June 12th, 2008
10:48 AM ET
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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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    Go Jack

    Go Lakers

    June 12, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. voter from CT

    To Lisa, she says 30 bucks is a lot to some people, yeah that's smart Lisa, lets put hard working construction workers who are trying to make ends meat for their family out of a job this summer so you can save 30 dollars, way to go!

    June 12, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Nancy McKinney




    June 12, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Chris from San Antonio

    This is news. No really. This is much more relevant than, say, the findings by the Senate that the White House straight out LIED to us to get the U.S. into Iraq.

    This is the kind of news we need. Not that truth stuff.

    June 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. DJ, Los Angeles

    Who cares what Hollywood says about the candidates. First we here about Johanna writing the Obama campaign and having a crush on him...now Jack Nicholson? Does this really matter?

    June 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. P, CA

    All you people trying to bring up Larry Sinclair are (yet again) misguided. So basically, if I say that McCain, Hillary, and i were getting crazy in Flagstaff hotel room a few years back, my words will instill enough doubt to make you blog-arrhea all over the place?

    When someone makes a CLAIM, they have to back it up, and Larry Sinclair can't. Period. Take it from someone who works in state service, there are ALWAYS baseless accusations being made against famous people, and just becuase someone knows how to get the word out doesn't mean they're full of it.

    Read this article: h**p://deathby1000papercuts.com/2008/04/larry-sinclair-obama-accusers-murky-past/

    Sinclair is a just a conservative's pipe dream, sorry guys.

    June 12, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Luis

    Please endorse Obama Jack,


    Vote McCain or join the insane

    June 12, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Sebastian

    Barack, I'll gladly donate $2,300. You can return Jack's check.

    June 12, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Obama

    Who cares? Jack still rocks.

    Obama rocks too.

    June 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Will in Richmond, VA

    Well. Jack, You may as well keep your money! It's the Jack Jinx, everyone!!

    And for those of you that feel Obama is too inexperienced:

    Only a fool, no matter how experienced he/she may be, would think they know everything. Obama has surrounded himself with the best people and uses THEIR experience. Which is what a SMART person would do. Just look at how he managed his campaign so far. How much experience did it take for Hillary to think she would win by Super Tuesday? How much experience did it take to decide to go to war in Iraq? How much experience did it take to support this 'gas-tax holiday'? Most of these people only have experience being politicians.

    I'll take Obama's inexperienced smarts any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    June 12, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. J in Houston

    Chris –

    Yes, findings by the Senate that perfectly follow party lines are obviously news and not political pandering and BS. How about we report that the Iraqi parliament passes more laws in a quarter than the US senate passes in a year.

    June 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Bayou Joe

    Come out for Obama, please , I am begging for your endorsement of Obama. You know how to pick losers.

    GO McCain, Country before party. Go McCain.

    June 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. rom, NY

    CNN get over it
    Don't be that superstitious !!!

    June 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Enlightened Voter -

    the Larry Sinclair thing was proven a lie so stop with it already repubs. It's a shame you have to resort to lies since you don't have any substance.

    June 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Loretta from California

    Senator Obama has a lot of convincing to do, but I'm sure people will come around in time.

    June 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Mark Cary, NC


    June 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. LB

    Why does Lisa need to save 30 dollars, is she takeing another trip back to Europe? We need roads and bridges fixed, gas prices lowered, food prices lowered, lower college tuition interest rates, I could go on and on. Obama won and Hillary lost. Plain and simple. It happens in all sporting contests and the supporters for the 2nd place team don't come back and ask the 1st place team to give up the trophy so they can have it. You accept it and life goes on. Like the saying goes. Only 2 sure things in life. DEATH & TAXES. We just have to make the best of all the rest life has to offer.

    June 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Marie

    In regards to Larry Sinclair, he failed a lie detector test a few months ago.
    However, he will have a news conference on June 18, 3:00 pm.
    This will be sponsored by Yeritas Federal Media at the Lisagor Room.
    This event is not affiliated with NPR.

    June 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Jack in ND

    Why is this "story" here?

    June 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. john fom LA

    Jack_PLEASE endorse Obama-so he won't WIN!!!!-if in fact this jinx works!

    June 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. LA WOMAN

    jack send your checks to mccain maybe he will be the next one out, we don't want your money.

    June 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. C K

    Fantastic at what he does know though! 3 Academy awards validate that!

    June 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. S. Wright

    Chris from San Antonio (where critical thinking has obviously hit rock bottom) is quoted:

    "This is news. No really. This is much more relevant than, say, the findings by the Senate that the White House straight out LIED to us to get the U.S. into Iraq."

    Somehow, I don't think Clinton, who signed the original legislative laws as, public law 105-235, and public law 105-338 entitled "The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998" will take too kindly to you stating that he LIED to get us into Iraq.

    If you want to talk about lying, look at what your last two presidential candidates, who supported those laws I brought up, were saying in 2003 and 2004.

    But please, continue on with being fooled by our Marxist media, and living the life of a useful idiot.

    June 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Kick Hillary to the Curb

    then please endorse JOhn McBush

    June 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. donna

    Yes Jack, endorse OBAMA and send him a check...the difference between Obama and the others is that he had enough forethought to surround himself with a great team of people to run his campaign..the others did NOT!!!

    We are not worried about any Jinx factors..Obama has overcome a lot of "bad omens" to get to where he is...not a problem at all!!!!

    June 12, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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