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Billionaire Jewish Man Running For President; Schwarzenegger to Co-star

Now that Mike B. has left the Republican Party behind him, a Presidential run will be heavily discussed.

The Times already has a graphic looking at the success of third party candidates over the years. Even more interesting is when you take into account the current frontrunners: Rudy and Hillary, both of New York. A Clinton-Bloomberg-Giuliani battle would be great to watch, but hell for 95% of the country.

But here's my overly-premature question: who'll run with him? Can't be the green-tied man in the photo. Moreover, as his film bio shows, Arnie has never before co-starred with a Jewish man (not counting John Turturro's brief appearance in Collateral Damage); although he has starred with short men (see TWINS).

So who could it be? Hard to imagine any of the current contenders jumping ship to join him. The country's only other prominent independents are two Senators: a socialist, (Bernie Sanders of Vermont), and a joke (Joe Lieberman of Connecticut).

I'm fresh out of ideas.

Celine Dion Rounds Out Ladyfest 2008

Click through for the Sopranos-like video; Bill: "My money's on Smashmouth."

Candidates No One Cares About Steal Ideas From Films No One Watched

Taking the minimalist (read: boring) campaign advertisement style used by Chris Dodd to another level, Mike Gravel goes with a minimalist/surrealist motif:

Now, I'm down with the go-for-broke mentality as much as the next guy, but these must be a joke.

One more strange ad from Gravel...

Gravel Campaign Saving Up to Buy Playstation III

Touché mon George, Touché

In light of another legal setback in the war of terror, here's some classic Bush press conference material, defending the Administration's interpretation of the Geneva Convention:

I'd feel bad for David Gregory (who generally holds his own), if only he hadn't played such a big part in this abomination.

Catch the Adventure! Catch the Excitement! Catch... the Dodd!

The New Republic pointed this out as well; Chris Dodd is doing nothing to enhance his square image.

Wow. Dodd's portrayal of himself reminded me a lot of The Simpsons' portrayal of Al Gore.

Read on for clip.

"Obama and the Rules"

From "Obama and the Rules," in the America Prospect:

Democratic presidential primary contests often follow a familiar pattern: There is one candidate (usually the one I find myself supporting) with a high-minded pitch for "a new kind of politics" -- what the Los Angeles Times columnist Ron Brownstein recently called the "wine track" candidate -- and there is a "beer track" candidate who says things like "It’s your fight, too!" (Dick Gephardt, 1988) or "The presidency [isn’t] an academic exercise; [it] has to be a day-to-day fight for the American people" (Al Gore, 2000).

Usually, as Brownstein points out, the wine-tracker has a nice run in the odd-numbered year, because better-educated voters pay attention earlier. Then, when the real contest begins, the beer-track candidate picks up the union endorsements and the working-class voters, the results quickly resolve in his favor, and the rest of us take home our "Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bruce Babbitt" bumper stickers.


After reading a number of the candidates' websites regarding this evening's Democratic presidential debate, I came to the following conclusion: THEY ALL WON. You'd think it would be impossible for this to happen, but you'd be wrong. Hillary was "dominant," Edwards was "smart" and "bold," and Obama "provided a clear example of strong, honest leadership."

Meanwhile, over at the New York Times, Stanley Fish writes a second, particularly relevant, entry on "spin." (Unfortunately, it's TimesSelect, but highly recommended reading, as is the first entry and the comments received on it.)

Fish writes of the "impossibility of avoiding 'spin' in a world (our world) [Ed. note: was this parenthetical really needed, Stanley?] where perception and expression necessarily proceed from some angled perspective or point of view."

And while Fish is not writing specifically for the presidential debates (or politics generally), this discussion is timely. After an eight person debate (which few watched), most people will learn about the debate through soundbites, youtubes, summaries and interpretations. So how does one find out who "won" the debate?

CNN's commentators take a similar, albeit much less intellectual or nuanced, perspective as Fish. Two of three think that Clinton was the "winner," although both of them also think that Biden "seemed to know the most about the issues" and none of them cite anything she did. Carville did say he thought she was "best dressed." But even that comment means little, when you consider that he likely said it only to avoid being seen as fruity for saying another man was well dressed.

Are any of the commentators correct? No, of course not, but when combined with the perspectives of so many others available online, you can get a pretty good understanding of the debate - and possibly a better one than just by watching it yourself. You'll even be able to get the result you wanted. Like Kucinich? He did great - in fact he was the best on the floor. Richardson? Man he was kicking ass and taking names. Undoubtedly, some accounts will even promise you that Mike Gravel will be the next president of the United States. Fortunately for us, political debates aren't like sports; no matter how many times I check ESPN, the Spurs are playing the Cavs in the Finals, not the Bulls and Suns.


Despite what I've said above (or maybe because of it), continue here, to see Cosmodrome's take on the debaters.

Cheney Is President! For Real! [Not Really.]

If I Can't Have You, I Don't Want Nobody Baby

Jean-Marie le Pen encouraged French voters to act out the plot of the film Brewster's Millions by staying away from the upcoming French battle royale between Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene... Royal.

It would seem this lack of an endorsement would hurt Mr. Sarkozy, if it has any effect at all. And as little as I actually care who wins, my support goes to Ms. Royal. A vote for her is a vote for under-represented class of wealthy, attractive, white women, while Sarkozy is just another wealthy white man.

Below, find le Pen in a typical moment.

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