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Friday, May 23, 2008

The McCain celebrity endorsements

In John McCaslin's column I found an account of Hollywood celebrities found to have donated to McCain: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/JohnMcCaslin/2008/05/22/allys_birthday

Among those opening checkbooks for Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, according to Federal Election Commission filings, are Wilford Brimley, the mustached actor known for his Quaker Oats commercials and famous line, "It's the right thing to do." (Before acting, Mr. Brimley was Howard Hughes' bodyguard).

Wilford Brimley? Cool! Former bodyguard? Major cool!

Also supporting the Arizona Republican are Dick Van Patten; William Barron Hilton (famous of late for being Paris Hilton's grandfather); and Rip Torn, who played Artie on HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show."

Dick Van Patten: whitebread.

Rip Torn: pretty impressive.

William Barron Hilton: Will be dismissed as a typical fat-cat capitalist right-winger.

Our Hollywood insider says "this is just the beginning. You can look for other big names to hop on board the StraightTalk Express," referring to Mr. McCain's campaign bus.

I myself am not thrilled by the fact these these people contributed to McCain. What I am is really startled and pleased that the Hollywood Left Lip Lock has apparently been broken.

Some years back Kurt Russell spoke about being a libertarian and indicated that it was definitely not a career-neutral thing in the Big H. But let's look down the list and see what's shaping up here.

Among the notables she says lean right:

Britney Spears: This is an advantage?

Drew Carey: Said to be more of a libertarian. Some libertarians may vote for McCain -but if they do it's purely damage control.

Bo Derek: This affects me how?

Tom Selleck: Kinda cool, though he didn't come prepared to bitch-slap Rosie O'Donnell (rhetorically speaking of course) when she ambushed and insulted him on her show. Probably too much of a nice guy for these times.

Shirley Temple Black: We've known that forever.

Clint Eastwood: Said to be a libertarian. Has at least spoken approvingly of it.

Ben Stein: This is news?

Kim Alexis: Who?

Scott Baio: Well, if you've seen and liked 'Scott Baio is 45 and Single' you can see the story of an overaged boy finally growing up and facing reality and his responsibilities therein. The kind of story Yours Truly can relate to.

Adam Baldwin: Which one is he? I thought there was only one right-wing born-again Baldwin?

Robert Conrad: Didn't have to tell me, I would have guessed it.

Alice Cooper: Now that's really strange.

Shannen Doherty: This is good?

Robert Duvall: This is good.

Jamie Farr: Very cool. Nice dress Klinger.

Kelsey Grammer: OK now we're cooking. With Drew Carey you've got two masters of a particularly subtle wit. (Drew Carey? Subtle in concept, rather than execution.)

Dean Jones: He's still alive? Is he still working? I miss Ensign O'Toole.

Jimmy Dean: Kinda cool, but you would have known.

Shirley Jones: I love you madly, madly Madam Librarian. Now more than ever.

Don King: Poison - especially given that McCain is reportedly heavily invested in boxing. Which makes his hypocrisy in attempting to ban UFC (a.k.a. "human cockfighting") in his state especially well, hypocritical.

Heather Locklear: The Babe Factor at work - and surprisingly, she turned out to be one of those women who is far more attractive at a certain age than when she was an ingenue.

Chuck Norris: Uh, I'm not going to try and say anything funny about Chuck.

Freddie Prinze Jr.: Interesting. I'd actually like to ask him why.

Mickey Rooney: No surprise.

Jessica Simpson: Surprise!

Grace Slick: Double surprise!

Tony Danza: Might have guessed.

Kurt Russell: Libertarian. Con cojones.

Pat Sajak: Well duh? He writes a right-wing column after all.

Stephen Baldwin: OK, he's the one who got born again. Did he bring one other brother around?

Rick Schroder: Might have guessed. Schroder has some tragic law and order issues in his history. I believe a cousin went missing when they were both children. One overwheliming impression you get from the Left is that in general, they just don't believe in the existence of evil. (Or more likely, desperately don't want to believe.) Rick Schroder has had his nose rubbed in it.

Hilary Duff: Hey, wouldn't it be nice to see a recent graduate of the Disney stable turn out OK?

Cheryl Ladd: Bits and pieces I've heard about her over the years make this less of a surprise than it might have been.

Marilyn Manson: Did I hear something about him in a similar context before?

Marie Osmond: Mormon. No surprise.

Bruce Willis: Yeah!!!


  • At 6:42 AM, Blogger Joseph Sixpack said…

    What disturbs me is the thought that celebrity endorsements actually matter. The evidence suggests that they do.

    How did this happen?

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger Steve Browne said…

    Dunno, but it kinda makes you nostalgic for the days when actors couldn't marry into respectable families or be buried in the churchyard.

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger Joseph Sixpack said…

    Well, now they can marry into respectable families, but they simply opt to intermarry like royalty. Inbreeding will be their downfall. And they probably could be buried in churchyards if they wanted to be, but they would probably view that as bigotry.

  • At 3:53 PM, Blogger Ted said…

    Always knew Bruce was cool:
    "Yippy-ki-yea, M..."

  • At 6:27 AM, Blogger Jeremiah said…

    Adam Baldwin isn't from the Alec/Stephen Baldwin family, they just happen to have the same last name (aside from any distance relationship of course).

    You might know him as Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket or Jayne on Firefly, though he's appeared in a ton of stuff. More of a working actor than a big star.

  • At 6:32 AM, Blogger Jeremiah said…

    Not really surprised by Schroeder either. Until a few years ago he owned a ranch near my hometown in Colorado. I'v heard people say they would occasionally see him and his family at the mall, usually dressed nice, and usually on a Sunday afternoon...after they got out of church.

    Apparently he's a Mormon and a convert to it at that.


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