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. fairandstraight

    Anna, if he donated to every one except Sen. Obama, he maybe one of those if it's not a white dem then it's McCain.

    Then again, he seemed to had overlooked Edwards as well. In that case, he must have discriminated against the men that was so much more handsome than he will ever be.

    Keep your money Jack, we will donate to Obama's cause.

    Obama 08

    June 12, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Michael S.

    How on Earth can a rational woman make the leap from Hillary to McCain?

    McCain believes that birth control should not be covered by health insurance. (I wonder if he feels the same way about Viagra and testosterone patches?) He believes in abstinence-only education. He thinks that the Roe v. Wade ruling was an "error", and he's willing to attempt to overturn it.

    On top of that, let's flash back to when Mr. McCain returned from his captivity in Vietnam. He returned to his 1st wife, mother of his eldest three kids, who had been waiting faithfully the whole time. However, while he was away, his 1st wife had been in a disfiguring car accident that took several inches off of her height. What'd McCain do, as soon as she was no longer the beauty-queen? He kicked her wheelchair to the curb, and within a month of his finalized divorce, picked up his millionaire, 19-years-his-junior, heiress trophy wife.

    Yeah, what a woman's candidate. So how about it, former-Hillary, now-McCain supporters? I honestly want to know how you can make the leap. It baffles me.

    June 12, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Fav, Colorado

    He should endorse Obama, so hopefully he'll lose the presidency!!

    June 12, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Mark Cross Junction VA


    June 12, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Anne

    Carla dear obviously you got an A in stupidity at school and are going forward with it through life. Harry S truman is not a full name its a forename and surname and a middle initial. Please do tell me where the full middle name is there.

    June 12, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Luis

    @ Blake,

    No, I had it right. You are obviously caught up in "hopenosis" and voting without truly vetting your "candidate". Typical Liberal.......all mouth, not brains

    June 12, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. jr

    Every general election cycle we have to hear about which celebrity is backing which candidate like their opinion really makes a differnece to anyone. If you're casting your vote based on a celebrity endorsement you're probably brain dead.

    June 12, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    And this is news because....

    June 12, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Ron R


    June 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. mike

    I thought I was on Fox news there for a minute.

    June 12, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. aware

    Forget the nonsense!

    Obama=Bush No more extremes! Extreme right-wing to extreme left-wing is not change America can believe in.

    It is early! The economy will improve, and Iraq will continue to improve. Troops will begin to come home without a Democratic president!

    Barack doesn't know much about anything, and his judgment is not credible.

    Expensive suits and liberal universities do not make the man.

    Vote for the American hero, a centrist in touch with mainstream America! 🙂

    June 12, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Jeremy


    First of all...just to let you know.. your caps lock key is on.. you may want to check to see if you accidentally hit it before spamming the comments area...

    Why would any story on CNN.com 'benefit' you? I'm sure the writers do not wake up saying "jesus...yet another day of trying to find stories to benefit Nancy...." and those that do probably hang themselves out of sheer boredom.

    Also, this story does not put gas in your car? Well if you'd have spent the 8 hours it took you to come up with your comment and instead gone to work for the day, you would have made at least 50 bucks from your minimum wage job and then you'd have some gas money!

    And finally, if you don't know the "issues" that the candidates stand on by now you haven't been paying attention to the 1000000 other stories out there on the internet. Go do some research instead of looking at the political ticker for your daily dose of BS candidate news. You need to seriously consider every candidate and unfortunately only relying on cnn.com to provide that information to you is not going to be enough. Watch the debates, research more sites online, read about what other people's experiences are from the past primarys, etc. THEN (oops my caps lock key was pressed... ;)) you will know more about where the candidates stand on "the issues".

    My 2 cents.

    June 12, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Warner

    Texas Trail Dog

    The Looney Bin called. They want you to come back and take your meds

    June 12, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Go Hillary

    *****************JACK ROCKS!*******************************************

    June 12, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Jonathan, Holiday, Florida

    It is sad that CNN actually posted this story. Even worse that its viewers are believing it. No wonder this country has gone to hell.

    June 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Alanna

    Why is this news

    June 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. sal

    This story is as important as serving in the military being neither one is very important at all.

    June 12, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Carl

    Another reason why big media is a waste of time. Thanks for reconfirming my decision to stop going to CNN for news and to stick with democracynow.org

    June 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. atypical

    ANd how is this germane to the issue of the campaign?

    The substance of your articles appears to be waning at an alarming rate. Next I'll be reading an article about a black cat crossing Obama or McCain's path, forwarning their political demise.

    Really, where is our intelligence?
    Go find it!

    June 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Matt

    CNN, you are utterly ridiculous. This "story" and others like it are a waste of space, even for something as limitless as the web.

    June 12, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Dennis L

    Please don't give any money to Obama, Jack. We want him to win.

    June 12, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    A Democrat in Novermberr

    Your ignorance of compensation and beneifts is showing through.

    Military personnel serving on active duty right now--are already provided most ofthe benefits you are subscribing to. Fact is: increasing those benefits needlessly will increase the burden on taxpayers for participation which is a standard of the military service contract each military member has elected (voluntarily) to sign. Your allegations are ridiculous!!!

    Why bestow more benefits than required for a low intensity war?

    Clearly you do not pay taxes–or pay coprorate level taxes–because just 1/3 of the new benefits would bankrupt our current G.I.bill, and Veterans Administration resources.

    June 12, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. SJM

    I love the comments of some peeps that they want Obama, or any candidate for that matter, for more than one term. How do you know how good a president is going to be until he actually becomes president and does something for the country. There is a reason why terms are limited. Just an example of how supporters are disillusioned with their candidate, and how Dems fall in love with a candidate or just succumb to the "in" thing to do.

    June 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Christian, Tampa FL

    Why, why, why is this news? I just wasted thirty seconds reading this.

    June 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Maggie

    I don't ever remember hearing Obama promise to lower gas prices so I'm wondering why so many Obama supporters insinuate or think that he will. I also don't think he promised to lower the price of bread or milk. I'm all for supporting a candidate, but don't make it out like he is the all-mighty.

    June 12, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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