A celebrity has just as much right to speak out as people who hold real jobs. This is America, after all, and you should not be precluded from voicing your opinions just because you sing songs, mouth other peoples' words on a sitcom or, for that matter, spin a giant multi-colored wheel on a game show.
Sexual scandals are especially effective against Republicans who can then also be accused of hypocrisy inasmuch as they're always spouting off about morality and junk like that. Of course, some personal issues such as former Klan membership or leaving the scene of a fatal accident are off limits for obvious reasons.
If I went in to pitch this show to a network, I would be laughed out of the room.
The most important political task facing the out-of-power party - the Democrats for now - is creating a villain to run against. It's certainly easier than developing some grand new ideas or policies on which to campaign.
That's the trouble with trying to influence an undecided voter. First you have to find one.
Political pornography is not unlike the sexual kind: difficult to define, but you know it when you see it.
I'm more concerned about members of Congress being drug-free than I am about members of the Yankees or Giants.
I guess I can be moderately amusing at times, but the idea of standing up in front of 200 people with beers is just too frightening.
It seems there is something about anonymity which brings out the worst in us. If you doubt that, come with me into the often-weird world of Internet chat rooms and message boards.
I suspect most self-described 18-year-old Scandinavian women named Inga who collect and wear string bikinis are, in reality, more likely to be middle-aged, pot-bellied guys named Lou who collect and wear string cheese.
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Clinton cost John Kerry more votes than he gained for him whenever they appeared together. Imagine being part of a crowd enraptured by the presence of Bill Clinton, and then having to listen to a speech by John Kerry!
There's something to be said for treating it as a career, and not as sort of this celebrity cauldron,
The rhetoric has become so super-heated that, sadly, I find myself having fewer and fewer political discussions these days. And while I miss the spirited give-and-take, when Supreme Court Justices become worse than Hitler and when those who vote a certain way do so because they're idiots, it's time to talk about the weather.
Anyone who has seen me spin that heavy, giant wheel on television knows that I'm not a steroid user.
When I ask my Liberal friends why they loathe President Bush so deeply (not his policies or his politics, but the man himself), I am often told by them that Conservatives 'started it' by loathing Bill Clinton.
I respect your opinion. And don't forget to put that tooth under your pillow tonight.
I'm talking about O.J. Simpson. As he prowls the nation's golf courses searching for the real murderers of his ex-wife, let us not forget that it was the Simpson saga that taught TV news directors an important lesson a Big Story can generate big numbers and big profits.
I said yes, which turned out to be the right answer.
When you're on local TV in LA, in a way you're auditioning every night, because producers are sitting at home watching the news in their underwear like everybody else, ... Merv called and said, 'I'm doing a game show.' I said, 'Well, maybe.'
A celebrity's opinion should not be given any more weight than anyone else's, unless there is some special expertise the celebrity brings to a subject. That expertise should involve real life, as opposed to having once portrayed a doctor or a mayor or a scientist in a movie or on a television show.
It seems to me we have been in a rhetorical arms race in this country, with each side unwilling to lay down its weapons for fear - usually justified - the other side would beat them to a pulp.
Baseball fans west of New York City might hate the Yankees, but Yankee-hating is a good thing for the sport. Stadiums sell out, ratings go up and a team's own shortcomings can be blamed on someone else.
You know, I wish I could make this show sound tougher than it is Patrick, but I can't. I'm sorry. Here in Florida over the course of four days, we're doing 20 shows. And I'm not going to tape again until the middle of January.
This is a tough time for our men and women, and they are doing some tough work, and not always with universal appreciation for what they are doing. This is our way of reminding Americans of the great work they do and our way of showing a little appreciation and, hopefully, spreading a little money their way.
There is a certain comfort in waking up and finding that Michael Jackson is still the Big Story. At least it tells you that nothing horrible has happened in the world that would force them to move on to real news.
Sometimes you just stumble into something that works, and here I am a quarter of a century later.
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