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Big Week for Endorsements: Pawlenty, Jindal, Manilow


If you need a laugh at the end of the week, the Morning Jolt will aim to please:

He Can’t Smile Without Him

Yeah, this is one of those headlines I just don’t know what to do with.

Grammy award-winning musician Barry Manilow told The Daily Caller that he agrees with “just about everything” 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul says, calling him a “solid” contender for the highest office in the land.

“I like him. I like what he says, I do. I like what he says. I think he’s solid,” said Manilow, who confirmed to TheDC in an interview at the Capitol on Thursday that he contributed to Paul’s last campaign for president.

Jon Bershad of Mediaite reacts, “While the words read like a full endorsement, there seemed to be something about Manilow’s delivery that was almost coy. Of course, it could also just be that that’s the only expression his face can make at this point. I kid! I kid! Really though, I think I’m just super bummed Manilow isn’t supporting Ron Paul’s son, thus ruining the opportunity for some perfect ‘Mandy’/'Randy’ jokes.”

Brandon Lancaster is underwhelmed: “Pawlenty endorses Romney, Jindal endorses Perry. Who does Ron Paul get? Barry Manilow.”

Andrew Carden wonders about the still-undecided crooners: “Now that Barry Manilow has endorsed Ron Paul, what’s next? Neil Sedaka for Bachmann? Tom Jones for Roemer? Englebert Humperdinck for Cain?”

ADDENDA: James Taranto sets out to help out AttackWatch, refuting a Washington Post headline: “ATTACK: ‘Democrats turn on Obama.’ THE FACTS: He only has eyes for Michelle.”

Tags: Ron Paul , Something Lighter


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