I can CLEARLY remember the Obama/Ryan race billed as A MAJOR RACE to watch for 2004

    so I cant “buy” Obama was a nonentity

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. he WAS a nobody……on the way to becoming A somebody…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. if he was a NOBODY he would have not been listed as a MAJOR RACE to watch

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. I would like to KNOW the first time Bill Clinton crossed paths with Obama

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. Nightmare in Columbia County

    I would like to see a movie called “From Colombia to Columbia”

    it would be the story of dealings in Colombia, South America to Columbia, SC to the District of Columbia and the CONTINUOUS CYCLE

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  6. “From Colombia to Columbia”

    It would star Henry McMaster as THE MAN in the District

    Mark Sanford as the 007

    Andre Bauer as the young protege

    and Nikki Haley as the Starlet

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

  7. and Gresham Barrett as the US military BORG

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 23, 2010 | Reply

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  9. connect the dots .. … ….. .

    I wanna change my LAST name to Ryan

    but Ide settle for Goodwin

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 25, 2010 | Reply

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