I’ve all the time been suspicious of political endorsements. The newspapers are full of letters from other folks endorsing one candidate or any other, typically Democrats endorsing Democrats and Republicans endorsing Republicans, hardly ever stunning. From time to time other folks endorse one candidate via trashing their opponent. I don’t know if this works or now not; actually, I’ve a concept that the extra letters which are for a candidate or place, the least most probably it’s that they’re going to win. That is in response to the KDT (Kollinger Dislike Principle), which is that whilst you would possibly just like the candidate, the percentages are (the extra which are written in) that you’re going to now not like one among their endorsees.
Famous person endorsements all the time make information, even supposing I’m now not positive precisely why. A film or rock celebrity who would possibly or would possibly not have completed highschool and makes their dwelling both impersonating others or rhyming phrases doesn’t appear to have so much in not unusual with me, nor do they appear politically astute. However let’s take a look at a few of this 12 months’s endorsements via celebrities and spot how they did.
Oprah Winfrey went to Georgia to endorse Stacey Abrams for governor. She spoke at occasions for her and knocked on doorways. Abrams misplaced.
John Legend, the singer, mentioned of Abrams, “She’s a terrific girl, a terrific chief, and a terrific flesh presser.” However it sounds as if now not sufficient to win.
Amy Schumer, the comedienne, took a extra nationwide view and supported Abrams in Georgia (misplaced), Gillum in Florida (misplaced), Bredesen in Tennesee (misplaced) and Gillibrand in New York (gained). A profitable share of 25 %, now not even just right sufficient to regulate the Orioles.
Which used to be the similar share as T.I. (I don’t know who that is, however it sounds as if he’s a celeb.) T.I. counseled Abrams (misplaced), Gillum (misplaced), Jealous (misplaced) and Ayana Pressley in Maine, who gained.
Taylor Swift did slightly higher. She counseled Bredesen and Cooper in Tennessee. Bredesen misplaced, however Cooper gained, giving the singer a 50 % profitable share.
Which used to be higher than comic Dave Chappelle, who counseled Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland, going as far as to knock on doorways to persuade citizens to move along with his man. It didn’t paintings as Jealous were given hammered via incumbent Larry Hogan.
Meek Mill used to be one for one when he counseled Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania. He favored Wolf’s place on jail reform, which Meek Mill is it sounds as if acquainted. I don’t know who Meek Mill is.
Cher used to be 0 for one when she counseled Local American Paulette Jordan for governor of Idaho.
Andrew Gillum misplaced in his bid to be the primary African-American governor of Florida. This in spite of being counseled via Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Diddy, T.I. and Amy Schumer.
In Texas, Beto O’Rourke, who used to be a favourite of the nationwide media and who raised $ 40 million, misplaced in his Senate race to Ted Cruz. Beto were counseled via LeBron James. Unbelievably, Beto misplaced after being counseled via Willie Nelson. In Texas.
Unusually, corporations rent those similar other folks to assist them promote their merchandise.
In the community, Wayne Gilchrest counseled Jesse Colvin, making sure his crushing defeat by the hands of Andy Harris. Wayne has develop into the Typhoid Mary of political endorsements.
I wait till after the elections to endorse applicants, and to allow them to know I’ve all the time been there for them.