*Snoop Dogg appears to be joining Kelly Clarkson as a celebrity endorser of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.
But while the “American Idol” singer prefers Paul’s hands-off approach to all things government, for Snoop, it’s all about the weed.
The rapper and marijuana lover appeared to grant his endorsement to Paul on his Facebook page late Monday, posting a picture of Paul with the headline “Smoke Weed Everyday.” Snoop Dogg — born Calvin Broadus — included the message “Because I said so” with his post. [See pic above.]
Snoop Dogg poses for a photo backstage at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Jan. 13, 2012 in Los Angeles
Snoop — whose most recent marijuana-related arrest occurred earlier this month, at the Texas border town of Sierra Blanca — is presumably drawn to Paul due to the libertarian candidate’s stance on drugs. Paul was a co-sponsor of the States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act, and supports the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008.
It’s unclear whether Snoop was aware of Paul’s reported history of signing his name to racially-charged newsletters in the 1990s. Late last year, Kelly Clarkson caught criticism after singing Paul’s praises.
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last Republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” Clarkson said in a tweet. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
*Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul – who’s on the ballot in today’s New Hamshire primary – did not only produce racist newsletters, but he voted against marking Martin Luther King Day as a holiday, according to The Root. *
Paul, who this weekend said that King was his hero, may have just done that to help the recovery from his racist newsletters scandal.
While many of his supporters link to a file claiming he did vote for the day, a few, newly discovered facts say otherwise:
But this actually isn’t the bill for the holiday. The text doesn’t even claim that. More importantly, the date is wrong. This vote was taken on December 5, 1979. The vote for the King holiday was actually taken on November 13, 1979:
The bill was called up in the House on Tuesday, November 13, 1979 … When the final vote was taken, 252 Members voted for the bill and 133 against — five votes short of the two-thirds needed for passage.
I’m sorry to report that one of those Nay votes, as you can see here, was cast by one Ronald Paul. I’m sorry to further report that Paul again voted no on the 1983 bill that passed.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during the ABC News GOP Presidential debate on the campus of Drake University on Dec. 10, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa
*How remarkably terrible is this group of Republican candidates that Ron Paul actually has a decent shot at taking the Republican caucus in Iowa?
Paul might be – for better or for worse – quite an interesting guy, without the political flip-floppiness of the other candidates, but he’s got more skeletons in his closet than a Halloween store in the off-season. The newsletters detailed in this awkward video are only a little part of the problem. Just take a look at this handy Ron Paul 101 with his rather remarkable statements.
Yet, in spite of all that, he’s actually got a good shot at winning the all-important Iowa caucuses, which would give him an early leg up on the Republican nomination. That should show you just how little Gingrich, Romney et al. have connected with the Republican base. Combined with the signs of an Obama comeback and the GOP has every reason to be nervous as the primary season kicks off.
Here’s one more thing to watch out for: with this group of uninspiring candidates, there’s a good chance that we’ll see someone else jump into the fray late, and swoop up all of the voters disgusted with their choices. Who could this person be? Well, guess who’s made some noise about running recently. Yeah, we could all see a return of the old moose burger eatin’, snow machine ridin’ former governor of Alaska. Just when you thought she’d be constrained to HBO.