Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, up for re-election this November, was asked by a local radio station whether or not he supported deporting Justin Bieber. "Um, as a dad?," he replied, "Is there some place I can sign?" We're calling the race for Warner right now.
It was FM 99 that had the foresight to ask the politically loaded question (which you can hear at right). Warner, who has three daughters, didn't miss a beat.
Which is to be expected. The station was referring to this petition at the White House website, which sailed past the 100,000 signatures needed by February 22 in order to demand an official response form the administration. It was launched on January 23 and, as of writing, has more than 245,000 signatures. I mean, 145,000 of those signatures don't even matter! It's just people signing on to express their annoyance. By the way, the petition is tagged: "Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement," "Human Rights," and "Women's Issues."
A Huffington Post/YouGov poll found that Bieber is deeply unpopular with most Americans who are not the teenaged daughters of someone. Fifty-six percent of respondents have a "very unfavorable" opinion of the "singer," and 52 percent — more than half! — think he deserves to be deported following his Miami arrest at the end of last month. This is why our legal system isn't subject to popular opinion, by the way.