Jennifer Granholm's Very Dated 1978 Appearance on 'The Dating Game'

The former Michigan governor sported a fluffy shirt and a fluffier hairdo as she was courted by three eligible bachelors.

Note to Michigan Republican opposition researchers: Step up your game.

Somehow, no one turned up this epic clip of Jennifer Granholm, the current Current TV host and former Michigan governor, when she was running for office. The 19-year-old Granholm, then a beauty queenwhose unsuccessful bid at a Hollywood career was still in front of her, went on The Dating Game, where she was wooed by three eligible bachelors. Her Farrah Fawcett 'do and high-rise jeans betray the era, but anyone who watched Granholm's rather animated speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte won't be surprised by her ability to emote, even then.

Sadly -- or perhaps not -- Granholm's pairing on the show didn't work out. She didn't even go on the Palm Springs getaway with the lucky winner, and is now married to leadership expert and UC-Berkeley faculty member Daniel Mulhern. There isn't much in the clip to indicate that she was on her way to being a successful politician. At one point, she asked contestants to state what mode of transportation women should be built like, and infrastructure was one focus of her tenure as governor, but making any connected there is a stretch.

Granholm took the resurfacing of the clip in stride, telling the Detroit Free Press, "I'm still laughing so hard my stomach still hurts."

Presented by

David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile his neighbor, the patriarch of a 70-acre family farm

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

More in Politics

Just In