Be Cool. Vote for…

September 11, 2008 at 8:17 am (Politics thoughts)

With just a few short weeks of election mania to go we can now prepare for the inevitable onslaught of presidential endorsements from celebrities!

Voting is cool. But voting for someone based on the endorsements of famous people is idiotic. Nevertheless every election season you’ll get a tremendous number of famous people telling you who you should vote for.

Let’s run down some of the celebrity endorsements of the candidates…

For Obama you have some great American patriots such as…

Oprah

Diddy This is not the youtube where he vehemently insults Governor Palin and Senator McCain with the repeated use of the F-word. (That is “diddy obama blog #16” It’s an R-rated video so be warned).

Russell Brand (*Warning* this link contains some jokes and language which could be considered offensive) Who? Yeah that’s what I wondered as well but evidently some British comedian (loosely used description) represents the entire world when he pleads with us to vote for Obama.

Matt Damon In the latest slap on the governor of Alaska he references “actuary tables” to point out that there is a 1 in 3 chance that McCain survives his first term of presidency. hahaha. He still thinks he is Will Hunting.

For a complete Wikipedia list of Obama endorsements click here.

And now for the celebrities who endorse John McCain…

This is a very strong group. Take for example…

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sylvester Stallone

Lou Ferrigno

And then of course there is John Rich, who evidently is some kind of country music “star”. He went out and wrote a song called “Raisin’ McCain

I’m not exactly sure if this song is a parody, a sick joke about how old and wrinkly McCain is,  or if it is meant to be a compliment.

Either way it sure is catchy isn’t it?

For a complete Wikipedia list of McCain endorsements click here.

Is there any celebrity out there whose presidential endorsement would matter to you at all? Is anyone sitting at home waiting to hear their favorite actor or musician or athlete tell them who they should vote for? And if someone is persuaded to vote based on a celebrity endorsement should their vote actually count?

These are just some thoughts for you to ponder as you soak in the political coverage of the next 2 months.

(BTW in case you’re waiting for your favorite blog author’s endorsement I promise to give it in a few weeks after I’ve seen a couple of debates and found out where the candidates stand on certain issues)

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15 Comments

  1. danielbalc said,

    I must admit I would probably listen to endorsments from foreign leaders such as…
    Hugo Chavez
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Dmitry Medvedev
    and the body double for Kim Jong Ill

    if those guys happen to endorse one of the two main candidates I might pay attention.

  2. Goldminers said,

    No endorsements needed. No further debates needed. I will not vote for Osama bin Obama. The terrorist from the 60s and radical preacher follower and closet muslim.

    Nuf said.

  3. Aunt Beth said,

    Chuck Norris

  4. danielbalc said,

    Chuck Norris was an avid supporter of Mike Huckabee. I don’t know if he has completely thrown in his support for McCain

  5. Pablo Honey said,

    Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.

  6. Pablo Honey said,

    After all, outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris.

  7. danielbalc said,

    Obama got another celebrity endorsement! This time from a Dallas Mavericks basketball player named Josh Howard.

    In the middle of the clip Howard says, “‘The Star-Spangled Banner is going on right now. I don’t even celebrate that (expletive). I’m black.”

    At least that’s all that the AP says about it.

    In fact he doesn’t stop at “I’m black.” but continues by saying…. “Obama 08 and all the (expletive).”

    I don’t think the problem with Josh Howard is the color of his skin, but rather his mental capacity. I see far more people in the clip standing respectfully during the singing of that national anthem than are mingling about disrespectfully and mocking the tribute to our country. And since virtually everyone in the clip is black I guess his reasoning is somewhat flawed. Maybe the color of your skin doesn’t absolve you from the duties of citizenship.

    And here’s my biggest problem with Obama’s campaign. The fact that it is intentionally targeting people such as Josh Howard. People who have probably never voted in their entire lives. People who have no knowledge of the political system and even worse no interest in contributing to the process.

    Check out this LA Times piece written in June that talks about how Obama’s campaign targets 3 main categories that have been reluctant to vote…

    1. The black vote
    2. The under 35 vote
    3. (I swear I am not making this up read the article) The incarcerated and convicted felon vote!

    Here’s a sample…

    In a political twist, Democrats can thank a Republican for empowering one new group of voters: Florida felons. Gov. Charlie Crist last week announced that, thanks to a new rule he enacted, about 115,000 felons who had completed their sentences had become eligible under his administration to have their civil rights restored. Liberal groups such as People for the American Way hope to track down even more who could have their rights restored in time to permit them to register and vote in November.

    Experts say felons are disproportionately black and, if they can be found, more likely to be Obama backers. This provides a huge potential; about 1.1 million felons in Florida were ineligible to vote in 2004, according to a 2006 book by sociologists Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen. Here too the potential for gains has risk: It could open a door for Republicans to portray Democrats as soft on crime.

    The push for new and nontraditional voters is so targeted and aggressive that an NAACP official in Ohio said her organization plans to pursue individuals who are incarcerated but who have not yet been tried or sentenced and, therefore, under state law, remain eligible to vote.

    The group is also tracking felons who often don’t realize that, in Ohio, they are eligible to vote as soon as they leave prison.

    Ex-offenders are “just everywhere,” said Jocelyn Travis, who heads the Ohio NAACP’s voter outreach program. “People who have a felony or criminal background are throughout our community, and they don’t realize that they have the right to vote.”

  8. danielbalc said,

    Here’s a little CNN report on the celebrity hatred of Sarah Palin..

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/09/22/anderson.hollywood.vs.palin.cnn

    My favorite quote is from Jason Biggs who says Sarah Palin is “from the stone ages”.

    This is a guy whose entire career is about physical “comedy” that only high school students would laugh at. Ironically they aren’t even allowed to watch his movies anymore now that R rated movies are actually being carded.

    The hollywood idiots hate palin because she believes in family values. Hollywood hates family. I wish it weren’t that easy but honestly what else could it be?

  9. Pablo Honey said,

    Someone want to start a thread to talk about the ongoing financial crisis? I’m interested to hear my fellow bloggers thoughts on the topic. I for one am pleased with the House standing up for the tax payers today and shooting down the bailout in it’s current form. What do you think? I’m afraid there is going to be some serious pressure coming down on all the members of Congress who voted nay in the coming days so it will be interesting to see where this goes. How do you think the Senate vote will go on Wednesday?

  10. danielbalc said,

    ask and it shall be given unto you…

    https://danielbalc.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/money-talk/

  11. danielbalc said,

    This is quite possibly the scariest video of all time.

    When did middle school students get so big?

  12. itsasecret2u said,

    “Because of Obama, I am inspired to vote Libertarian!”

  13. danielbalc said,

    Wouldn’t that actually be because of McCain?

  14. itsasecret2u said,

    Good point.

  15. danielbalc said,

    Ahhh kids choir….

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