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'Most interesting' politician?
If you haven't yet voted or quite decided which gubernatorial candidate has the right stuff, this video put out by the California Democratic Party may sway you one way or the other.
Not sure why they make no mention of Jerry Brown's much-publicized relationship with Linda Ronstadt — dating a "arena class" female rock star should qualify one as interesting, by most standards.
No doubt the people over at Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's camp also could've highlighted her credentials and experience as bullet points for the "most intersting" epithet.
If you have any suggestions about commercials that could've used either Whitman or Brown as stand-ins, share it with the rest of us in the comments section below.
Sylvester Stallone sounds off against Obama on Twitter
A bit of celebrity on this Election Day; Sylvester Stallone wrote a couple posts on Twitter encouraging everyone to vote against what he sees as an illegitimate president today.
Stallone wrote, "I voted did you? Gotta get the Manchurian Candidate out of the drivers seat before were ALL soaring off a cliff into Oblivion...Be smart. the Manchurian Candidate was a movie about fake president who was put there by foreign enemies to destroy America . Scary concept. Rise up!"
Perhaps Stallone is looking for some Tea Party keynote speaker gigs?
What do you think about Stallone's comments? Let us know in the comments.
What will the pundits say after the election? (Pundit Bingo!)
Political scientist/media critic Brendan Nyhan made this handy bingo game for you to play along as you follow the results of today's election:
Nyhan argues that there are some pretty simple reasons for the predicted Republican gains in Congress, particularly the House of Representatives. These include the large number of seats Democrats have to defend while also having a Democratic president, as well as the continued poor economy.
However, with pundits having a lot of time to fill and articles to write, they're going to be reaching for more to talk about which played much smaller roles, but which help to fill space.
NPR doesn't escape Nyhan's criticism; he talks about an NPR story where Guy Raz pointed out that presidents who lost control of Congress during their first term went on to be re-elected. However, Nyhan thinks this look at history misses the point.
Zach Galifianakis promotes Prop 19, smokes pot on HBO
On this past Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a debate on California's Proposition 19 (which would legalize recreational use of marijuana under California state law), comedian/actor Zach Galifianakis apparently decided to make his point by smoking a joint on the program. With Galifianakis's quirky comedic style, some are skeptical about whether it was the real deal, but the reaction of his fellow panelists and host Bill Maher seem to indicate it's legit. Watch the video and judge for yourself here:
Still, celebrity endorsements notwithstanding, Prop 19's chances look dim. Supporters are arguing that the polls are wrong... which is usually what the losing side says. The Field Poll has Prop 19 down by seven points, while the L.A. Times/USC poll has the yes side down 12. Can Prop 19 surprise pollsters and win at the ballot tomorrow? Be sure to check out our full election coverage Tuesday night for all the details.
James Cameron wants Prop 23 terminated
Although Proposition 19 has gotten significant attention, campaigns both in support and opposition of Proposition 23 have received almost $40 million in donations according to Maplight (compared to Ballotpedia's count of under $4 million for Proposition 19). But now your votes can be influenced by the visionary behind the most profitable movie ever released in theaters. That’s right: James Cameron recorded a public service announcement just for you and me about the dangers of Proposition 23.
He may also spend the entire minute-plus spot plugging his famous films and shoehorning their plots into an environmentally friendly message. Admittedly, Avatar fits the bill, but somehow a cyborg apocalypse can be prevented by not repealing AB 32? Cameron also takes a moment to joke with our esteemed lame duck governor. Precious.