For some Paul is seen as a homophobe and a racist. So for her fans, that may be sending them a message that she concurs with his homophobic and racist ideals. This is a problem since she does have a wide variety of die hard fans which include gays and a wide range of ethnicities who are offended by her endorsement.Cooper Lawrence, author of the book “Cult of Celebrity” • Discussing why Kelly Clarkson’s endorsement of Ron Paul struck such a raw nerve with many of her fans yesterday. Part of it, perhaps, was the timing of Clarkson’s endorsement — Paul’s long-dormant newsletters, racially-tinged tomes which he’s long claimed he didn’t write but has never fully resolved honestly and openly, resurfaced just a week ago. (The Economist has a smartly-written piece on Paul that’s worth considering for these sentences: “In the end, Mr Paul’s obsession with the Fed is an anti-government conspiracy theory. And in America, anti-government conspiracy theories attract a lot of wingnuts, some of whom have never read Hayek or von Mises.”) For us, though, the real question is whether this whole affair will cause a big enough decline in Clarkson’s career to force a movie sequel: “From Kelly Back To Justin Again”? Justin Guarini’s floppy, Muppet-like hair is waiting for your call, Kelly. source (via • follow)
» All the benefits of retirement and working! Rick Perry is 61 years old, and for most people, that’s closing in on retirement age. However, Perry is running for president, and could still be the guy to beat (you never know). But with his military and government service, he was able to score his pension now, according to the state’s Employee Retirement System. He has no regrets: ”That’s been in place for decades. … I don’t find that to be out of the ordinary,” Perry said. “ERS called me and said, ‘Listen, you’re eligible to access your retirement now with your military time and your time and service, and I think you would be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.’” Is the move off-key considering the fact that he’s a noted critic of entitlement programs?
[Gingrich] shows a level of erratic outspokenness which may be great in a campaign but not great for someone running for president.Mitt Romney • Getting in a solid blow at Newt Gingrich on Fox News this morning, in reaction to the whole Palestine “invented people” thing that became an issue during Saturday’s debate — and which Gingrich defended under heavy pressure. Romney’s trying to lob whatever bombs he has at Gingrich, who is suddenly ahead of him in a number of important polls. source (via • follow)
swagandpassion asks: So has Ron Paul dropped out or just not receiving any major media attention? The GOP race is perplexing to me. It would seem Ron Paul would have more traction with independents and disillusioned democrats versus Newt, Mitt, or Rick. Just curious.
» SFB says: As usual, he’s getting ignored for candidates with more issues and character flaws. However, he got some pretty good attention today for this attack ad he targeted at Newt Gingrich. There are definitely some plus sides to a Paul campaign for Dems (his anti-war stances especially), but the media at large (minus Jon Stewart) hasn’t really been giving him a chance. Why is that? (By the way, highly recommend reading the Ron Paul Tumblr tag. It shows how passionate people are for and against him.) — Ernie @ SFB
The whole campaign was a highlight reel. The singing! The mustache! The pizza! ‘9-9-9!’ That smoking ad! That creepy, slow smile! Remember when he was the front-runner, and everyone attempted to generate serious commentary on his plans as he looked on and attempted not to giggle?Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri • Begging Herman Cain to stay on the campaign trail. “Say what you will about Herman Cain, the man was the best joke we had,” she writes. “He can’t leave just yet.” This column is amazing.
In a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race. He told them he will make his final decision “over the next several days.The National Review claims that Herman Cain is having second thoughts on his campaign after word of an alleged affair surfaced last night. Game over?
» But what should we be aggressive about? Here’s the tally. Twice, Gingrich was describing how we should approach the war on drugs (“We ought to be much more aggressive about drug policy”); once, he was describing how the US went about supporting non-communist trade unions in Poland in the 1980s (“…we when we aggressively supported Solidarity”); and on three occasions, Newt was talking about US-Cuban relations (“I think we need a very aggressive model”). Oddly, he didn’t once utter the words “fundamental” or “profound,” although he did use another Gingrich fallback, “logical,” on two occasions, and busted out “totally” once.