Newt Gingrich has picked up the support of Hollywood's noted crazy guy Gary Busey and racial-slur ex-MLB pitcher John Rocker, while Barack Obama picked up the support of Muammar Qaddafi (before ordering the attacks that lead to his death), while Ron Paul has the random drunk guy vote locked down. Such supportive words from an unclean mouths constitutes one of the classic pitfalls of running for president: the unwanted endorsement. Here's a rundown of some of the most notable ones from the 2012 campaign so far.
John Rocker for Newt Gingrich “I have always loved Newt Gingrich. He is an absolute genius; just a marksman in historical value of pretty much anything you want to discuss," Rocker told Mike Silva on 1240 AM WGBB on Sunday. "He’s got obviously the intelligence, he’s got the experience. I don’t necessarily like he’s the lifetime politician type. I would just as soon see us go back to a Herman Cain, someone who’s been in the citizen form, if you will, for the better part of his adult life. But I have always liked Gingrich; I would like to see him get the nomination." This is the same John Rocker who once mocked gays and ethnics who frequented the 7 train in New York in a Sports Illustrated interview and once admitting to gawking at female reporters' breasts in to Deadspin.
Muammar Qaddafi for Barack Obama How tough on America's enemies does President Obama have to get before he stops racking up endorsements like Qaddafi's? The rogue ex-Libyan leader penned a letter to the president in April implicitly backing his reelection campaign all while Obama bombed him into hiding via NATO. "Despite all this you will always remain our son whatever happened," he wrote. "We still pray that you continue to be president of the U.S.A."
Dan Quayle for Mitt Romney Unfortunately the former vice president brings up one and only one word in voters's minds: "potatoe." America can agree that it wants a president who can spell, and an association with Quayle doesn't exact inspire confidence in the endorsee's intelligence. Which is probably why it's better that Quayle's nod went to Romney in 2012 instead of, say, Rick Perry, who is already known for his own word slips.
Donald Trump for Anyone The Donald hasn't endorsed anybody yet, still holding his own combover-covering hat in hand in case he wants to throw it into the ring if the GOP's pick isn't up to par. But Trump's endorsement stands to hurt a candidate more than help him or her in this election. According to a Marist poll, a 79 percent of New Hampshire voters say getting Trump's support would make them less likely or no more likely to vote for him or her. Though Newt Gingrich, one of only two to sign up for Trump primary debate, says he'd love his endorsement.
Gary Busey for Newt Gingrich Usually it's Democrats who should be afraid of a dubious endorsement from an actor or actress, to avoid the whiff of Hollywood elitism. But in 2012, it's Gingrich that Busey is backing, as we mentioned yesterday. "I've never met Newt but I know what he stands for," Busey said. Gingrich might wonder what Busey stands for given his run-ins with the law over drug possession and spousal abuses.
Tim DeChristopher for Jon Huntsman This climate change activist from Utah wrote a letter in support of Huntsman last month, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. That doesn't seem scandalous, since Huntsman's one of the few in the GOP field to come in strong support of curbing climate change. The problem? DeChristophen wrote that letter from jail. "DeChristopher — who was convicted of two felonies for making protest votes during a December 2008 federal oil and gas lease auction with no intention of paying for them — says in his letter that Huntsman showed 'integrity' as Utah’s governor," reports The Tribune. He might be upset though with the way Huntsman has walked back his position on climate change, saying last week that there's "not enough information right now" to make policies, reports The Hill.
This Drunk Guy for Ron Paul
As a police officier lowers this clearly inebriated man's head into a cop car, shown on the Colbert Report, he belts "Constitution! Read it, and live by it! ... Ron Paul 2012!" Not exactly the way Ron Paul would probably like his supporters to be portrayed but he's clearly living up his 21st Amendment right, correct?
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