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Ron Howard For Obama:
Although not particularly funny (like the Mac-PC commercials) or substantive (like the Mac-PC commercials) this celebrity endorsement is sort of amazing.

bski:
Since this wasn't funny, the website that hosts the video isn't giving me a lot of options.
10.23.2008 6:44pm
Steve:
He's going to get in big trouble if he votes in both North Carolina and Wisconsin.
10.23.2008 6:45pm
Anderson (mail):
Jeez, who next for Obama? Tom Hanks?
10.23.2008 6:49pm
Anderson (mail):
Oh, duh.

The incarnation of middle America itself!
10.23.2008 6:52pm
Milhouse (www):
It would be a bit more impressive if he named which Republicans he's ever voted for. So we know it wasn't some RINO candidate for city council or something.
10.23.2008 6:57pm
Michael B (mail):
Penetrating.

His "compelling arguments" remind one of Donald Trump's, Eric Estrada's, Sylvester Stallone's endorsement of John McCain. Perhaps with the exception of Donald Trump though, since Trump does reflect some business and economic acumen.
10.23.2008 7:08pm
Opher Banarie (mail) (www):
I wonder who Opey voted for to be Sheriff of Mayberry.
10.23.2008 7:17pm
Houston Lawyer:
Andy's wording reminds me of the "clinging to guns and religion" bit that Obama threw out earlier. We all just need to let go and embrace the inevitable. Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.
10.23.2008 7:19pm
Rob F. (mail):
That video was a better celebrity endorsement than most others I've seen.

But I definitely didn't need to see Ron Howard without a shirt, or getting his nosehairs trimmed.
10.23.2008 7:30pm
Michael B (mail):
OT, but there was a Calif. appeals court ruling against San Francisco today, a sanctuary case. h/t yid w/lid
10.23.2008 7:34pm
OrinKerr:
That was tremendously well done, I thought.
10.23.2008 7:42pm
hmm.....:
Forgive me if I am unmoved by liberal Democrats endorsing the Democratic nominee.
10.23.2008 7:48pm
Brett:
Does anybody seriously care what Dobie Gillis has to say about politics?
10.23.2008 7:57pm
MarkField (mail):

Does anybody seriously care what Dobie Gillis has to say about politics?


Is this a Dadaist segue, or am I missing something? Dobie Gillis is (a) dead, and (b) not Ron Howard.
10.23.2008 8:01pm
gab:
"Forgive me if I am unmoved by liberal Democrats endorsing the Democratic nominee."

Who would it take? Buckley, Powell, Adelman?

Or by definition, if they endorse Obama they must be liberals?
10.23.2008 8:12pm
byomtov (mail):
Who would it take? Buckley, Powell, Adelman?

Scott McLellan? Another long-time socialist?
10.23.2008 8:18pm
David Larsomn (mail):
gab: not necessarily liberals. They could just be idiots.
10.23.2008 8:22pm
KeithK (mail):

"Forgive me if I am unmoved by liberal Democrats endorsing the Democratic nominee."

Who would it take? Buckley, Powell, Adelman?


If William F. Buckley stood up and endorsed Obama this week I might be moved...
10.23.2008 8:22pm
A Law Dawg:
That was tremendously well done, I thought.


Very good on the technical execution. Not remotely persuasive on the message (and I say this as a Republican Obama voter).
10.23.2008 8:26pm
Michael B (mail):
Perhaps Howard and other celebs might promote a video against stuff like this, where a McCain supporter was attacked - and maimed with a knife - due to the fact that she was a McCain supporter. Given the grievous rhetoric on evidence this election cycle and the potential incitements reflected in that rhetoric, it would seem some celebrity persuasion in this area could in fact be helpful.

And let us hope Anne Pressly's more extreme attack is not also related to something like this. This is cautionary only in this latter case; to this point there is no evidence in support of that idea excepting for the purely circumstantial evidence that she briefly appeared in Oliver Stone's "W." as an enthusiastic reporter, favoring President Bush.
10.23.2008 8:28pm
rjs (mail):
This from the creator of opienomics as seen in A Beautiful Mind.
10.23.2008 8:30pm
gab:
"...not necessarily liberals. They could just be idiots."

Of coursw, they disagree with you - they must be idiots.
10.23.2008 8:30pm
EH (mail):
Anybody seen Ron Silver lately?
10.23.2008 8:34pm
anonynous:
Mark Field FactCheck: Dwayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis) is very much alive.
10.23.2008 8:49pm
Russ (mail):
A celebrity endorses Obama! Wow, I'll just have to change my vote now.
10.23.2008 9:07pm
Smokey:
Opie endorses Urkel.
10.23.2008 9:08pm
Helene Edwards (mail):
I wonder if Ron realizes that despite his endorsement of Obama, black men will continue to use "Opie" as their catchword for physical frailty, which in turn is the basis for the contempt in which they hold whites.
10.23.2008 9:15pm
Michael B (mail):
To be fair, this caution should balance my earlier concern.
10.23.2008 9:24pm
hattio1:
Michael B posted a link to a scant and frankly, hard to believe story. And he gets it wrong. He says that she was attacked because she was a McCain supporter, but the story makes it clear that she was attacked and robbed. Then the guy saw a McCain sticker on her car, then he decided to carve a B into her face. And then, and here's where it gets unbelievable, she refuses treatment. Really? She refuses treatment? Does she want a B carved into her face for the rest of her life in scars? I'm calling bullshit.
10.23.2008 9:26pm
Dave N (mail):
Mark Field FactCheck: Dwayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis) is very much alive.
That is true. However, the most famous cast member from that show, Bob Denver (who played Maynard B. Krebs) is very much dead.
10.23.2008 9:31pm
hattio1:
Good to see you post to Malkin Michael B. The fact that this happened at a ATM, but just happened to be out of view of the cameras, and that the B is backward (as if someone carved it into their own face using a mirror) also raises suspicions.
10.23.2008 9:32pm
Loophole1998 (mail):
The point of the ad is not to make a persuasive argument on policy. The point is to show regular folks that they don't need to be scared of Barack Obama because Opie, Andy and the Fonz are all on board.
10.23.2008 9:56pm
Mahan Atma (mail):
Well at first, the ad convinced me that I should vote for Obama. However, when I saw the article about the attack on the girl, I realized I should vote for McCain.

Because, you know, the girl was attacked. So clearly, McCain would be a better president.
10.23.2008 10:28pm
BlackX (mail):

...sometimes change scares them....


Yeah, the change to having a simultaneous Democrat Congress and executive branch does scare me. An extremely liberal Dem candidate, an economic crises, and particularly if the Senate becomes fillibuster-proof, we're likely f***ed for generations. The fear of that "change" would lead me to vote GOP for the first time in my life if I was in a state where it mattered.

Gnu, help us all.
10.23.2008 10:29pm
Nunzio:
Anyone think wealthy Hollywood actors and directors aren't going to be able to avoid paying most of Obama's tax increases?

I want celebrity endorsers to start disclosing their tax returns, too. These guys never have any skin in the game. Obama's election will not hurt their pocketbooks one bit.
10.23.2008 10:32pm
Mark Rockwell (mail):
It seems unlikely that an increase in taxes on the top 5% of earners would affect someone like Ron Howard. For one thing, he's poor. For another, all of his income, like from selling movies and stuff, is really probably mostly capital gains.

So Howard will probably avoid all the new taxes. Unlike the CEO of Exxon. Poor guy.
10.23.2008 11:07pm
David Warner:
MarkField,

"Is this a Dadaist segue, or am I missing something? Dobie Gillis is (a) dead"

Obama is from Chicago.


The video is small-town progressive boilerplate, complete with the reassurances for the poor dears who are afraid of "change". Go to any mainline Protestant church across the country and you'll hear it preached every week.
10.23.2008 11:34pm
EPluribusMoney (mail):
I'm still convinced McCain is going to have a clear victory. The 11% "undecideds" surely won't pull for a Hussein for president.

But if BHO really pulls this off, then after Iran nukes Israel, Russia invades The Ukraine and China takes over Taiwan, while Barry says we need to talk, the Democrats will be out of power for a generation!
10.23.2008 11:43pm
MarkField (mail):

However, the most famous cast member from that show, Bob Denver (who played Maynard B. Krebs) is very much dead.


Oops, yeah, I was thinking of Bob Denver.


Obama is from Chicago.


Then maybe William F. Buckley will vote for him too.
10.23.2008 11:43pm
Francis Marion (mail):
Heil Obama! Ein Land, Ein Volk, Ein Obama!
10.23.2008 11:47pm
Mahan Atma (mail):
"The 11% "undecideds" surely won't pull for a Hussein for president."


Then why are they still undecided?

And isn't it more like 5-6% undecided?
10.23.2008 11:49pm
Hoosier:
I liked the beginning best, since I had been wondering what became of Arafat's beard once he passed on.

But Ron Howard doesn't sway me. First, because I'm afraid of change. Second, because I'm waiting to hear who Ron Jeremy is endorsing.
10.24.2008 12:25am
Hoosier:
By the way: "So does Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler"?

Have they merged?
10.24.2008 12:26am
gerbilsbite:
Simple rule: if you're a 72 year-old Presidential nominee, and MATLOCK ENDORSES THE OTHER GUY, it's time to pack it in.
10.24.2008 12:46am
nicestrategy (mail):
wingnuts take flight!

if the Senate becomes fillibuster-proof, we're likely f***ed for generations


Heil Obama! Ein Land, Ein Volk, Ein Obama!


The 11% "undecideds" surely won't pull for a Hussein for president.

You really have no idea what is about to happen. Try not to have a complete mental collapse on the night of November 4th. The low turnout era is over and with it the Reagan coalition. The know-nothing wing of the GOP just pushed it off a cliff. Can you imagine this race with Tom Ridge on the ticket and Mike Murphy playing to the center? You couldn't stand the thought of losing that much influence, so now you'll get it twice as bad. It's what you deserve with Palin and a campaign of non-stop political flailing: a loss becomes a blowout.

Good riddance. Maybe the first quote was just hyperbole, but those last 2 comments were made by filthy bigots, filled with irrational rage. Pre-defeat derangement syndrome. Ugly, ugly stuff.
10.24.2008 12:57am
Loren Collins (www):
Forgive me if I am unmoved by liberal Democrats endorsing the Democratic nominee.


According to writer Mark Evanier, he's "actually talked politics with two of the three men in this video and I would have bet on Cindy McCain endorsing Barack Obama before I'd have put money on these guys."

So labeling them all "liberal Democrats" may be overstating things a bit.
10.24.2008 1:02am
Blue:
Looks like Mark Evanier has a little problem with telling the truth, then.

Ron Howard's campaign donations:
1/30/02 $5,000 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)
8/6/07 $1,200 Directors Guild of America
4/26/01 $1,000 Schumer, Charles E (D)
2/29/00 $1,000 Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D)

Andy Griffith's campaign donations:
6/4/04 $1,000 Kerry, John (D)
11/30/95 $500 Sanders, Charles A (D)

Henry Winkler's campaign donations:
1/14/93 $2,000 Emily's List
6/13/94 $1,000 Foley, Thomas S (D)
9/27/95 $1,000 Clinton, Bill (D)
12/29/95 $1,000 Berman, Howard L (D)
3/31/98 $1,000 Boxer, Barbara (D)
11/22/93 $1,000 Kennedy, Edward M (D)
4/25/94 $1,000 Harman, Jane (D)
$1,000 Clark, Wesley (D)
3/31/04 $1,000 Kerry, John (D)
$1,000 Foley, Thomas S (D)
4/29/94 $1,000 Braun, Carol Moseley (D)
4/29/94 $1,000 Braun, Carol Moseley (D)
11/13/97 $1,000 Berman, Howard L (D)
9/2/98 $1,000 Boxer, Barbara (D)
7/31/98 $500 Leahy, Patrick J (D)
2/19/94 $250 Women for:
3/9/98 $250 Miller, George (D)
7/22/93 $250 Women for:
11/5/07 $250 Emanuel, Rahm (D)
10/18/04 $-1,000 Kerry, John (D)
3/29/04 $2,000 Kerry, John (D)
10.24.2008 1:15am
skyywise (mail):

Simple rule: if you're a 72 year-old Presidential nominee, and MATLOCK ENDORSES THE OTHER GUY, it's time to pack it in


Best summary about the election I've heard all month.
10.24.2008 1:18am
David Warner:
MarkField,

"Then maybe William F. Buckley will vote for him too."

He likely would have had he lived. The Wasilla phone book can't hold a candle to Boston's.
10.24.2008 1:39am
David Warner:
Blue,

Link? Or can we trust that you left nothing inconvenient out?
10.24.2008 1:40am
Blue:
Go to Open Secrets and search for youself if you don't believe me. That's the full and complete listing for Henry Winkler and Ron Howard in CA and Andy Griffith in CA and NC.
10.24.2008 1:47am
Blue:
As an aside, Open Secrets is a great source to find media-branded "Republicans" who are actually Democrats.
10.24.2008 1:48am
Kazinski:
I enjoyed that. But I'm still voting for Palin and what's his name.

And if the Democrats get a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, the Republicans will get back into power that much sooner. Last time the Democrats had both houses and the presidency at the same time, they had an absolute electoral disaster the next election.
10.24.2008 3:05am
24AheadDotCom (mail) (www):
Before I make my choice I'm waiting for the key Buddy Ebsen endorsement.
10.24.2008 3:14am
CB55 (mail):
Buddy Ebsen is not able to come to the telephone per your request. He's food for worms.
10.24.2008 4:15am
Public_Defender (mail):

If William F. Buckley stood up and endorsed Obama this week I might be moved...

Proof that Obama cannot raise the dead.
10.24.2008 7:28am
concerned repub (mail):
Proof that Obama cannot raise the dead.

He can. He's just waiting until after the election. Once he has taken power, than his divine metaphysical forces can be unleashed.
Then all will know Him, from the least to the greatest.
10.24.2008 8:04am
jukeboxgrad (mail):
I'm still convinced McCain is going to have a clear victory.


Then hurry over to Intrade and make some money. McCain is dropping like a rock. He's under 15. Hasn't been that cheap since January.
10.24.2008 9:29am
jukeboxgrad (mail):
Once he has taken power, than his divine metaphysical forces can be unleashed. Then all will know Him, from the least to the greatest.


There you go again, living in the past. It's time for you to realize that it's not 2000. Although it's easy to understand why you're nostalgic for the time when Dubya was saying things like this:

I feel like God wants me to run for President. I can't explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen... I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.


Maybe things would have worked out better for Dubya if we had done a better job of teaching our kids to worship him. Or if we had erected more Mao-style billboards. Or written more books describing him as "The Messiah: The Chosen One."
10.24.2008 9:44am
SeaDrive:

That was tremendously well done, I thought.


Once upon a time, I was on the board of a small foundation that gave money to local charities. Usually we would get a written proposal about 3 pages long written by no one special. Once we got a videotape made by Ron Howard. It does give a sense of how good these guys are when you compare side by side.

You still have to decide on the merits.
10.24.2008 9:45am
MarkField (mail):

Proof that Obama cannot raise the dead.


He doesn't need to -- ACORN just registers 'em.
10.24.2008 11:56am
Smallholder (mail) (www):
Epluribus Monkey Wrote:


But if BHO really pulls this off, then after Iran nukes Israel, Russia invades The Ukraine and China takes over Taiwan, while Barry says we need to talk, the Democrats will be out of power for a generation!



Um, did you really just hope for genocide, war, and communist oppression because it will revive the Republican party? I must be misreading that.

Gerbilsbite wrote:


Simple rule: if you're a 72 year-old Presidential nominee, and MATLOCK ENDORSES THE OTHER GUY, it's time to pack it in.



You win the thread (though the undead William F. Buckley endorsement was funny too.
10.24.2008 12:17pm
Kent Scheidegger (mail) (www):
"Does anybody seriously care what Dobie Gillis has to say about politics?"

No. Zelda, on the other hand, is a California State Senator.
10.24.2008 12:24pm
jukeboxgrad (mail):
Um, did you really just hope for genocide, war, and communist oppression because it will revive the Republican party?


You have to realize that these are the same folks who exactly a year before 9/11 talked about the good that might come from "a new Pearl Harbor" (pdf).
10.24.2008 12:34pm
nicestrategy (mail):

And if the Democrats get a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, the Republicans will get back into power that much sooner. Last time the Democrats had both houses and the presidency at the same time, they had an absolute electoral disaster the next election.


True, that. The first midterm election of a Presidency is usually bad for the incumbent party. See: 1982, 1994 (and most others). That 2002 was not bad for the GOP gave some people the idea that we were in the midst of a gradual realignment just about to be cemented in the Republican's favor. Now, it looks like an obvious 9/11 outlier that caused the GOP to vastly overreach.

Given this history, I suspect the Congress will pass a blizzard of legislation next year that will have conservatives howling in pain, and yes, 2010 is unlikely to find a 3rd cycle of Democratic gains.

If Obama has a successful Presidency, what will conservatives do? The cognitive dissonance could be overwhelming.
10.24.2008 2:16pm
K-ZOOMI (mail):
If elections were really run by "Celebrity Endorsements", then Al Gore would've been President on 9/11.
10.24.2008 2:55pm
Dave N (mail):
If Obama has a successful Presidency, what will conservatives do? The cognitive dissonance could be overwhelming.
Probably win in 2016.

Even a successful two terms will make the out-of-power party look refreshing and like agents of change.

Since 1952 (so the last 56 years), the only time the same political party has held the White House for more than eight consecutive years was 1981-1993, under Presidents Reagan and Bush41.

That doesn't mean the incumbent party hasn't come close to winning--Nixon (1960), Humphrey, Ford, and Gore all lost narrowly (and Gore, of course, captured more actual vote) (and an interesting aside is that the incumbent administration lost all of those times, since Nixon, Humphrey, and Gore were the incumbent Vice Presidents, and Ford was the incumbent President).

My guess is that if the election turns out as it appears likely to turn out--with Obama elected President, with 56 or 57 Democratic Senators, and 240-250 Democrats in the House--the Democrats will overreach like they did in 1993-1995 and "lose" the 2004 midterms.

The unpopularity of Congress will not change if Obama is elected President and in the 2010 midterms, Republicans will be favored (which is good news to the class of Republican Senators who took office, along with Barack Obama, in 2005).

As for 2012--too early to tell and anyone who thinks that they can predict Presidential politics a full cycle out is a fool.
10.24.2008 2:56pm
Dave N (mail):
I noted that there might appear to be dissonance between my first and last paragraphs in the previous post.

I should note that historically, incumbent Presidents are re-elected. In the entire 20th century, only 4 elected incumbent elected Presidents lost (Taft, Hoover, Carter, and Bush41).

However, two of these defeated incumbent Presidents have lost in the last 28 years (it should also be noted that Clinton did not get 50% in 1996 and Bush43 was only narrowly re-elected in 2004).

Thus, assuming Obama is elected this year, Obama would be favored in 2012--but he certainly would not have a lock on re-election.

So I will amend the last paragraph in my the previous post to read:

As for 2012--it is too early to tell how a President Obama will do in office and anyone who thinks that they can predict who will win in 2012 solely on the basis of this year's race is a fool.
10.24.2008 3:11pm
anon23:
According to Police, the McCain supporter referenced by Michael B. has now admitted she made up her story of being attacked and disfigured because of a McCain/Palin bumper sticker:

http://kdka.com/local/attack.McCain.Bloomfield.2.847628.html

Officials believe the wound was self-inflicted. She is facing charges for filing a false police report.
10.24.2008 3:51pm
DiverDan (mail):
Dear Opie/Richie/Ron:

Thanks for your little chat, but please be assured that I'm not some xenophobe who will vote for McCain simply because I'm afraid of change. Nor, however, am I some xenophile that will be swayed by the Obama mantra of "Hope and Change", unencumbered by any substance at all. And I do agree that it is time for a change - I am no fan of George W., and I agree that he has screwed up more than his fair share, although Dems like Obama, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Charles Shumer need to take a big heaping dose of blame for the current economic mess by their stifling Bush's attempts to beef up the regulation of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae not once, but twice, in 2003 and 2005. Yes, we might still have had a credit crisis, but it would have been a lot smaller and easier to contain if Freddie and Fannie weren't out there buying subprime mortgages and selling bad securities with an implicit government guaranty.

But when I want change, I don't accept just any old change, regardless of how pretty the package is - I read the label, and I think that the change promised by Mr. Obama is not what is needed to get this country back to where it belongs. His tax policies are confiscatory on those who actually produce real jobs (as opposed to more overpaid and underworked bureaucrats working on all of the new government programs Obama has promised you), and his redistributionist tendencies are just offensive. I find it ironic that, when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen A. Douglas on the issue of slavery, his strongest argument was that a man's labor ought to belong to himself and no one else; now we have an African American candidate for President who wants to take more and more of the proceeds of the labor of the hardest working Americans so that he can hand it out to others (all while the Government skims its share off the top).

Further, Obama's view of the role of the judiciary -- he wants judges who will "just be fair" -- is just abominable for a graduate of a major law school, and I believe that he knows better, but is willfully lying to take advantage of the ignorant masses. There is just too much at stake for me to trust Obama with the right to appoint judges, and Supreme Court Justices, for the next four years.

Finally, his inexperience and naivete on issues of foreign policy are just unacceptable. He has the same view as so many Democrats that negotiation is the panacea for every problem, but they all want to negotiate from weakness. Perhaps they forget that after decades of living under the fear of the Soviet threat it was finally Ronald Reagan who won the cold war - he knew that the socialist economic system was vastly inferior to free-market capitalism (a lesson I'm not entirely sure that Obama has learned, despite overwhelming historical evidence), and that all that was required to push the Soviets over the edge and into the abyss was to engage them in an arms race they could not afford to win.

So yes, Opie/Richie/Ron, I will vote with my head, which, after long and sincere thought, tells me that electing Obama would be one of the biggest mistakes this Country ever made. I have no ill feelings that you've expressed your views, that is your right as an American, and I'll continue to go see your films, as I really like many of them. But I will not be swayed by some emotional pitch by an ex-child actor, even if he is a very good film director; you simply have no relevant expertise to sway my political decisions.

Once again, thanks for the chat.
10.24.2008 5:59pm
Baseballhead (mail):
Ron Howard For Obam
Him?

(C'mon, Arrested Development people. How did that one get away?)
10.24.2008 6:21pm
Michael B (mail):
hattio1, that's why I immediately posted the caution. I had initially read a news article which in turn quoted confirming police sources. After reading further still, I posted the cautionary note.

On the other hand, there is this. There is also the fact police are preparing for riots should The One not be elected.
10.24.2008 6:28pm