June 12th, 2008
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Nicholson the kiss of death for prez candidates?

(CNN) - Is famed actor Jack Nicholson's support a kiss of death for Democratic presidential hopefuls?

According to The Washington Post, the Hollywood star picks presidential candidates who have repeatedly gone down in defeat.

Consider his track record this year: The newspaper reports Nicholson made his first foray into the 2008 presidential race by writing a $500 check to Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich's campaign on January 10, two weeks before he ended his presidential bid

Nicholson later wrote checks to help both Delaware Sen. Joe Biden and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd pay off their campaign debts – both candidates ended their bids in early January.

In late February, Nicholson donated the maximum $2,300 to Hillary Clinton's White House bid. She went on to win the Ohio and Texas primaries days later, though her presidential hopes ultimately came up short.

According to the Post, Nicholson had yet to give to Barack Obama through the end of April.

Nicholson has a history of showing reluctance to the Democratic party's eventual nominee. In 2000, he backed former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley over Al Gore, and in 2004 he didn't support a candidate at all until Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry had already wrapped up the nomination.


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  1. EZV,ARIZONA

    Mr Nicholson in this case needs to write a fat check for Sen . McCain

    June 12, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Joe Regis

    SENATOR OBAMA HAS GOOD INTENTION

    HE WILL USE THE FUND TO MOVE WASHINGTON

    IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

    IT IS THE CANDITATE INTENTION THAT COUNTS THIS TIME.

    GIVE THE MONEY ANYWAY! IT WILL GO TO GOOD DEED!!!!!

    OBAMA 08 &12

    June 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. go away mongers-ventura ca

    That's ok Jack! You'll find your way to the OBAMA side! At least you're a LAKERS fan!

    June 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. carla

    As Jack Nicholson once said " They'll talk to ya and talk to ya and talk to ya about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, its gonna scare 'em "

    June 12, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. nothing but the facts

    PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING TO OBAMA....YOU ARE NOTHING
    MORE THAN

    ""BAD LUCK PERSON""

    WE DO NOT NEED ANYBODY LIKE A CRAZY DRUNK PERSON LIKE YOU IN THIS PARTY....THANKS ANYWAY...KEEP YOUR MONEY, PLEASE!

    June 12, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Super D..

    The "D" must stand for DUMMY...

    June 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. carla

    Best Jack Nicholson quote ever!! ' The biggest misconception about me is that I'm angry and violent. But I'm a real sweetie '

    June 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Raymond Duke

    Save his money. The democrats have lost this election themselves.

    June 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. dubbej

    who needs him?

    June 12, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Franky

    I hope he gives the kiss of death to the Lakers today! LOL!!!!

    June 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. McCain 08

    Go ahead make my day and donate to Obama!

    June 12, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Crush Rush

    Jack is smart,he picked the men who were most qualified.The media picked the men and 1 woman they felt could make them the most money.

    June 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    If you're really unhappy with the likes of Obam and McCain–and you are really tired of celebrities deciding who is best to lead our nation–then put your money with your ideals are.

    Join the Libertarian Party and donate to Bob Barr-1008 for President. The only true reversal of two corrupt and dysfunctional Presidential Administrations!!!

    Let's put the interests of Americans "first place" in line...before we spend tax dollars for anyone else!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. IAMWMD

    If the Dems spent trillions on US citizens each year Obama is president, they still wouldn't be able to catch up with the Bush Administration's waste of money on tax dollar gifts to the wealthy, big business and his buddies at the Oil companies.

    President Obama will cut all these gifts off and give the money to everyday citizens that deserve them

    June 12, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Franky

    "If the Dems spent trillions on US citizens each year Obama is president, they still wouldn't be able to catch up with the Bush Administration's waste of money on tax dollar gifts to the wealthy, big business and his buddies at the Oil companies.

    President Obama will cut all these gifts off and give the money to everyday citizens that deserve them"

    ????? O.K........where has this person been the last 5+ years??? Yeah, we know how that went...LOL!!!

    June 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Nicholson should save his money: Obama isn't worth a cent, much more a check... I see another McGovern election in November!

    June 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. oldoregon

    And why should we care WHO Jack Nicholson backs? Has he demonstrated some insight into politics or statescraft?

    I mean the guy lives and breaths the LAKERS for God's sake. How clever can he be?

    June 12, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. BITTER about the gas prices - Simply_kris, NE

    John McShame is a shame to all old people.I have grand parents and i love and respect them a lot.But this guy belongs to a different league all together.Is the GOP so dumb?Why did you even consider him as a nominee?
    Pathetic GOP, pathetic !

    GObama ! Go Democrats !
    2008 – infinity !

    June 12, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. carla

    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it Incorrectly and applying ALL the wrong remedies. Don't believe me? Ask GW Bush or Groucho Marx?

    June 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. martin

    c'mon ,jack,throw obama some money!he's a sure winner,this time,and you may feel you're getting something for it ,in the end ,that really matters.i'm an unedumacated white boy from arkansas,and i sent him a $100.a man of your means can at least match that.go to barackobama.com,and quit wasting money on folks who lose.

    June 12, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Enlightened Voter -

    Super D – I'll take what you said, it's alot better than what we have now. BTW we know you're a repub paid blogger

    June 12, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    (Sigh)....... this sick-sinclair garbage......

    i have a question for those Obama haters hanging their hats on this most disgusting of smears.... (i mean this is THE ABYSS of all-time lows) but we expected this as the desperation mounts, right?

    if this had ANY merit WHAT SO EVER....

    WHY HASN'T "FOX NEWS" JUMPED ALL OVER THIS....?

    the sensationalism by itslef would have every news outlet camping at this guy's house. (i.e. with real verifiable cases such as Ted Haggard and Larry Craig)... the media would be all over this.. there is a reason they won't touch it with a 10 foot pole.

    June 12, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. JK

    How does this help? Take your money Jack and dont come back.

    June 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I can't believe the total lack of objective reasoning among the Obama suporters.

    Is it really necessary to recreate all of the mistakes of the 20th century to satisfy you idiots?

    If someone wants to kill you despite political efforts to change their minds–you don't just close your eyes and hope they will go away. Your wives, and children would expect better. You would exert every resource at your disposable to remove the threat to your family.

    Well you embeciles-Al Qaida is just such a threat. And I have to say the majority of American males are definitely show their lack of testrosterone by supporting the Obama regime.

    June 12, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. ObamaIsAlrightWithMe

    PLEASE, stay away Jack! Obama has enough to deal with.

    June 12, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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