Super Bowl, Super Tuesday and Super Endorsements
It's been an exciting week so far. Not only did the Giants win the Super Bowl in a spectacular upset, but today voters in 24 states will go to the polls and possibly determine the presidential nominees. In honor of these two, uh, "super" events, polls are comparing the relative "excitement level" of Sunday and Tuesday to see if Americans get more excited about football or politics, and even the constantly-campaigning presidential candidates took some time off to watch the Super Bowl.
It's Tuesday morning, and if you're one of the 10-15% of undecided Super Tuesday voters nationwide, you're just not sure who to vote for today. Perhaps you've thought about the issues -- if you're like most Americans, the economy, the war in Iraq, and health care are at the top of your list -- but still haven't decided. In that case, let me offer you an alternative -- and much less informed -- way to make that hard Super Tuesday choice: celebrity endorsements. Sure, there have been a lot of celebrities making endorsements for fairly ridiculous reasons. Sylvestor Stallone is endorsing McCain because "Reality is pretty brutal and pretty hard-edged like a rough action film, and you need somebody who's been in that to deal with it," and Hulk Hogan is voting for Obama because "he seems like the real deal," but there actually are some celebrities who mention, believe it or not, actual policy. So in honor of Super Tuesday, here are some the choices some of the more famous among us will make when they go to the ballot box (or eelectronic voting machine) this election.
Hulk Hogan may be rooting for Obama, but another veritable action hero, Chuck Norris, has put himself firmly behind Mike Huckabee. Norris likes that Huckabee is "an avid fisherman, hunter and a long-term member of the NRA," and is "not afraid to stand up for a Creator." However, he also manages to list a few policy concerns, noting some of Huckabee's acheivements as governor of Arkansas. Norris writes,
"As governor, Mike led the citizens of Arkansas through difficult conditions. He balanced the budget each year, enhanced technology in commerce, was tough on crime, used tobacco lawsuit monies to better health care, initiated a toll-free hotline to report tips on government corruption and 16 times had to endure the long nights of the soul before he gave permission for executions to proceed. He also initiated the ARKids First program, cutting the number of uninsured children in half."