You decide: Dirty Harry or Honey Boo-Boo?
Consider the source.
That’s a particularly prudent maxim for voters who haven’t made up their minds about whether we should re-elect alleged redistributionist President Barack Obama or replace him with alleged vulture capitalist Mitt Romney.
Far too many voters don’t even know who represents them in Congress, much less which White House candidate represents the best choice for America. So some of those voters follow the political leads of celebrities in making their presidential choices.
After all, our modern culture is obsessed with show-biz and sports luminaries.
Thus, a little girl’s Monday night endorsement of President Obama made big news.
She’s the title character of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a reality television show about a brassy, 7-year-old beauty-pageant contestant from McIntyre, Ga.
Sure, Obama is counting on the youth vote on Nov. 6 — though he apparently won’t dominate it as he did four years ago.
Yet while Ms. Boo Boo (no relation to Yogi Bear’s little pal Boo-Boo Bear), aka Alana Thompson, has developed a major following, she won’t be eligible to vote in a presidential election until 2024.
And she actually endorsed “Marack Obama” on ABC’s late-night “Jimmy Kimmel Live” only after blatant prompting by the host.
Kimmel stacked that deck by informing her of Romney’s stated preference, in response to a question on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” for Snooki of “Jersey Shore” fame over Honey Boo Boo.
Oh well. The president seems intent on courting not just young Americans but very young Americans. While shaking hands at the airport after landing in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday, he even cited the presence of two toddlers holding American flags, explaining: “I do great with the 2- and 3-year-old crowd.”
According to polls, however, Romney is doing better than Obama with the 65-and-over crowd.
Yes, Honey Boo Boo and other childish sorts evidently buy Obama’s unsustainable Nanny State pitches.
But Romney backer — and Republican Convention speaker — Clint “Dirty Harry” Eastwood knows that a government, just like a man, has got to know its limitations.
In the interest of being fair and balanced, here are some grown-up big names backing the president: George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Barbra Streisand, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, LeBron James, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Eva Longoria and Andrews native Chris Rock.
Romney’s also got adult star power — and not just Eastwood. His celeb supporters include:
Kid Rock (no relation to Chris), Chuck Norris, Stacey Dash, Trace Atkins, Jack Nicklaus, Kelsey Grammar, Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Jon Voight, Gene Simmons, Robert Duvall, John Elway, Hulk Hogan, Lindsey Lohan and insufferable blowhard Donald Trump.
Another star now shining on the Romney bandwagon: Ross Perot, the twangy Texan who in 1992 won 19 percent of the presidential popular vote — the highest share of any third-party candidate in the last century.
Perot said in announcing his endorsement Tuesday: “At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms.”
Gee, that sounds serious.
So is the risk of celebrity influence deciding the White House race.
Anyway, if you still haven’t made your call on the presidential and/or other important races, keep in mind that celebrities aren’t the only folks making election endorsements.
You can also turn to newspapers’ editorial pages — well, at least ours — for enlightening insights on who rates your vote.
Consider the source.
Frank Wooten is assistant editor of The Post and Courier. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.