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. anthony

    Well, the Lakers are so much better than the Celtics they will win anyway.

    Go Lakers!!!

    June 12, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. marie

    Is this web site bias to Obama and his wife? Looks to me that it is. I thought there were 2 people running for president and not just Obama. You talk about all these polls that are showing Obama ahead in the lead, but I haven't talk to one person who has ever had a phone call to ask "who is your choice for the president" Where are these polls being taken? ??????????????......................... on his private jet!

    June 12, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Jeremy

    Super D:

    1. You spelled supreme wrong.

    2. Obama will not regulate your air conditioner...that is what your thermostat is for. (you know..the little round thingie that you can turn to make your house cold?) I'm sure he has much more important things to do like making sure gay marriage is EVERYWHERE!

    3. Gay Marriage everywhere?? You really think that there will be gay people getting married everywhere?? I'm sure they'll keep it low key just as the heterosexual people do...

    4. Terror Attacks????? The "terrorists" aren't going to attack us any more under a different president (and a much smarter one at that) than they did under GWB... do you think that George Bush had anything to do with stopping terror attacks? If anything, he let one slip through...

    And ... the D stands for Douchebag.

    June 12, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Francis, Texas

    I cannot believe any true patriot will continue to support the Republicans after what they've done. Take over a country with a $5.3 trillion surplus and run the highest deficit the country has ever had. Lied about the reason for the invasion, corruption in congress, phedophiles in congress. All the things we accussed the other party for doing. How can any evangelical continue to support these guys. I believe the party was hijacked a few years back. Wolves in sheep clothing. I am through with them until they can come around.

    June 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Peter

    It won't matter in any way change is coming and that is unstoppable. If he can read the signs then let him contribute to McCain campaign and probably he might keep his jinx.

    June 12, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Barack the Vote in RI

    Fist Scarlett Johansen now this?????

    CNN PLEASE report things which are newsworthy.

    June 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. steven

    typical cable news rubbish.

    June 12, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. NoMcSame

    Please vote McSame you JERK. Do like the rest of them who want to blame someone for their lost. No money no win.

    June 12, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. denvermark

    Give your jinx to old man insane-McCain-McBush.

    He is such a loser and needs all the "help" he can get.

    We need someone who can think clearly and motivate people.

    Thank God for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Uncle Sam

    True believers in an Obama presidency are prepared to support their candidate regardless of the growing number of questions being raised about him. They would have us believe that everything we need to know about Barack Obama can be found on his website or in his autobiography. Only what Obama tells us about himself is to be believed. Anything else is a manufactured political distraction. So what are you going to believe – the Obama script or your lying eyes?

    Change You Can Believe In.......Change I Can Believe In.......

    June 12, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Janet W

    Obama don't need his money, he's doing just fine without it.

    June 12, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. SZ

    Come on CNN - can we not do better than this?

    At least get one of your idiotic "senior analysts" to spout some opinionated gibberish...

    June 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Lynn

    Leave Jack alone.I loved his campaign ad for Hillary. Jack, if this might be true. please please please please send Obama money. Just $1.00 will do. Help save America.

    June 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. jim from california

    please do donate to obama jack, all $2,300. anything to stop the future tyranny of obama.

    June 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Matt Canoga Park

    I guess Jack has the same taste in presidents as he does in movie roles lately. Lousy. Remember a few months ago when he and the Liberal Meatball made their little skit for Hillary? Way to go from great Hollywood legend to dissapointing Hollywood Liberal.

    June 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Rave

    Jack Nicholson can donate a Million Dollars to Obama and he will still win.. Looks like CNN has no real work now-a-days, since their favorite candidate Hillary was kicked away.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Bill from ALabama

    Hang on in there Jack,you may not be wrong about Clinton! She may be the Democratic choice,yet! Obama has no where to go,from here,but down.......no experience,bad affiliations,questionable comments by his spouse, and a most liberal reputation in the Senate...............which all spell trouble for Obama.

    June 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. California Girl

    That's Okay Jack! I also donated to Hillary.
    Haven't yet decided to donate to Obama, though!

    June 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Angela

    USAF: "Still being active duty I know myself and many of my friends will not be staying in if Obama is elected. I only have 5 years remaining untill retirement but will not serve it under Obama"

    So you would throw your future away because? You did not say anything good about the Clintons–no pay raises, no defending the country, but those where the good old days, yes?. Give at least a good reason why you would not vote for Obama, and stop calling his supporters scary. I find Hillary's supporters much more frightening.

    June 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Jeff

    America is about the only country in the world that is still not socialist or communist or marxist or totalitarian. But if Obama takes office, his 'goverment handles everything' approach will send us down that road. Sorry, but it is 'what can we do for our country', not 'what can our country do for us.'

    June 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Elf

    No More Drama

    Dont vote for Obama

    June 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Cici diAngelo

    This shows that Nicholson does NOT support Obama – smart man! He supported anyone BUT Obama.

    June 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. John Doe

    Are American this stupit?

    June 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. NYC Native

    Obama "extreme left wing?" That must make me a Little Red Book waving Maoist.

    June 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. LadyWriter214

    I love Jack Nicholson!
    (And, I love Marlon Brando, his longtime neighbor)

    I was just watching "The Missouri Breaks" yesterday.

    Love you, Jack!!!

    (And, you contributed to the RIGHT candidate in Hillary Clinton).

    June 12, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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